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    SD1 sump for Sumo 3.5 RV8

    Does anyone know of a source for a replacement SD1 (1987) sump? Main road 'brick' at 40 mph seen to late. Managed a few miles as no drop in oil pressure straight a way but when parking the oil pressure light flickered. On checking underneath oil running out from sump bottom but reasonably slowly. After recovery to a local garage found a 0.5 cm slit and a big dent in the sump bottom. I have looked on ebay but the only ones available are 'Auctions' so no guarantee of winning although I have placed a bid on one. The bid ends on Wednesday 25th so grateful for any advice or info on other possibilities in case it fails.

    John

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    Could you not get the garage to knock out the dent and weld up the cut?

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    They weren't happy with that suggestion as they believed a weld would not be a long term solution and could well develop a slow leak. I must admit I am not convinced about that but have taken their advice so far. If I can obtain a secondhand replacement I will keep the old sump and explore the welding option to keep as a spare for any future sump damage. I only have 3.5 inches clearance which just gets me over normal speed humps and it has not been a problem for ~16000 miles over a period of 15 years. Do you know of a good welding establishment around these parts as we only moved to Exeter 2 years ago.?

    John

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    Maybe this firm could help if your eBay bid falls through?:

    http://www.mulfab.co.uk/our-products...rover-v8-sumps

    Still involves welding though, but most aftermarket US performance oil pans appear based on this process (Moroso, Canton). Could be an opportunity for an upgrade (increased ground clearance, depending on bell housing depth), exchange basis available with the above. Cheaper to find a first rate local welder though.

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    The rover sump isn't made of any special metal, I would have thought any competent welder should be capable of doing a good weld, the guy I have used is a bit of an exhaust specialist and he has an at least 2 month waiting list so probably not the guy for you

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    Jim at JRV8 may be able to help http://www.jrv8.co.uk/

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    That's a pity the SD1 sumps were probably the thinnest guage of steel the later steel sumps were heavier guage, it will weld or braze perfectly well. As Tony said Jim at rv8 or John and Richard Eales would sort you out.

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    Any pictures?

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    Thanks for all the responses. At the moment I need to wait for the end of the Bid process on Wednesday. Until that finishes I am committed to pay for it and other solutions are in abeyance. If I win no problem but losing out is possible and I will need to try for some alternatives. I know from past dealing with Jim at RV8 that one could not get a more helpful guy but until I get past Wednesday it would not be right to bother him. The damaged sump is at present with the local garage so no pictures at present. I will recover it however and post some pictures later this week.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnpen View Post
    a weld would not be a long term solution and could well develop a slow leak
    Of course, that is complete b***cks. Any half decent welder should be able to effect a completely reliable fix to a steel sump even if it means letting in a patch. Good job manufacturer don't weld in baffles and we never weld sump guards on.

    If you weren't in Devon I'd do it for you for free (send it me in the post if you want).

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