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Old 07-09-2010, 02:40 PM
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Rusted Pan!!

Just noticed that my engine oil pan is quite remarkably rusted at the edges. Paint is flaking and rust is bubbled more than 1/16" in places - looks like it is rusted from the inside. Can't believe it isn't leaking!

This engine is in great shape. Oil is changed every year (c6,000 miles) and I always use top synthetic like Mobil 1, Pennzoil, Quaker State...

Is this pan double skinned?

I have to drive about 1,200 miles (leaving tomorrow) and there is no way I can get a new or used pan in less than a week.

Am I going to get stuck?

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Old 07-09-2010, 08:04 PM
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WOW, haven't seen rust like that since my 1952 Ford Zephyr!

Problem was poor metal prep in the factory. There's even rust under the paint that hasn't bubbled. Must be one that was hanging between the acid treat and the primer vat all weekend!

Cleaned it up, tapped it HARD. bit of Tremclad and I think we're good 2 go.

I'm still shocked sometimes by the mistakes that MB can make - still.... LOVE my 400E (Needs gas - it's mine again for a couple of hours!!)
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:41 PM
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Thumbs up

If its really, really bad I have one on a 400E (1992) that I'm parting out. If you're interested I'll get under there and take a few pictures, work up a delivered price.

'79 6.9 Sold (after 27 years of ownership)
'83 280SL, 5 spd.
'94 E320 Sdn. 5 spd conversion
'95 E320 sedan
'02 E320 Sdn.(on loan to mom!)
'87 300E (5 spd. conversion) Sold
'05 E500 Wagon
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