i already removed all the bolts from the pan because the cross member was covered in oil leaking on my garage floor. then yesterday i noticed oil on the left side of the engine coming from the valve cover breather i think the oil was leaking out of there when i was at high rpms is there any way i could just bolt up the oil pan with out installing the new gasket? the old one is still attached to the bottom of the block. yes i do have the fel pro one piece gasket.Matthew, I just saw your thread in the "best of" section. Just remember safety first when doing this job. Use long pry bars where you can....in place of your hands and fingers. Do your best to track down your engine and accessory numbers and make sure try to get the correct gasket the first time around. Do you plan to use the 1 piece felpro or rubber and cork old school style?
So essentially, are you doing this cause you have an oil leak? If so, are you certain its a gasket issue?