i have a brand new oil pan that I am considering putting on since i am changing the gasket, but ive heard that chrome attracts heat and that it would cook my oil what does anybody think, it is built in tawain though(sticker on pan)!!
I have heard that the finned aluminum pans are fairly good at dissipating heat. The stock oil pans with a thin layer of flat black paint also work really well. The chrome pans do not generate any heat per se, but rather retain heat in the oil more than the other two types of pans mentioned above.
I would say stay clear of the chrome pans..
I would suggest staying away from the chrome pan unless you don't mind replacing oil pan gaskets every once in a while. Previous owner installed chrome and could not stop it from leaking. I installed a stock pan that was in good shape and the leak stopped. Just a suggestion.
my stock pan is kind of beat up and has a lot of old gasket on it, while I hae it out I figured I would put this brand new chrome one on. It does have a little bit of surface rust on the inside that i will sand down.
I believe the fins on the finned pans actually do cool the oil to a certain degree because all air cooled engines (motorcycle, volkswagon beetle), all have fins which allow heat to dissipate and cool air to get to the surface (makes more surface area). I'm not sure if it's even noticable, though.
I'd just like to say to all the guys, and if so girls, on this site that have ripped an 1982 to present motor out all the credit in the world, now iam no mechanic, hell i can't even say that right. but you all deserve alot of credit if you have done this or worste, now iam sure we all have our stories. but if you would really love to keep pullin the motor then buy a chrome oil pan! now i leave you all to pull the black sludge from my fingernails, from 4 days ago. see ya!