Tom,The picture won't enlarge so it's not possible to tell if the oil leak is from the shifter gouge or elsewhere. We've seen them leak from really bad gouges in them from shifter impact on a left side fall, but more often than not the gouges aren't really cracks that leak. Are you sure it isn't coming from one of the o-rings on the screws, like the bottom one?
Thanks for the advice, Tom.Well, that's not good news. They're getting more rare by the month and when you do find one it's usually outrageous money. I'd consider getting it welded on the backside of the crack if you can find a machine shop or talented welder who can properly heliarc. Then you'd just re-polish the outside to get rid of any discoloration from the heat and you'd keep your patina
It is crazy where the price of these have gone in the last year or so. Before it was the early K0 and K1 style that were harder to find and therefore commanded a higher price. It seems with EBay and people polishing them up for sale the price has become inflated even more. Prices do not reflect the difference between the early vs later style now. To me a fair price for a late style is about $25. Good luck finding it for that now though.BTW these covers are highly coveted and you'll see very high dollar price tags on them for sale on ebay and elsewhere.
I'd suggest to fix yours as stated previously.