Ahh…shucks! More evidence of sabotage on my '63 FHC? Who knows, but it is suspicious that a car can be driven into a restoration shop and leave with a “repaired” and leaking sump. Another surprise I suspect came from the angst between my aunt and the shop 30 years ago.
I’ve been successful in getting the engine turned over and most of what I’ve seen looks like a job well done on the engine. There are noticeable welding repairs to the bottom of the pan; I was hopeful all would be okay, but such is not the case and I’ve been watching it for several days now. At first I thought perhaps the drain bolt was the culprit because it was not very tight. Not so. There is only a quart of oil in the pan at most; just that I’ve put in to lube the valve train. The oil is actually running backwards from the repair near the center of the pan. There are multiple repairs, just this one (I think) is leaking. I cleaned the suspect area and pinpointed where I think the leak is. I can witness the oil appearing where I point after many hours of sitting. I can catch this area with my fingernail quite easily.
So, what to do. Can the pan be successfully repaired with a proper weld? This is a cast pan, so any weld will have to have proper heating so as to not cause even more damage. Any advice?
Also, what’s the best way to remove the pan? I haven’t yet looked at a manual to see what needs to be done.
What about the main seals?