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350 Turbo "Crying The Blues"

Along with some other "good stuff" that many of you have read about in regard to my '32 I also have a 350 Turbo pan issue I would like to receive
input on. Simply put, the pan is "crying the blues" (seeping) out of every surface possible around the pan gasket and even the drain plug. And an oil leak of any type on one of my rides I have no patience with. The pan
is a nice shiny piece of what I have started to refer to as cheap tin (cannot
really tell what it is made of) and other than looking pretty and having 350 stamped into the bottom seems to be the weak link in the bottom of my tranny. Short of scrapping the pan for a better quality part (which I already have on the top of my list) any suggestions on how I can get Niagra Falls under control with what I have? Visual examination of the existing pan
gasket reveals that it looks brand new, along with the shiny pan of course.
And no, it came with the '32, I did not install it. As always, any and all
comments and suggestions appreciated.

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Like many other guys here will probably tell you .... and as if you didnt already know......its a P.O.S. "over there" made part. Take it off and sh-- can it. Get an oem pan, paint or have it chromed if you like and thats it. Had a friend who bought a chrome front cover, a trans. pan and an oil pan on ebay from some outfit, they all leaked, no matter how much silicone he smeared all over them.
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350 Turbo "Crying The Blues"

Well Nut, as a friend of mine likes to say, even Ray Charles can see your point. Sorry to hear that your friend was blessed times 3 with low
bid parts. But I guess the old adage you get what you pay for still holds
true with some products. Hey, maybe I can put my shiny tin tranny pan
on Ebay and sell it? Naw, I will just hang it on the wall and use it as a
conversational piece. Would hate to peddle a piece of crap to someone else. They may not be bothered by leaks and end up burning up their tranny. So, as Larry the Cable guy says, so much for acquiring parts made in the land of "Boogla Boogla".
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i had a leaky pan gasket as well. the gasket looked and felt like rubber when installed. when i removed it, it had hardened to what felt like a rubber cork gasket. i installed a cork gasket with RTV on the pan side and no more leak.

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i have had bad luck with the cjeap stuff not leaking. The mr. gasket 2 peice timing cover, leaks, cheap valve covers. My guess would be to use a aluminum pan, at least thats what is on next "to do list".
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oil leaks

There is a product called "TIGHT SEAL" that we used on aircraft systems and I used it on my boat motors for years. Magic stuff, never any leaks. It can be bought at aircraft parts stores and aircraft hydraulic supply shops.
Try it, you'll never go back. STU
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Crying the Blues

Hey Stu:

What is the "Tight Seal" stuff made of? Sounds as though it is very resistant to heat and oil based fluids. When you were sealing between two surfaces did you use the tight seal by itself, or in conjunction with a gasket?
If you used the tight seal in conjunction with a gasket did you coat both sides of the gasket prior to pressing the mating surfaces together? I always like to learn about new stuff that is not standard materials that you find in the conventional hot rodding world. Especially if the product prevents fluid
leaks. Oh how I hate to detail the bottom side of my '32 and then have ten drops of oil explode all over everthing it touches while I am cruising and the bottom side of my ride end up looking like I ran over a case of 10W30 at 60MPH.
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