Vette(s): 1973 L82 4 Speed Coupe - Very original, well documented driver/survivor. 2016 Bend Regional NCRS Top Flight.
Richard, your oil pan can be removed without raising the engine, but you will have to lower or remove the steering linkage. if you unbolt the idler arm from the passenger side and disconnect the power steering valve from the steering box, the linkage will drop drop down far enough to get the pan out. Good luck.
Vette(s): 1974 Stingray and 2004 Six-speed Convertible
I have removed the oil pan from my 454 by just removing the idler arm. I didn't have to disconnect any of the steering linkage. It took some maneuvering but got it out and back in with just the idler arm off and the metal cover over the bottom of the flywheel, of course.
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