“Outlaw” came over Monday night and inside of one hour 20 min. he had the engine on the engine stand and we had the oil pan off.

The inside of the engine looked as good as the day I assembled it back in 2009 (see entry below). We must have done something right!

Today, I took the oil pan over to Miles Collins in Erwinville, LA and he welded the spot on the pan and tested it for leaks. The crack was in a very unique spot, under the trap door where the oil flows into the sump where the oil pump pickup resides. The welding had to be done on the outside. Miles did the welding while I waited. Again, Thanks Miles! Now all I have to do is clean all the gasket surfaces and reassemble the bottom. I am installing a new flex-plate, SFI date will be good.