Originally Posted by 95naSTA
That oil pickup looks different from the one on my 95 and the one in my spare parts bin.
That'* the F-Body pickup in the photo. I didn't see any need to discard it as it fits the pan just fine.
Some more stuff going on. The intake manifold gasket surfaces are cleaned to a inch of their lives with acetone to remove any oil on the surfaces.
Next, I applied beads of RTV on both ends of the valley and also around the coolant passeges coming out the heads. ( This isn't the way you are supposed to do it, but with all the coolant failures that are happening, I'm going to deviate and try to take extra steps to seal the manifold up.)
Next on, the intake gaskets and more RTV. On the manifold valley gaskets, there'* is only one gasket type supplied in the kit. You must trim off one leg on each gasket to get them to fit properly to the block.
Now the intake manifold goes on with the twelve 5/16" - 18 tpi x 1.25" bolts. When installing them with a lot of RTV, get all the bolts in loose, then start snugging them down in a criss-cross pattern (working from the middle four towards the ends.) Don't be in a big hurry, just keep repeating the pattern till they are all hand tight. Then torque to 11 ft-lbs in the same criss-cross pattern.
Once the manifold is on, I need to install the locating dowel pins for the supercharger. They are pressed into the counter bores on two of the SC bolts. Here, I'm using a bolt and a stack of washers to press one of them into the manifold.
And last, on goes the supercharger with it'* gaskets and O-rings.
Time to take a break and start fabricating a few items I'll need to finish this. (These are items that are caused by the motor going into a 1990 Bonneville.)