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Username Post: 83 SB in a 73 Vega?        (Topic#254383)
58Bisc 
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58Bisc
Loc: Warminster, PA
Reg: 10-23-09
12-15-10 02:45 PM - Post#2018477    

Friend has a 73 pro street vega wagon that currently has a 355 sb in it. He picked up a fresh 83 350 to replace the 355. He did not think about the dip stick being on the right hand side of the 83 motor. Oil pan on the old motor is vega sb, but left hand dip stick. Speed shop is stating no one makes right hand dip stick oil pan for vega. Any ideas?

Bill



 




pindermid70s 
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Reg: 02-15-11
02-15-11 11:13 PM - Post#2047293    
    In response to 58Bisc

If you still need advice.

I had the old Gen 1, driver side dip stick motor in mine and bought a Gen 1 400ci Dart block with Pass side dip stick.

The Vega conversion oil pans are driver side so I took another Pass. side oil pan that I had sitting around and cut about 1/4 to 1/2 inch either side of the out turn bulge where the dip stick will go. I first thought about just cutting both sides of the Vega conversion pan and flip it but figured I only wanted to make one cut on the pan thinking one would be hard enough to make without leaks.

I took the conversion pan, bolted it up and marked the area where the bulge center line had to be. measured the size of the piece from the other pan and cut the Vega pan the same size, carefully.

I laid it out on a bench and slowly welded it together, then ground the flange side and worked it till it looked level and would be flat along the flange.

It took a little while because of the curve on the pan near the flange up the side. I did a little peening on the curved part of the pan below the flange too so it didn't look like crap.

Next I cut a small piece of sheet metal about the same thickness as the pan and trimmed it to fit the ID of the bulge on the driver’s side just even with the flange, filling in the area so it will seal with the block. Tacked it as best as I could for a good flat alignment to the flange face and slowly finished the weld and ground it like the other side.

I wondered if it would have a little bit of a leak at first so I went a little heavy in both areas with some gasket sealer and not a bit of problems.

I had to paint it, so Chevy Orange it became from the gold color it was. You would have to take a very close look to see the welds on the passenger side, but a sharp eye would see there were bulges on both sides of the pan.

Good luck




 




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