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Old 12-16-2007, 11:15 AM   #1
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I have a oil pan that I'm dumping on ebay but don't know what it really fits. Any idea from looking at the picture?

It has a pass side dip stick and rear drain plug. Drain plug marking has a "D" in the center.

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Old 12-16-2007, 01:46 PM   #2
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Does it have a "trap door"? If so, could be the high horse 5 quart pan for the 365 & 375 horse motors for '64 & 65.

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Old 12-16-2007, 02:18 PM   #3
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Does it have a "trap door"? If so, could be the high horse 5 quart pan for the 365 & 375 horse motors for '64 & 65.

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With the dipstick on the passenger side? I thought the high horse pan had the driver's side dipstick.
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On small blocks, the dipstick moved to the pass side in 77.
With the rare exception of the 56 Corvette oil pans, ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 55-76 SB oil pans (pass car and Vette) had the dipstick on the left side (and the 56 pans had the dipstick in the pan, not in the block, similar to a BB).
Therefore, that pan came from some kind of 77-later SB.

Dipstick in 56 Corvette (ONLY) pan.
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On small blocks, the dipstick moved to the pass side in 77.
With the rare exception of the 56 Corvette oil pans, ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 55-76 SB oil pans (pass car and Vette) had the dipstick on the left side (and the 56 pans had the dipstick in the pan, not in the block, similar to a BB).
Therefore, that pan came from some kind of 77-later SB.

Dipstick in 56 Corvette (ONLY) pan.
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I have that rare 56 oil pan on e-bay now.
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Old 12-16-2007, 04:02 PM   #6
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What are you expecting to get for it?
As you know, rare does not always translate to desireable!
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Old 12-16-2007, 05:23 PM   #7
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1977 and above Chevy oil pan it is. Thanks
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Who knows I asked $100.00 to start or I'll pich it out back.
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Old 12-16-2007, 05:49 PM   #9
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Personally, I think that would be a somewhat desireable pan for 2 reasons. First, because of the long sump (most likely it has a larger capacity), and second, the earlier 350s are beginning to dry up, thus, 77-later SBs with right hand dip sticks are becoming more sought after.
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My bad Jeff. Fingers were flying, brain was not engaged!!

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My 66 427/390 has an oil pan that looks like yours and it also has the dip stick on the passager side. Does yours have the trap door?
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The pan pictured at the top is for a SB. The SB engines had the dipstick going through a passage in the block with a kickout in the pan to accomodate the dipstick passage in the block.
The pans for BB engines actually have the dipstick tube going into the side of the pan itself.
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I thought that the dip stick change was in 1979?

And a easy way to tell the difference between the 5 qt. and 6 qt. pans is on the 5 qt., the forward portion of the sump drops down at the 3rd bolt hole back and on the 6 qt. pan the sump drops down at the 2nd bolt hole.
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I thought that the dip stick change was in 1979?

And a easy way to tell the difference between the 5 qt. and 6 qt. pans is on the 5 qt., the forward portion of the sump drops down at the 3rd bolt hole back and on the 6 qt. pan the sump drops down at the 2nd bolt hole.
It very well may have been 79, or, maybe it was different years depending on vehicle application. In any case, it was the late 70s when the dip stick changed sides.
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So all 56 had the dipstick on the pass side, you learn something new every day.
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So all 56 had the dipstick on the pass side, you learn something new every day.
In 1956, the pass side dip stick was unique ONLY to the Corvette! And I'm not 100% sure that all 1956 Corvettes had the pass side dip stick.

The 1956 passenger cars still had the conventional left side dip stick through the block.
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Well my 56 which I really have no idea to its originality, except my fathers bill of sale from 70 says it is. The dipstick is on drivers side. I dont care a whole lot if it is original or not, it would be nice, but whatever. We will know for sure after the holidays when we start its cosmetic restoration. (sorry for the topic change)
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Early 56's (up to about S/N 1660) had the dipstick on the passenger side, and it entered through the side of the oil pan. After that, it was on the driver's side, and entered through the block.
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