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Cracked oil pan on 280GE

Dikfrik

G-Wagen Club SA
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#1
Gents it seems 2019 is the year of a lot of G repairs for me
With the 290 waiting for new transfer box mounts i have been using the 280 and giving it some more well deserved attention and it seems it needs a lot more
With all this i have changed oil and filter and cleaned some oil gunk below from a leak which i thought came from the plug which did not have a seal ring (the guy who serviced it previously did not replace it i assume)
Checking today i noticed some oil under the barrel part of sump again and with it clean now i can see a patch repair (looks like epoxy) on the pan which I have never noticed in the 16 years i had it. It could be that a mechanic who previously worked on the front crank seal damaged it and did a quick repair or was it always there and now starting to fail again
However it must get attention and i assume a new pan will be extremely expensive. Does anyone know about a second hand one or can it successfully be repaired?

A cylinder head job is imminent due to coolant leaking on right rear between head and block hopefully only the gasket and the clutch is starting to "grab" so it seems an engine removal is around the corner..

So major work lurking on 280..
 

Dikfrik

G-Wagen Club SA
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Location
Empangeni, Zululand
#4
From feedback from our very (very) knowledgeable Peter on the whatsapp group who shared a link to the Hans Hehl site it appears that this is not such an uncommon problem on the 280 and the culprit is the diff housing which can hit the sump in extreme articulation or probably touching down on front wheels after a jump..He had his welded and it seems it is the way to go..