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    Thumbs down mystery solved...annoyed with my oil pan.

    Since 2006, Ive had an oil leak that has came and went with no apparent cause. Randomly, or so it seemed, i'd find a few ounces of oil in the bilge of my boat but could never figure out where it came from.

    The only thing I could determine was that If i put 11 quarts of oil in my engine, I'd find oil in the bilge after a few days of sitting with the bow of the boat up in the air. If I changed the oil and only put in 10, no oil in the bilge.

    Ive had the pan off several times over the years and checked the welds at the front and rear seams of the pan for cracks-nothing.

    The last time I ran my boat it was losing crankcase vacuum according to my data system and once again, I found oil in the bilge, more than ever.

    I pulled the engine today and found a sweet inch-long crack running the length of my aluminum pan right in the middle of the kickout.

    I guess its been there since the pan was new but it was hard to see until it grew.

    Its halfway up the wall of the pan.

    So now i get to fix the pan, which I'm not stoked about because the patch panel will look like shit.

    Don't even get me started on the fact that they cut the pieces for the trap doors and braces inside the pan and assembled it without deburring the parts they put inside of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone View Post
    Since 2006, Ive had an oil leak that has came and went with no apparent cause. Randomly, or so it seemed, i'd find a few ounces of oil in the bilge of my boat but could never figure out where it came from.

    So now i get to fix the pan, which I'm not stoked about because the patch panel will look like shit.

    Don't even get me started on the fact that they cut the pieces for the trap doors and braces inside the pan and assembled it without deburring the parts they put inside of it.
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    Well it works in Baja for patching motorcycle cases anyway. Punched a hole in the case of my Suzuki used a dime to bridge the gap and then JB qwick. The same case was on the bike 4 yrs later and well over 1,500 miles of Baja riding.

    So I'm kind of joking about your pan, but it will work.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone View Post
    Since 2006, Ive had an oil leak that has came and went with no apparent cause. Randomly, or so it seemed, i'd find a few ounces of oil in the bilge of my boat but could never figure out where it came from.

    The only thing I could determine was that If i put 11 quarts of oil in my engine, I'd find oil in the bilge after a few days of sitting with the bow of the boat up in the air. If I changed the oil and only put in 10, no oil in the bilge.

    Ive had the pan off several times over the years and checked the welds at the front and rear seams of the pan for cracks-nothing.

    The last time I ran my boat it was losing crankcase vacuum according to my data system and once again, I found oil in the bilge, more than ever.

    I pulled the engine today and found a sweet inch-long crack running the length of my aluminum pan right in the middle of the kickout.

    I guess its been there since the pan was new but it was hard to see until it grew.

    Its halfway up the wall of the pan.

    So now i get to fix the pan, which I'm not stoked about because the patch panel will look like shit.

    Don't even get me started on the fact that they cut the pieces for the trap doors and braces inside the pan and assembled it without deburring the parts they put inside of it.
    Don't cut your self short, make something trick, and billet, to be welded over the repair. Blue cup, red cup racing, ect....
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    i feel your pain. my stefs aluminum pan cracked on the bottom, one of the trap doors/braces. so it got patched. now im prety sure its cracked on the bottom again. mystery oil in the bilge. cant find oil anywhere but on the bottom of the pan.

    i think a steel pan is going on this winter.

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    Pans do take a beating, Ive had mine welded more than once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sleekcrafter View Post
    Don't cut your self short, make something trick, and billet, to be welded over the repair. Blue cup, red cup racing, ect....
    There you go. Nice billet piece that says "Cyclone Racing Pans", "Engines by Cyclone" Just make it look deliberate.



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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone View Post
    Don't even get me started on the fact that they cut the pieces for the trap doors and braces inside the pan and assembled it without de burring the parts they put inside of it.
    I know exactly what you mean. Damn "card carrying members of the meat cutters union"... I've seen sections that came right off the bandsaw hatcheted in to some expensive hardware... Problem is, after assembly it is almost impossible to do the deburring...Those super sharp, ragged edges make it real hard to scoop out the broken parts without cutting the piss out of your hands...Not to mention the doors that stick and bind because of those ragged edges...Where o' where is good old American craftsmanship?.....And pride of the "finished" part?
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    PS Armando's stuff, (Pans) are usually very well done, right down to the de burring details....He has a lot of PRIDE in what he makes.....
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