Originally Posted by snrusnak
no offense but if you're a retired welder shouldn't you be able to patch a metal oil pan...? I'd try to find a used oil pan on ebay or in a junk yard real cheap then pay someone to install it. Or figure out a way to patch yours.
The pan is on the truck and has oil in it. The metal must be clean in order to repair it. To do a proper repair the pan must be removed. That is the problem. I had double knee replacement a while back and it is more difficult for me to crawl around under the truck. If all I had to do was take the pan bolts out to remove the pan, I would do the job myself. What I am afraid of is that the engine needs to be lifted up to wiggle the thing out. Thats why I asked about the proceedure for doing the job.