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Thanks for letting me join. I have a 1962 Galaxie 500 that has been sitting in a Texas pasture for about 25 years. It’s a 4 door sedan with a stuck 390 4 bbl auto and air. It has fan clutch and I’m trying to get it off to be able to get a socket on the crankshaft bolt to try and turn the engine. (The cylinders have been soaking with Marvel Mystery Oil for over a month.) The bolts that hold the clutch on are so close to the back of the fan that I can’t get my fingers in there to remove them or to restart them for replacement. Is there a trick to this? Thank you for any help you can give me.
 

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A fan clutch on a '62 390 - that would be an aftermarket application.
Those 4 bolts would not be easy to remove.
If the bolt turn, then the removal process is just slow and will take a long time.
At first you will use a boxed end wrench. The bolt is only going to turn a 1/4 turn before the wrench hits the center of the clutch.
After a period of time the bolt will not have much resistance and you can use the open end of the wrench

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Thanks. That is what I’m up against. I was hoping there would be a better way. I’m not sure how I’ll be able to start the bolts back once I’m done. There just don’t seem to be room. Thanks again.
 

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The water pump has a locating center lug that at least centers the assembly.
You will have to spin/turn the assembly to line up the holes.

Not an easy thing and it can be done.
Welcome to old school engine design that has some issues

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to reassemble, get studs for the pump and nuts to hold the fan on. works much better
Thanks. That makes sense, even though I’m still not real sure I’ll be able to start the nuts due to clearance. But it will likely be easier than starting the bolts.
 

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The water pump has a locating center lug that at least centers the assembly.
You will have to spin/turn the assembly to line up the holes.

Not an easy thing and it can be done.
Welcome to old school engine design that has some issues

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Thank you. Maybe it will come together once the fan clutch is off the water pump.
 

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Post pictures when the fan and clutch are removed.

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Actually the bolt heads are behind the fan and clutch assy. Access is on the engine side of the fan. NOt the radiator side.

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