I'm technically competent / able to turn a wrench correctly, but lacking in experience. Your help and guidance is greatly appreciated.
My 428SCJ Eliminator finally made it into my garage (more on that later). I did pick up a set of 1970 Ford manuals (5 book set), so it has given me the basic answers, but I'm running into "oddities" expected on a 43yo car thats been fiddled with over the years.
1) Spark Plugs: BSF42C are installed, which I understand is appropriate. I'm finding the gaps are all at about 0.030" (tighter than the 0.035" spec in the book).
- The heads have received hardened valve seats, and the pistons were changed to lower the compression for modern gas. Would this require the tighter plug gaps?
- There is also quite a bit of oily build up around the plug holes and of course on the plugs themselves. This doesn't seem normal to me, but I'm new to this. I'm going through and cleaning all the gunk off as I go. Any issues I should be checking on this?
2) Oil Pan: my factory oil pan is pretty dented in on the bottom side.
- Is it at all feasible to pull the pan and gently masage it back into some semblance of a pan shape? Or just don't worry about it?
- If I do pull the pan, will I be required to replace the pan gasket, or are they generally reusable if treated gently?
Thanks in advance fellahs!