My Spitfire has clearance issues with exhaust pipes, bell housing, transmission brace and my oil pan. They are all quite scraped and battered, this all due to the Toyota Celica 20R engine. So, my oil pan caved in the other night when I hit some sort of bump in the highway, almost like a pipe, I never really saw it too well, but I sure felt it. My car does not do speed bumps at all, it slams the weight of the car on the oil pan. Which is what it did. The whole way home I was trying to figure out the scary loud clicking sound in time to my revs. Turns out it was the oil pan baffle contacting the crankshaft, an easy fix, but the oil pan is really banged up and the metal is worn very thin from 10 years of driving. It's a wonder it does not currently leak and it is still functional and I could assemble and drive it today, but I will end up springing a leak very soon now.
I can't seem to find a new oil pan or a used one at all. A "center sump 1977 Celica oil pan" gets nothing that looks like this one. Apparently rock climber trucks use the Celica oil pan for extra clearance for the idler arm. It only holds 3 1/2 quarts of oil, it is an amazing and super special pan compared to the 6 or so other oil pans made for a 20R, all of which are huge for trucks. I have searched high and low.
There is a sturdy welded front cross brace on the frame and I could weld a skid plate of steel to cover the oil pan, but then the oil pan would be non removable. Maybe that would begin to rattle over time. The metal on the bottom of the oil pan is thin and unevenly bent, tough to weld a skid plate on that. Open to all suggestions. I feel I cannot drive until this is addressed and Autumn weather arrived yesterday.
Toyfire: A Bump in the Night. Now with scary sounds!
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