1147 Oil pan w/ new oil pump

I have a question regarding putting a new oil pump in an 1147. It requires cutting away the oil pan baffle to clear the bigger pump and the pickup tube w/ the strainer attached. So much that there isnt much left of the baffle left. So my question is....Is there any problem with removing the whole baffle and grinding down the spot welds as if it was never there? The 1500's dont have any baffle, but does the 1147 need it? Thanks, Jack