Sep 29, 2010 update to the Chevrolet Camaro project car

Fishing for Fragments

Since we pulled the engine at home, we left the trans intact to minimize the mess.
With carefully organized wiring and plumbing, pulling this engine is a breeze.
Remove the oil pan with the engine right-side up to keep fragments from falling into the engine.
The Canton oil pump pickup is screened for exactly this reason.
Most bits were fished from the front part of the oil pan with a magnet.

Canton Racing Products saved our engine.

Who says no news is good news? We’re thrilled to report that all of the crap formerly known as a roller lifter was resting peacefully in our oil pan.

Here’s a tip: During the teardown process, do not turn your engine upside down to remove the oil pan. If you do, fragments will redisperse throughout the engine. Lie upside down, pull the oil pan, then rotate the engine.

Canton Racing Products supplied the oil pan and oil pump pickup in the photos. As you can see, the oil pan has trap doors and windage screens. Their primary role is to direct oil flow toward the pump. As an added benefit, the baffling system makes it difficult for large fragments to be swept up into the oil pump. Even better, the oil pump pickup is screened for added protection. Minute filings can make it past the screen, but they will get trapped by the oil filter.

Next up: cutting open the oil filter and replacing the damaged camshaft. We’re confident that the bearings are safe, but we’ll remove caps just to make sure.

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WilD
WilD HalfDork
8/6/09 9:43 a.m.

Great looking car!

Steve Chryssos
Steve Chryssos Reader
9/29/10 10:00 a.m.

Who says no news is good news? We're thrilled to report that all of the crap formerly known as a roller lifter was resting peacefully in our oil pan.

Here's a tip: During the teardown process, do not turn your engine upside down to remove the oil pan. If you do, fragments will redisperse throughout the engine. Lie upside down, pull the oil pan, then rotate the engine.

Canton Racing Products supplied the oil pan and oil pump pickup in the photos. As you can see, the oil pan has trap doors and windage screens. Their primary role is to direct oil flow toward the pump. As an added benefit, the baffling system makes it difficult for large fragments to be swept up into the oil pump. Even better, the oil pump pickup is screened for added protection. Minute filings can make it past the screen, but they will get trapped by the oil filter.

Next up: cutting open the oil filter and replacing the damaged camshaft. We're confident that the bearings are safe, but we'll remove caps just to make sure.

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