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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 19th, 03, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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ANyone here ever have any experience with chrome oil pans? I have heard that the refelctive surface causes problems with the oil, either keeps it too hot or too cold or somthing like that. I am in the process of building an engine so i need pointers on collecting parts

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 19th, 03, 06:03 PM
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Most will NOT recommend a Chrome Oil Pan, many of them just do not fit properly and thus they are more prone to oil leaks! I run a Summit 7 qt and its great, Moroso you can't go wrong either. In any case be aware of clearance issues and use a 1 piece felpro blue gasket dry instead of the paper stuff.
Also keep in mind a Chrome oil pan is much harder to keep clean.

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 20th, 03, 02:03 AM
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He, He!!! Keep clean!!

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 20th, 03, 04:39 AM
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Last year I put a chromed oil pan on my '69 and had an oil leak problem with it.After using a Roto-Zip to remove the chrome on the surface which mates up with the gasket,I resealed it and it hasn't leaked since.I think the sealant can't bite chrome enough to seal properly. Good Luck-John.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 03, 07:20 AM
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Throw it away,,,,,,, now. they are oil leakers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 03, 01:19 PM
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They look great on the motor while its on the stand and they will keep the under carrage well lubed when installed in the car.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 03, 08:20 AM
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I would only recommend using a chrome pan if you are installing it with the block out of the car! (dont ask me why) [img]redface.gif[/img]

They are known to be SERIOUS Oil leakers! And must be installed about 24 hours before putting the motor in the car, to make sure that the seals are tight!

I would also recomment sanding the gasket lip on the pan, to make sure the surface will adhere to anything. A friend of mine has 3 motors with chrome pans, but he uses no glue! Another has a chrome pan, but uses no gasket, just glue! He uses the intake manifold technique!

So its a matter of instalation methods, rather than usability when it comes to the CHROMIES! they look good, but it defeats the purpose of having one when the oil keeps caking up on it!!

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 03, 08:45 AM
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The only reason I have one is that it was cheaper than a plain steel pan. Mine doesn't seem to leak, but a Felpro one-piece pan gasket will seal just about anything.

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 23rd, 03, 09:05 PM
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The chrome plating process itself tends to warp thin valve covers and oil pans. If you must use one, I like to rough up the gasket surfaces with something like 80 grit sandpaper. It gives your gasket goo something to stick to.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 24th, 03, 10:29 AM
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I have used them in the past for the same reasons Eric mentioned. For me, they leak maybe half of the time. Sometimes they are fine, sometimes they leak. Use enough blue goo after a good laquer thinner bath and give it a go. Maybe you will be lucky I like the "sanding of the gasket surfaces" idea. Better yet, I have a friend that tore down an old 307 engine. Maybe he will sell me the pan and crank for cheap? Anybody want to buy a used Chrome oilpan cheap?

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