Restoration and installation of a 1930 Ford Model A Oil Pan
Yes I think the pan was too green so I went for black, I think you’ll agree it looks a darn sight better? 🙂
Got the oil pump cleaned, the pan painted and the gasket & seals in place, but ran into some issues with the plastic snap ups. Will try again with some metal locating studs, watch this space.
Thanks to Mrs F for the delicate trimming of seals 🙂
Still working on the oil pan, got the oil gallery slotted plug out of the block without too much drama and inserted the oil pump retainer tool ready for re installation of the oil pan. Bought some paraffin today to do a final clean on all the components, before weather permitting painting the pan tomorrow.
I’ve had a good read and check on the forums about how to remove the oil pan baffle on the Model A. This is the method I chose, maybe not the best, but it worked OK for me 🙂
As you can see there was plenty of sludge under the baffle!
I used a combination of 3-1 Heavy Duty Cleaner Degreaser ,soap and water and a pressure cleaner. Might give it a final wash with paraffin to finish it off. Also removed the old rope and cork seals and scraped the old gasket material from the oil pan & block surfaces.
In the UK we call it a “sump” in the US it’s called an “oil pan” whatever you want to call it I removed it today to give it a clean out. It’s not as sludged up as I feared it might be especially as the oil looked horrendous as I was draining it out. Another added bonus was the lack of any noticeable metal filings in the drain bowl. As most people know the Model A Ford has a pump assisted splash engine lubrication system for want of a better description, plus the Model A was born in the days before detergent oils meaning that the sludge would build up in the engine over time causing a lack of lubrication and probable engine damage. My oil pan has about 2 inches of sludge in the the bottom of the pan, plus some residual sludge in the crankcase. With the oil pan removed you can get a view of the crank & cam shafts, which is of particular interest as I have a bit of an engine knock on cold start. Hopefully we are not looking at mains or big ends as the has babbitt style bearings. Next steps will be clean the pan & crankcase before removing all the old gasket material prior to refitting the pan. For part of the job I used a Ford spanner given to me by my Dad about 35 years ago!