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Let's play "Guess what that is that I found in my oil pan"

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Old 05-01-2012, 05:20 PM   #1
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So I blew up my motor back in January.... cracked the ring land on #7 blah blah blah, and the new motor is almost done so I was cleaning up my oil pan. Removed the baffle and there was a little bit of sludge in the front, not much, about an 1/8 inch or less, not bad for a motor with 65,000 miles on it. As I'm cleaning it out, I discover a little peice of metal, non magnetic, sitting in the sludge.

Cleaned it off and sure enough it's a tiny c-clip. Here it is next to the baffle bolt for size reference.


I have no clue what it goes to. No it's not needle bearings.
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only thing i know that remotely resembles a c clipis the lifter guts retainer clip.
i have no clue where that came from.
i have found tiny springs. before. from oil seals
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Lifter would be my guess
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I'll check all of my lifters, but not sure where it would come from on the lifter. The lifters I took out of this motor were new ones put in about 3,000 miles ago when I put on the Performance Induction heads. So who knows how long this has been in the pan.
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I clicked on the thread hopping you found GOLD. picture is kinda blurry are there holes on the end of the c-clip?

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No, no holes in it, just a standard press fit c-clip.

Here's a clearer pic:
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:39 PM   #7
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That's a low clearance external retaining ring. Don't think it's from a lifter...could be wrong though
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Glad i pulled a double take and saw it wasnt what I thought originally lol. Quick glance almost reminded me of the C clip in the comp trunion upgrade kit. Hmm...dont think Ive ever seen that part of a lifter?
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I'm still puzzled this morning as to what this could be. I honestly don't know how long it's been in the pan.
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Glad i pulled a double take and saw it wasnt what I thought originally lol. Quick glance almost reminded me of the C clip in the comp trunion upgrade kit. Hmm...dont think Ive ever seen that part of a lifter?
Yes, I first thought that it could be assoc with the OEM rockers. I don't have mine to verify, though.
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I'm totally baffled. I've got to start pulling out all of the parts and go over everything to make sure I'm not missing something.
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was the motor rebuilt?? maybe it came off of a tool and got lost in the motor?
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was the motor rebuilt?? maybe it came off of a tool and got lost in the motor?

Good point. I've only had the heads/intake/valley cover and front cover off to this point, but it might have been to a small ratcher or air tool.

I just want to make sure it's not something off the engine.
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I don't have one in front of me, but do our timing chains have a c-clip on them?
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I don't have one in front of me, but do our timing chains have a c-clip on them?
I have a stock LS1 chain in my garage give me 5 minutes and I will let you know.
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Just went in the garage and looked and I didn't see a c-clip anywhere. I looked on the stock timing gears and harmonic balancer also if it counts for anything. Hope this helps.
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looks more like a shim of sorts to me... dosent look like it would clip very well for a c-clip... then again it is at the bottom of your oil pan
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ever figure this out? I find things like this neat to figure out
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Not sure where it came from. I'm guessing it came off something external and traveled to the bottom of the pan and sat there for however long.
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Is there any thing else you can compare it with, like a dime or something , i cant tell what size the bolt is that you are using.Ive seen those style clip on shafts to retain them from walking out.
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