I decided to take the Spitfire out for a drive this past week on some country roads. The drive was great, was taking corners at about 60mph, nice tight winding roads and then I had to use my brakes... First, there was a goat that thought my car was a challenge and tried to headbutt me at 45mph. Full gallop(?) and all. Second was a hick in a diesel, twelve inch lifted, truck. Bastard, crossed the center line and was headed down the middle of the road going about 70mph. Here I am with a tiny yellow car with no horn. "Fuck it, if this is how I go, at least it isn't my damn fault." Could have run over my car like a tiny bug. Fucking hill folk... Rant over, back to the update.
I then noticed on my way back, that the oil gauge had fallen from 50% to 25%. I knew the oil leak was going to get worse, just wasn't sure how soon. Apparently, that drive did the trick.
I put the car on some blocks and started poking around. First thing I notice, the oil pan/sump (for you Brits...) plug wasn't the right kind of plug. Instead of a hex head nut, it had this strange plastic head. I thought, "Okay, fine. If it ain't broke don't fix it." Went to see if it was tight, and I turned it by hand!! Completely loose. I am surprised I did not lose it on my way back home.
I drained the oil, nasty crud filled oil. Tip, by the way, I discovered that the oil shoots out insanely fast. Faster than two other vehicles that I change oil on. So fast that the oil shot the plug out of my hand. I discovered this plug did not have a rubber seal. Rather, it had a hard fibrous plastic seal. So now, I am on the hunt for a damn metric plug that fits correctly.
I think all I need to finish out the oil change is; 5 quarts of 20w-50 oil, an oil filter, oil pan plug, and washer for oil pan plug. I have missed two absolutely beautiful days of driving because of the oil issue. 75F, slight wind, and partly cloudy... Perfection! And I missed them.
Finally, anyone have tips for getting the car going from a stop on a hill? I may have accidentally peeled out at a stop sign on a hill...