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Old 10-30-2007, 11:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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4.3L Vortec Oil Pan Problems...

soo... I bought a 94 S10 Blazer with the 4.3L Vortec CPI motor. Im doing a motor swap into another truck...

anyway, the problem comes up at the oil pan. I have a factory pan on it, and i need to loose about 1.5" - 2" off the depth of the pan. I figured you guys would be able to point me somewhere and help me out. I know they sell pans for the older 2 peice rear mains, but i cant find one for the 1 peice. any ideas? cut my pan? can i run the 2 peice pan?

i figured somebody has ran into this in a buggy or something. im stuck until i figure something out...
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Old 10-30-2007, 11:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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a hammer fucker

i still say we cut and weld the pan / pickup with a drag style pop outs on both sides
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Old 10-30-2007, 11:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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the hammer thing only works on toyota fuel tanks.
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Old 10-31-2007, 02:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Get one from an Astro van, they are alot shorter. 87 and up should all have the one piece seal. Just don't get an AL one.
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Old 10-31-2007, 09:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have that same motor and I have read that you can cut 2" out of the sump with no problems, good luck,Billy
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Old 11-01-2007, 10:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I ran into this problem and here is what I did. I started with a chevy 350 race pan that had trap doors and the oil pick up that came with it. The oil pick up bolts on. Then I cut the two pan and made one.
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Old 11-01-2007, 10:36 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 11-01-2007, 01:57 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Tfab, that looks like it turned out pretty good. I have a 2000 4.3 and have the same problem. I'm just planning on grabbing an Astro van pan like rock mafia suggested since I don't have another pan that I could modify like Tfab.

Rock Mafia, why do you say not to get an AL pan?
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i went from a 4x4 oil pan to a 2wd oil pan on my 2000 model vortec 4.3.......

here is a pic of the difference...netted me about 2" clearance....



oops...dont have the old pic, but the pan used to hang below that link that is hiding the bottom of the pan....
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Yep, forgot about the 2wd option. Chip clued me into that a while back. Is that half a d-shaft that I see? The pic is deceiving .
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Yep, forgot about the 2wd option. Chip clued me into that a while back. Is that half a d-shaft that I see? The pic is deceiving .
I have the same motor and went with a 2wd and pick up tube works great.it was like 60 bucks brand new .
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yeah it is half of a DS....was using it to make sure the exhaust would clear...

$60 is good...i paid $149 for the oil pan and $7 for the 2wd pick-up....
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Old 11-01-2007, 11:51 PM   #13 (permalink)
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thanks for the info guys. i hacked a little over 2" off the bottom of the pan tonight. i figured id make id work either way. anyway, i like the idea of the 2 pans into 1. i may try that.
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Old 11-02-2007, 02:21 PM   #14 (permalink)
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thanks for the info guys. i hacked a little over 2" off the bottom of the pan tonight. i figured id make id work either way. anyway, i like the idea of the 2 pans into 1. i may try that.
Make sure you get an pan with trap doors, they will buy you some time when you are at angles or driving on your side.
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