it's very intimidating for sure. glad it worked out for ya. so what was holding the cover that you couldnt find?
It was the famous hidden bolt below the Oil Pump. The one and only Allen head in the bunch. I just couldn't see it because I was trying to pull the cover with the filter still on to avoid making a big mess in my garage. The filter on the 90 is turned backward from the one on my '86, and completely covers the bolt. Can't see it if you don't take the filter off.
I found it interesting there were NO bolts through the pan into the cover like my old '86 with a steel pan. But, whatever works. Got it all sealed up except v/c gaskets. I can't seem to get my schedule coordinated with my son's to get those done. I think they're leaking pretty bad, or at least bad enough for oil to get on the manifolds and stink. It's not losing any coolant now, at least.
Not sure, but it may have a drooling rear main too. Hard to tell with the v/c's leaking. I've done the rear main on my 5.0 in my truck with M5OD tranny. That wasn't really all that difficult other than getting the rear cross member out. That truck had enough bolts in it to put a skyscraper together, and EVERY stinkin one had a vibration proof nut on it. Dunno what it's like yanking one of these AOD's out. Hard to tell right now if I need to with the leaking v/c's. I don't think the AOD will be much worse to pull than the M5OD was, other than the vulnerable pan on the bottom. I think I can handle that problem with my tranny jack, tho.
I also put the bronze bushing mod kit in the kick-down cable on the throttle lever. WOW, what a difference in that car. No more hard shifting and bogging down on hills. I was worried that after I put it in that I'd find out it had a destroyed AOD because of the horror stories I've read. I have no idea how long it's been broken nor how much the car's been driven with it broken. I'd love to find an AOD to put behind my 3.8 in my Fox, as well as the top end for multiport injection. That would really bring that engine to life. I keep reading about the anemic 3.8's. His has the 3.8 with speed-density multiport injection instead of the CFI like mine. My CFI is a gutless wonder, but his is anything but. That MFI 3.8 will smoke the rear tires. I don't think the MN12 is quite as heavy as my Fox, tho. Best I can tell, his is still very sound mechanically. Mine should be as well. It's had a long block replacement and only has about 40K on it. I can't imagine having the 3.8 SC.
I've also done the hinges on the ds door. It was pretty badly worn, so I don't know how long the new bushings are going to hold up. The door was drooping nearly an inch at the back edge. Someone had moved the top hinge and shimmed the heck outta the bottom hinge. Took a little while to get it realigned, but the new latch bolt with the roller on it helped. Kinda weird that a 90's door was in so much worse shape than my 86. The 86 has NEVER had anything done to the door hinge, and still hangs true. No slop in it whatsoever. Dunno, but just judging from the condition of the 90, it looks like it's spent some time in salt. Not enough to destroy the body or frame, but enough to attack the hinges, etc where there's no rust protection. PS door was OK, though, as I expected. Most of us with 'Birds sorta spend a lotta time in 'em by ourselves, and the passenger door seldom gets used.