I recently dropped the cradle on my 88GT to replace the differential bearings on the getrag. Everything went well.
When I dropped the cradle I took it outside, used oven cleaner and pressure washed everything before removing the engine and trans.
While the engine was on the stand I:
-replaced water pump
-ported and painted all three intake manifolds
-ported both exhaust manifolds
-replaced fuel filter and o-rings
-replaced fuel injector o-rings (all seven sets)
-converted A/C to R-134 (replaced dryer, exp. tube, and most o-rings)
-painted valve covers
-cleaned everything I removed from the engine and trans
-replaced engine mount and both trans mounts
-new plugs and ignition parts
-new clutch set
Once I got it back together I set the timing and it runs fantastic. Starts on the first tweak of the ignition switch. Get's 28.5 mpg on my 150 mile daily commute.
I do notice a steady drip of oil from behind the harmonic balancer. This leak was probably there before I dropped the cradle as evidenced by the soggy, deteriorated front engine mount.
I put it up on jack stands, removed the RR wheel, fender liner, and splash curtain. I sprayed down the area with brake clean and blew it off with compressed air.
I start it up and as it starts to warm up I can see a drip from behind the harmonic balancer. I can't tell yet if it is from the seal or maybe from the oil pan gasket.
I've searched the forum (active and archives) and Google for details on replacing the front main crankshaft seal but only find references to replacing the rear main seal.
If I confirm that it is coming from the seal what needs to be removed in order to replace the seal with the engine still in the car? I've replaced the timing chain cover gasket on my 85SE V-6 before with the engine in the car with no problems.
Do I need to remove:
-belts and crank pulley
-water pump and timing chain cover
Is it a one piece seal that is pressed in around the crankshaft?
I need to nose around underneath some more and take a closer look behind the harmonic balancer with my inspection camera to see exactly where the drip is coming from.
How do I replace the oil pan gasket if it is needed?
[This message has been edited by Carrolles (edited 11-17-2013).]