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HELP SBC - oil pan and engine year?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by kscarguy, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. kscarguy
    Joined: Aug 22, 2007
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    I am having lots of bad luck lately. Last night, when swapping the newly painted engine into my 41 pickup, I dropped the bolt from the chain into the engine...right down the distributor hole all the way to the bottom. DAMMIT.

    The engine is a mexican made crate motor with the dipstick bump on the drivers side.

    Anyone know how to identify the year of these crate motors so I can buy a new pan gasket? (It looks like it takes the early style 55-79 gasket, based upon the oil pan shape, but I am not sure.)
     
  2. propwash
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    you know (at least now) that you always stuff a rag or put some tape over any and all openings that go into the engine. This is a segment of Murphy's Law which is related to the butter side of toast also.
     
  3. unkledaddy
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  4. Shawns49
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    They make a one peice gasket for small block chevys that is made for all years , thinks its 24 bucks at Autozone ( I work there and recommend these , super easy to install and no leaks).........Shawn
     
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  5. Mr48chev
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    Most of the Felpro and Victor gaskets come with both end rail gaskets in them.

    According to the fel-Pro add on Summit the cut off is 1975 for thick or thin end rubber so I'd think yours in post 75 up to 85 that uses a two piece rear seal. if it has the round crank face rather than the older style flange on the back of the crank it is a one piece 85 & later.

    Here, you can sort through the list on Summit and then go to the local parts house with a lot better idea of what you need http://www.summitracing.com/search/brand/fel-pro/product-line/fel-pro-oil-pan-gaskets/make/chevrolet
     
  6. kscarguy
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    I took another look and the pan is bumped out on both sides for the dipstick...
     
  7. unkledaddy
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  8. 76cam
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    Most sbc oil pan sets come with both gaskets in them you just tear out the spot for the bump.They are pre cut where you tear them.
     
  9. Bruce Lancaster
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    There is also an EARLY cutoff in the '55-79 range that requires a different thickness front seal, but I think most kits contain both thicknesses there.
     

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