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Old 10-20-2008, 03:02 PM
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SBC Chrome pan

I'm finishing my new SB 350. I am installing a chrome steel oil pan and using the Fel Pro rubber gasket. I have had several people tell me to sand the chrome on the gasket surface area of the pan to ensure there will be no oil leaks. Also to not use any sealant anywhere. Is the true or false

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take the chrome oil pan, set it on the floor, and jump up and down on it... chrome oil pans rust out from the inside... but if you must.. sand the chrome off the mating surface to make it seal.. you could use a little sealant
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If it is one of those $39 pans it probably wont seal no matter wht you do.

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If it is one of those $39 pans it probably wont seal no matter wht you do.

Chet
I concur. Tried one once.......once.
Use Permatex High-Tack #97 to glue the gasket to the pan so it won't extrude out when you tighten the bolts.
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I agree with Matt...most of those pans have cheap chrome and the fits are terrible, besides showing all the crud you'll pick up.

I wish someone would come with a engine paint color called "Dirt".
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I have never been able to get a chrome oil pan to seal up. This is the same with valve covers, and timing covers.

I have taken the chrome off of the gasket surfaces, and in some cases just used silicone (Permatex Ultra-Black) with no gasket, but they still leaked.

Mostly what I found wrong was the extremely thin sheet metal flexed too much. Even factory pans, etc. will start to flex over time.

If it is unused try to sell it, and invest in a quality oil pan. Expect to pay over $100.'s for it, and make sure you order the recommended oil pump pick-up screen.
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