I am in the process of repairing a spare 1915 pan for my touring car. The pan came on an engine I bought that was in really good shape, but had spent a lot of time getting drug around and bounced on it's oil pan. So, while the pan is in bad shape, I'm fixing it up just for the fun of the task. I will be replacing the ears, straightening the half-teacup which is dented, replacing the nose hardware with an NOS pieces that Langs is selling. Along with all of this, the wishbone socket is wore out. Now I realize that a good fix is to braze it up and use a ball-mill to make the new socket, but I found this thread from 2005 about a fix that Mike tried. I'm curious to know if he put this pan to work and how well the fix "panned" out... ha. Mike, let's hear from you
Here is the thread from 2005: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/29/36800.html?1191983186
I was going to weld up the socket and have my brother-in-law mill it until he called back and said the tool would cost me $350!! I started looking for a better pan right away, Don.
Don.. Read the link I attached above. It is a clever fix and evidently, was an old-school repair used back in the day.
James -- As far as I know the fix worked out fine. I drove the car for many thousands of miles after that, finally selling it. It has sold a couple of times since, ending up in England. I haven't heard of anyone's having a problem with it.
There was a tip in Vintage Mag from sometime in 1997 about doing this to make the car easier to drive for touring--better road holding straight ahead but a little bit more effort in turns. Don