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At present I have a 4-bolt main block thats being held hostage in the machine shop. To kill time I'm starting to gather as many external parts for it as possible. My question is " How many of you guys have a chrome oil pan?" For those of you that do, what are your opinions of them. A friend of mines has recommended it and I need to know from you guys first if I should buy one or not.

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I don't think the color or finish on the pan is as important as the way it's designed.

Unless you really want to make sure your're hair is looking stylish while you are changing the oil then you probably don't need a chrome oil pan.
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I don't think the color or finish on the pan is as important as the way it's designed.

Unless you really want to make sure your're hair is looking stylish while you are changing the oil then you probably don't need a chrome oil pan.
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I agree. They are prone to leaks. Get a good one now like a Moroso or Milodon if you can afford it.

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Chrome rusts & leaks. Besides, are you supplying a mirror strapped to the underside of the car for others to see?

I agree with others, get a pan with a good oil control design, this makes more power than a chrome finish.
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i agree with the others above,
i received a chrome pan for free, it always leaked. i tried many times to seal it up with no luck. personally, i would never run one again.
at least the leaks kept it from rustin....
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Thanks!!! No chrome oil pan for me [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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They leak about 50% of the time. Roll the dice? [img]graemlins/clonk.gif[/img]

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Leaker..........
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OK, I guess I'm in the "other" 50% bracket. I have a chrome oil pan and no leaks. It was on the car when I bought it. Just lucky I guess. But I don't see it as a benefit...its just an oil pan. However, my trans pan (B&M) is also chrome, so on the few occasions that the car is on the lift, it looks kinda cool. Now, if I get the chrome dust cover that goes in between...hmmmmmmmm, I'd need sunglasses just to change the oil!

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If your shopping for a pan, make sure you get one that will accept a windage tray
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I went the aluminum route on my Camaro. I installed a aluminum ribbed pan on engine and trans. One major problem the aftermarket subframe cross-member hit the pan, so I had to get a circle track low profile pan (this pan is way better and has built in windage tray and baffle doors. With the short time frame the other pan was on it got dirty fast and looked funky with crud. So I spent a lot of time reach under to keep it clean. my .02 cents
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When I replaced the motor on my old 68 RS I went with a chrome oil pan. Biggest waste of money IMO. While it never leaked, it was hard to keep clean and no one ever saw it but me. [img]tongue.gif[/img]

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I am sure by now you see most people do not think they are worth the trouble. I think if you have a custom show only car (mirrors under it etc...) then it maybe the way to go.
I have a ton of polished aluminum and stainless on my car (a little chrome too) and I wouldn't even consider using a chrome oil pan. This is one area where function far out weighs form (looks). Get the best pan for your application. I am willing to bet it won't be chrome. Plus you really can't see the oil pan to begin with and how would you keep it clean and shiny.

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Hey Royce,
Some of us "Chevy guys" are also "Harley guys"(maybe because, subliminally, the silhouette of the 'bar and sheild' looks a little like the 'bowtie'?) and some of us chrome the beejeesus out of everything!. Now, I admit that my Camaro already had the chrome oil pan, and the tranny came with the chrome pan too. And if any of these things leaked, I'd replace them in a heartbeat! But, its kinda fun when a friend looks under the car and goes..."whoa...."
And , yeah, I have a chrome oil FILTER on my Road King!

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LOL, Steve I hear ya. I have a chrome oil filter on my Harley as well along with anything else chrome I can find. Nothing wrong with having a chrome oil pan if it was already on the car and doesn't leak, I wouldn't change it either. I agree with the Harley/Chevy thing as well, but why does FORD have the Harley Truck? It's a shame. I'll keep the Harley but I be D*mned if I will buy a Ford (I don't care how nice they are).

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