Hi there, I just dropped the oil pan in my 65 289. In the pan I found a pile of metal shavings. They were pretty big. The biggest one was almost a square inch. I'm not sure where they are coming from. The car was running fine and nothing unusual was going on. I anyone has any idea as to what the metal shavings are from it would help me out a lot. Thanks.
If "the car was running fine and nothing unusual was going on" why did you drop the pan? Metal in the oil is never a good thing to find but it's usually very fine particles. "Almost a square inch" sounds like a "friend" dropped something in your engine for you. Are the shavings magnetic or not. That will give you a clue as to whether it's bearing material (non-magnetic) or not.
The chunks would tell me it's not bearing material... But it's still a big problem..
Could it be timing chain gear teeth? Make sure you clean it out well...
If the engine is running fine I'm sure it's been there for a while.
You might want to put a heavy duty magnet in the pan not to get in the way of the puck up.
You can also buy a new oil drain bolt that has a magnet on it and you can keep checking it for more metal.
Can u post pics of this large pieces?
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