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Body filler recs for pits/dings in oil pan


I'm filling the pits and dings in the sbc oil pan for a 69 corvette I'm restoring. I asked the auto body supply shop I use for a rec and they recommended metal 2 metal and said nothing else would stand up to the heat. I've used this on another pan I restored for a another car but I found it tough to use for the small pits. It just doesn't float that well. It's fine for the larger dings but I found it too thick for the pits. I used another filler (can't remember what) for the pits on that other pan and it worked out great, but I haven't run the engine yet so don't know about durability. Appreciate your advice.


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The heat thing is funny, people always think too much about this. The roof on a black car in the sun will get hotter than the oil pan on that engine! I have used regular "bondo" on oil pans without a problem.

If the "pit" is rust and has gone through, DO NOT FILL IT with a polyester filler, weld it up first!

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I would also say any old filler will do, but JB weld could be another option perhaps.
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Both guys pretty much nailed it... The oil pan is not going to get hot enough to hurt any bondo or paint applied to it.
Like Brian said though, make sure you have no leaks. I would have the pan bead blasted, bury it in epoxy THEN do the body work. 99% of this job is getting the pan clean and oil free before you start.
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