I've been trying to find a past post where a fellow modified the pan inspection cover to hold more oil in the rod dip area for use in mountainous regions. I live in central Virginia in the blue ridge ,mountains and I'd like to modify my pan that way to make sure I keep the rods and cylinders lubricated when going through the mountains. I just got my short block rebuilt and I don't want to take any chances. I have the high capacity outside oiler from Texas T installed already. The engine had some high wear in the cylinder walls at only 3K miles after having new pistons installed. This combined with a worn out crank made me decide to have the block gone through by a professional. I just want to protect the investment. I like driving it to work occasionally which means some long steep grades. If anyone knows where I can get this modification done, please let me know. Thanks.
It was called a Mountain Pan and it was done by Terry Horlick. That is the best that I can remember at the moment.
Do not forget the importance of getting more oil up to the front of the engine via auxiliary external and or internal oil lines to keep that mountain pan filled.
Here are a couple more threads with pan dams:
And a pic in this one - scroll down:
I'm not really convinced either way. Millions if T's have run in hilly country with no apparent ill effects. Ford even eliminated a dam in the early T's, maybe because there was too much oil flying around, burning and leaking in the front of the engine. On the other hand, it sounds like a good idea.