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Does anyone know if the oil pump pickup canister and screen on a 1959 235 are removable for the purpose of cleaning. I just dropped the oil pan from a motor that has been sitting for years and found the pickup screen to be covered in goo. Is any of it serviceable without removing the entire oil pump assembly. By the way, glad I didn't find any acorns in this one. I was hesistant to try to turn the canister or the tube.
Back in the day of non detergent and some times paraffin based oil it was standard procedure to pour some gas on the screen and set it on fire---it burns for a l-o-n-g time. A tap on a hard surface and a puff from an air gun gave it a like new look.
But how do you remove the screen to clean it? I have the oil pan off but can't see any screws or threads holding the pickup on. I don't have a shop manual for a 59 and I am afraid to pry or twist anything.
You have to remove the pump or take the bottom of the pump off. I would not suggest taking the pump apart. The gasket will likely tear and you can’t find one or cut just any material. Just take the pump off and unscrew the pickup from the pump.
I was hoping to remove the screen without having to remove the pump assembly. Looks like the tube where it fits into the pump housing might be a friction fit rather than threaded. I think I might have just enough room to wiggle it off. I'm afraid of breaking something.