Oil pan salvage

Thu May 06, 2004 8:57 am

First I cleaned up the oil pan with kerosene. Then put it in the elctro vat for a couple of days. Then I wire brushed it clean down to bare metal. The problem is that it is very pitted now. it even has a few pin holes all the way through mostly in the front slowp. Can I save it now? Will something like a gas tank sealer work on the inside? Or should I call JPs for another one?


Thu May 06, 2004 10:34 am

You can probably fix the leaks any of several ways. I would expect the tank sealer to work (after all, it works for gas). JB Weld or any of several other epoxys sould be applied from the inside. You could probably braze it as well.

Replacing it may be less work but is probably mostly a question of cosmetics.

Thu May 06, 2004 12:15 pm

Jim's repaires will probably work quite well, but the way my luck goes I would probably get a replacement. Just my personal choice, nothing wrong with repairing it.

Thu May 06, 2004 12:27 pm

Ken, I have a pan you can have. I need to check it to see if it's better than yours. I can even get it at least halfway to you next Saturday and maybe right in your back yard if my brother-in-law from Shively is there. If you're interested, send me a PM or an e-mail.

Thu May 06, 2004 1:36 pm

I have been wondering about the gas tank liner - it's a great product for gas tanks; but, oil gets about 200+ deg. and I was not sure about the elevated temperature.

I have a '79 Ford 4x4 with pin holes in the oil pan and replacement pans are almost impossible to find. If you do find one it's about $175 to $200 - Does anyone have any experience with trying to line an oil pan?

Thanks for any info.


Thu May 06, 2004 2:00 pm

Oscar, I would think that brazing would be more than acceptable if cosmetics are not an issue.

Fri May 07, 2004 7:36 pm

Ken I used JB Weld on a toyota truck oil pan .I completely covered with a thin coat up to the bolt lip. They only wanted $200.00 CDN for a knew one.It lasted fot three years,then was sold for engine only.Just make sure you clean well before applying weld. :lol:

Fri May 07, 2004 8:22 pm

$20.00 for a decent oil pan. I'd be tempted to get this in lieu of patching.