Cracked Oil Pan

Evolved

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I was doing an f-body oil pan swap on my 5.3 tonight. I was almost done and torquing down the last bolt to spec when I heard a POP!

Upon closer inspection I noticed that I cracked the oil pan at the back. The crack runs right along the very outer corner of the pan diagonal right next the bolt hole behind the oil filter. it doesn't look like oil will leak from anywhere around that spot.

Is it completely ruined, should I buy a new one? Or, should I wait until it is all ready to go, start it and see if it leaks? <----- I know that may seem ghetto but this damn thing is brand spanking new and I don't really want to buy another one.

Sooooo NOT happy right now.
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S-10Dave

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Also, unlike a traditional stamped steel pan, you can't just snug them all then final torque each one. You gotta work up in steps. For these bolts, increments of 10 ft- pounds is pushing your luck.
 

Evolved

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Weld it, then leave out the rtv that you aren't supposed to use and don't need for any part of any LSx.
I only used it because the instructions that came with the "kit" I bought called for it. Only in two small spots at the corners. Guess I will skip that part after it is welded.
 

S-10Dave

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I fabricated my own mild steel oilpan for my 4.8L LSx, the bottom of it is 1/4" thick, the sides are 1/8", no chance of hurting it on any rocks, but the thing ended up costing me nearly as much as just buying a new cast aluminum pan, so my only advantage is the one i built will fit anywhere an 80s SBC car pan would fit.
Id sell it for the right price.
 
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I fabricated my own mild steel oilpan for my 4.8L LSx, the bottom of it is 1/4" thick, the sides are 1/8", no chance of hurting it on any rocks, but the thing ended up costing me nearly as much as just buying a new cast aluminum pan, so my only advantage is the one i built will fit anywhere an 80s SBC car pan would fit.
Id sell it for the right price.
You should post a pic I am curious to see how you built it.
 
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