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Last drag race

#1 Post by ytnova » Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:50 am

Took the car out for the "last drag race at orlando" this weekend. Not really sure what the future of the track is here in orlando, something is up, but they are very hush-hush. The rumors are many, but who knows. Anyways, thought i would support the event and run in the stock suspension/small tire outlaw class. Pretty short weekend for me, first round of qualifying, the car went straight up and KO'ed the oil pan. Still ran a 1.34 sixty on the rear tires and a 6.36@107 in the eighth. Not bad for a junkyard 5.3 with nothing more than a cam, and a .073 nitrous jet. Here is the pan:
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Re: Last drag race

#2 Post by John_Heard » Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:33 am

Ouch... That's not going to buff out..

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Re: Last drag race

#3 Post by Mike Peters » Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:00 pm

JB Weld maybe?
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#4 Post by ytnova » Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:49 am

Yeah, that would patch it, but it does hang low, and this is the second time it got hit. It sits low enough that I worry about it while street driving so I am just going to pull the motor in the next week or so and go with a shallower pan like the stock f-body pan or maybe even the moroso one.
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Re: Last drag race

#5 Post by Mike Peters » Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:28 am

ytnova wrote:Yeah, that would patch it, but it does hang low, and this is the second time it got hit. It sits low enough that I worry about it while street driving so I am just going to pull the motor in the next week or so and go with a shallower pan like the stock f-body pan or maybe even the moroso one.
Heck I was just kidding about the JB Weld even though that is some pretty handy stuff. Buy one of the aftermarket pans. One of them will probably have provisions for better oil control.
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#6 Post by ytnova » Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:55 pm

I wouldn't do it permantly, but I should of patched the damn thing at the track, I could of made first round where I had the car covered by a 1/2 second and atleast got my entry fee back. It would of been short lived though, second round would of been against willard kinser in wolfe's old orange mustang. I think he had me covered by 65+ mph in the 1/8.
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#7 Post by Craig W. » Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:42 am

What else have you done to that 5.3? That's dang fast for a little motor and not much nitrous.

How far below the crossmember did that stock pan hang down? We're putting a 5.3 in my son's '78 Nova. I figure I'm going to have to change the pan out to have any ground clearance. I'm looking at the Moroso or the similar Pro Comp unless I can score a CTS-V LSA pan for it for cheaper.
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#8 Post by ytnova » Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:42 am

Craig, that is the scary part, I have not done much at all. First though, I would highly reccomend you change the pan before doing the install, it hangs real low with the truck pan, like 3-4" below the crossmember. Reminds me of how a deep pan looks like on a 1rst gen nova. Unless you get a deal on a ctsv or f-body pan(1" shallower than ctsv), the moroso seems like the best deal except for the fact you have to remote mount the filter, on racer discount they are under 300 bucks for the pan and pickup. I will shoot you a list of what is in the 5.3, the only pricey part is the camshaft/spring kit.
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Re: Last drag race

#9 Post by Craig W. » Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:54 am

My son's 78 is pretty low in the front already so I think the pan would actually be on the ground in his car. Stock SBC pan is only 3-4" off the ground now. The headers drag too but they'll be back to hanging on the wall in just a couple months anyway.

I may put a 5.3 in our '63 convertible so I'd love to see what you've done to yours. It won't be too wild but would like to make a nice 400-450 hp for street fun. My son's motor will stay stock except for headers if the stock manifolds won't clear the subframe. Once he gets some miles and years under his belt, he can hop it up. 285hp will be more than enough for a 16 year old. Dang, when did I get old? LOL
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#10 Post by wikd69 » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:33 pm

Mebbe look at using a stamped steel aftermarket pan instead of a cast aluminum pan ? Steel will take a good knock and won't crack. Also, you might still be able to get the oil volume you need with one of the wide-bottom steel pans.

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#11 Post by ytnova » Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:03 pm

Not really any stamped steel pans out there. Moroso, champ, canton and a few other offer fabricated steel pans, moroso seems to be the most cost effective by about 100 bucks.
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Re: Last drag race

#12 Post by John_Heard » Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:37 pm

Hey Craig I know a guy that might have one.. Lemme check..

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Re: Last drag race

#13 Post by John_Heard » Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:58 pm

Nevermind, it was for a Trailblazer front sump deal and $$$$

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#14 Post by Craig W. » Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:43 pm

Thanks for checking.

Ed, any idea if the F-body pan's longer sump will clear the crossmember?
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#15 Post by ytnova » Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:41 am

Craig, it should, with the truck pan, the front edge of the sump is @7" behind the crossmember, but I also have the motor set back as far as I could, the pass side head is about 1/2" off the firewall. I have specs for almost all of the pans out there. If you think of them as a standard SBC/BBC pan, the sump on the truck pan is 8.5" deep and 9.1" long. The ctsv pan is 6.7" deep by 10.25" long. The f-body pan is 5.6" deep by 11.7" long. I also have the specs for the moroso ones, stock wet sump corvette, G8, H3, Holley, Mast, and some others. You also need to be concerned with the front of the pans as heights can vary there also, some are also tapered down to the sump.
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