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Old 02-08-2007, 05:16 PM
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SBC oil pan/ gasket differences

When comparing one-piece rear SBCs, are vortec pans/gaskets interchangeable with non vortec? Can I use an 87-96 pan/gasket on a 96-later vortec engine?

Some gaskets list as fitting 87 and later one-piece engines, while others only list 87-96. Same with pans. Straight dope anyone?

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Old 02-08-2007, 05:25 PM
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There is a difference on some year models....what side the dip stick is on.
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Ayuh,......
I think the Dipstick swapped sides in 1979,.....

The Block didn't change with the Intro of the Vortec heads in 1996.......

Sooo,..... The Gaskets should be the Same from 1987 On......
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The Vortec SB V8 pans are interchangeable with the earlier 1pc seal engines. The gasket is made a little different for the Vortec due to the plastic timing cover. Simply get a pan gasket for whichever cover you are using.
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it was 80 that the stick moved, not 79

and the one piece RMS was in 86, not 87
therefore the pan gaskets go from 55-79

and 80-85

and then 86-95

not rocket science here
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Ok, great. I'm winning a 1-piece cast aluminum marine oil pan on ebay for $20 brand new. That will look great polished up on my boat.

Off to buy gaskets for a 96-later 1-piece.
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Fast 68, Let's remember the 55 blocks did not have oil filters cast into the block and the pan was different; therefore the gaskets are different. But, the "correct" amount of gaskets do come in the set to cover those blocks usually. Just a "technicality". BUTCH.
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