BTW, Great looking shop!!!
Here's a link to the auszookers website discussion of a 2.5 to 2.7 engine swap (manual trans):Following this post as I'm considering doing this exact swap. Please post all you find out rallison203. I have a 2003 2.7L cornered with under 100,000 miles for a decent price. Thanks!!!
Did you pull the manifolds that were in the previous engine? Those lower 3 nuts are all rusted and it gets worse from there. Now that you mention it, I remember shouldering that same nut when reinstalling it, too!! So maybe you did get lucky.Weird. I installed my manifolds after the engine was in place, and the three lower studs where not nearly as hard to get to as some other vehicles I've worked on. I guess I got lucky!
Yes I even used wax. That may have helped but it finally came off with an extractor socket and a whole lot of carving with a dremel tool.All I used is the PB, but wax works well on exhaust components too.
Here's another tidbit.Please post all you find out rallison203.
It must be a repair. Maybe there was a crack or something. I can use my other oil pan; I was just wondering if there was some fancy venting or something in the h27a that I hadn't heard of before.It looks more like a boss / attachment point to fasten something external to the pan.
Not sure what nor why though.