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Clark's oil pan
Posted by: Vin ()
Date: September 06, 2020 05:30AM

Hope everyone has been well. It has been awhile since I posted. But I am so happy with the Clark's oil pan I installed this last week and I just wanted to give the company and their oil pan huge kudos. I used the original oil pan 8 years ago when doing the engine refresh and carefully flattened it. But it always weeped some. And the bolts inevitably loosened and required a periodic snug. Oil leaks progressively got worse probably from the pan distorting easy from the bolt snugging. This spring the oil leak had gotten pretty bad to the point I hate driving it to anyone's house due to the oil I'd leave in their driveway. Bit the bullet and got Clark's aluminum oil pan and it arrived earlier this week. Used the rubber gasket with some gasgacinch on the pan side just to hold the gasket in place during installation. What an incredibly solid pan, and not a single leak or weep now. And now draining oil wont require jacking the car up since the drain plug faces the rear and is easily accessible from behind. Somewhat expensive but well worth it as it has restored my ability to drive the car anywhere without oil puddle in the driveway embarrassment! So pleased with the product I had to share. I read a post that said to use the money on other things and just straighten the original pan. All I can say is this was the best $300 (with gasket and shipping) I could have spent in my case.


Vin
Dayton, OH
1965 Corvair Monza Convertible (4 speed)

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Re: Clark's oil pan
Posted by: Spectre ()
Date: September 06, 2020 08:56AM

I always end up with their pan on any Corvair I own. The stock pan works fine, but I like the drain plug being at the rear.

David Clamp


1965 Corsa convertible - 140 4spd/3.55/AM-FM

2013 Mustang GT convertible - 5.0, 6spd auto, Procharger i-1

2003 Miata SE - 6spd manual (wife's toy)

"Victory is mine!" - SG

Norman, OK

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Re: Clark's oil pan
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: September 06, 2020 11:39AM

Sounds to me like money well spent. Remember, if you want 10 different opinions ask 8 different people.

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Re: Clark's oil pan
Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: September 06, 2020 03:27PM

Did you get the econo pan or their better one? The econo pan needs a baffle installed.

Ken Hand
Handy Car Care
248 613 8586

Vairmech@aol.com

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Re: Clark's oil pan
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: September 06, 2020 03:30PM

I like the Clark's pan also except for the weight and ground clearance. Drain plug location doesn't matter to me.

Joel
Northlake, TX
5 Ultravans, 113 Corvairs and counting...

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Re: Clark's oil pan
Posted by: Vin ()
Date: September 06, 2020 05:11PM

Thanks Ken, I got the Clark's ultimate oil pan, not their econo pan. I did just a plug and play. Should I have done any pick up or baffle mods with the ultimate pan? And they certainly are heavier than stock.


Vin
Dayton, OH
1965 Corvair Monza Convertible (4 speed)

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Re: Clark's oil pan
Posted by: dryenko ()
Date: September 07, 2020 04:31AM

A baffle is NOT required on a street car.
Lowering the oil pickup to be factory spec clearance to the pan is helpful.
Closer to the cooled oil
BC

Bob C aka Dryenko
Dobson, NC 27017



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/07/2020 04:32AM by dryenko.

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Re: Clark's oil pan
Posted by: Vin ()
Date: September 07, 2020 05:10PM

Thank you Bob!!


Vin
Dayton, OH
1965 Corvair Monza Convertible (4 speed)

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Re: Clark's oil pan
Posted by: Vairismo ()
Date: September 07, 2020 07:03PM

dryenko Wrote:
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> A baffle is NOT required on a street car.
> Lowering the oil pickup to be factory spec clearance to the pan is helpful.
> Closer to the cooled oil
> BC


Curious then why GM went to the trouble to do the baffle in the factory steel oil pans? Isn't that the baffle most people are thinking of?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/07/2020 07:06PM by Vairismo.

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Re: Clark's oil pan
Posted by: Vin ()
Date: September 08, 2020 05:01AM

I wish I had taken a picture of the inside of the pan before I installed it. The pan has a number of vertical fins that I assumed act as mechanisms to slow the oil from sloshing front to back and side to side.


Vin
Dayton, OH
1965 Corvair Monza Convertible (4 speed)

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Re: Clark's oil pan
Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: September 08, 2020 05:21AM

Only the econo pan needs the baffle installed. I drill the spot welds on the steel pan and remove the baffle and screw it into position on the econo pan. BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO DRILL ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE PAN!



All the other oil pans do not need anything for street use. Your stock pick up will work but probably not take full advantage of getting the cooler oil at the very bottom of the pan as Bob mentions.

Ken Hand
Handy Car Care
248 613 8586

Vairmech@aol.com

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Re: Clark's oil pan
Posted by: Vin ()
Date: September 08, 2020 03:19PM

Great thank you so much for the info!


Vin
Dayton, OH
1965 Corvair Monza Convertible (4 speed)

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Re: Clark's oil pan
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: September 08, 2020 03:54PM

The vertical fins are to help the heat off the oil and go to the outside fins to be cooled. At least that is what is says "on paper".

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Re: Clark's oil pan
Posted by: dryenko ()
Date: September 09, 2020 08:01AM

This picture of a Clark's ultimate pan shows a baffler cast into the pan.
Similar to the stock one.
Yes , their Econo pan needs a baffle to keep oil around the pickup under hard deceleration

Bob C aka Dryenko
Dobson, NC 27017

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Re: Clark's oil pan
Posted by: Bogey72 ()
Date: September 18, 2020 03:03PM

I was going to get one of these pans soon. Which gasket did you go with for the clark pan? Do you install the gasket dry? Any leaks?

Edit— oops i didnt properly read your original post.

Ed Conto
Saratoga Springs, NY
1965 Monza Convertible, PG
Owner since August 2013



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Re: Clark's oil pan
Posted by: Seth Emerson ()
Date: September 18, 2020 05:26PM

Be sure to check out John Sweet's new pan gasket (John's Corvair Parts) He has a new material that looks like a good compromise between the paper of the cast pan recommendations and the composite cork/neoprene. I just bought two of them.

Disclaimer - John is a dealer for my wire sets - (like Clarks and Calif. Corvair.)

Seth Emerson

Check my new Performance Corvair Web site [www.perfvair.com]

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