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Old 10-08-2006, 10:52 PM
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SBC truck block with car oil pan?

I have an 010 350 truck block with the left-side dipstick in the block. It has that little bulge in the oil pan rail. Can a person use a car pan on it if they removed the tube that protrudes from the pan rail? Do I need to fill the hole with epoxy so the gasket doesn't leak?

This truck block is going in a boat where the truck pan might not fit, and I don't think the truck dipstick will fit behind the boat's exhaust manifolds, so I might have to use the car pan that came with the engine currently in the boat.

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Old 10-08-2006, 11:11 PM
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yes

u can epoxy the pan where the oil tube sticks out
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Old 10-08-2006, 11:20 PM
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Sorry, I mislead you.

the new block I have is a drivers-side dipstick; the kind that goes down through the block. The existing pan in the boat has a passenger-side dipstick that goes directly in the side of the pan. Since I may not be able to use the truck pan and dipstick, can I epoxy the driver's side hole in the block and use the car-style pan on it?
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Old 10-08-2006, 11:43 PM
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Yes......just make sure you use the correct length tube and stick for the pan you choose.
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Old 10-08-2006, 11:56 PM
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Cool. Thanks.
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A tap and pipe plugs would be a better solution than epoxy. How deep is the truck pan? is it from a c60? All the C10/20/30 pans I've seen here fit front steer Holdens and A,F & X bodies fine. When did Chev go to r/h dipstick? around 1977 is my guess.
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Its not a matter of depth, really, its more configuration. My old marine pan is sorta dry-sump-looking. Its a wet sump pan, but it is deep the whole way back with a little sump at the rear. Overall capacity is the same, but its much shallower. It has the car style pan on it though, with a RH dipstick.

I agree that plugging the hole with a pipe plug is wise, but then I'll have a straight oil pan flange mating up to a huge bulge in the left hand pan rail on the block. It won't seal unless I epoxy the block's pan rail so the pan gasket has something to seal to, right? Let me try to find some photos......

The pan rail in the boat right now looks like this. Disregard the rest of the pan, but notice there are no "humps" for a dipstick. The current dipstick goes into the side of the pan itself.:



Here is what the truck pan looks like. Notice that the pan rail bumps out. If I try to put the "car-style" pan on the truck block, there will be a big gap where the block sticks out but the pan doesn't.:

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I believe if you use a "Corteco" brand 1 pc rubber oil pan gasket the area that goes by the bump is a hole and not notched like you describe. So what it would do is have a full section of gasket running along in the area you're worried about. I don't have one currently in shop otherwise I'd snap a picture to show you. Competition Products carries Corteco gaskets.
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Old 10-09-2006, 02:08 PM
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Corteco pan gasket

I did have one, pick on the link.


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Old 10-09-2006, 04:06 PM
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OK, I get it... The gasket compensates for both. Thanks. It just didn't look like it would fit, bit seeing the gasket, the mechanics make sense.

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