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Posted April 28, 2013 - 07:20 PM

I need to know if it can be done. Just got two kohler k181s engines off of 1964-65 wheel horses and to make them fit the Springfield correctly the oil pan drain needs to be on the other side to be able to miss the clutch linkage. It can work where it is as just a plug in the pan but draining becomes messy. The boss is there on the other side, just not drilled and tapped, and it looks like the pans should fit ammidextriously on the outside. If it can be rotated than I just need gaskets, otherwise I need a drill lol.

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Posted April 28, 2013 - 07:33 PM

Is there clearance in the bottom of the pan on one side for the slinger?



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Posted April 28, 2013 - 07:36 PM

This oil pan is flat bottom.

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Posted April 28, 2013 - 07:39 PM

Never having owned that model engine, I can't truly say, but I would think it would swap end for end.


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Posted April 28, 2013 - 07:54 PM

Casey,

 

Changing the oil pan the way you want it, won't hurt a thing. You won't be changing the flow of the oil drainage in the pan, so it will still flow towards the drain hole, and as you said, the bottom of the pan isn't recessed for needing clearance for anything.


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Posted April 28, 2013 - 08:14 PM

Think it would work, BUT, on wheelhorse some had bolt holes UP from bottom on one side because of narrow frames and they would flip around then. BUT, if you just use the holes in mount feet and not a WH anyway, would think would be fine. Bigger K'engines have bump outs on some case sides and others not, and they don't interchange between all sizes.


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Posted April 28, 2013 - 08:28 PM

The springfields use the feet, so should be a ok. Just bought two oil pan gaskets so will start out and try to rotate the already redone engine's oil pan and then tackle the other oil pan when I rebuild it.

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Posted April 28, 2013 - 10:31 PM

Casey how are you going to mount the engine if the oil pan is rotating? :D :rolling: (Sorry I had too :wave:)


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Posted May 01, 2013 - 04:53 PM

Got my two new gaskets in the mail today. When I rotate one of the 180 degrees to the other the holes don't line up... Not looking good so will have to measure the engine to be sure... If not possible I either need to leave it be or get another oil pan...

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Posted May 01, 2013 - 06:39 PM

Why isn't moving the drain hole viable? ..... or drilling the hole in the bottom and plugging with a spring loaded plug?






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