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Dirt Freak

Total posts: 353
posted June 07, 2002 10:44 AM
A few weeks ago we had the oil pump pickup tube knocked off so we took the motor back to the engine builder to have checked out and when he cut the filter open he found all kinds of cork from the pan gasket. I don't doubt him I am just curious has this happened to anyone else. He put a rubber gasket back in so we dont hav to worry about it now. I would have never thought about the gasket deteriorating and possibly plugging the filter up.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 111
posted June 07, 2002 01:41 PM
I've herd of this once before but the guy was using a vacuum pump.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 13
posted June 07, 2002 11:04 PM
We had cork in our oil filter on a 406 with Eagle crank and rods. The rods are a little thicker in the bolt area and run so close to the pan and block rails that we had to grind some off the block. We trimmed rhe gasket where it seemed too close, but I think when I tightened the pan bolts, it squeezed out some and the crank hit it. Also found some siliconin the filter. From now on I'll plug the bypass so this all has to go to the filter.Ed

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 135
posted June 07, 2002 11:15 PM
I usually run the rubber(felcoprene?) type gasket, but was short on time last year, so I used a cork one. 355 SBC,3.48 stroke. I noticed cork in the filter all year long, put it down to bits of squished out cork getting knocked off by all the oil and windage flying around.

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 87
posted June 08, 2002 03:59 AM
Is that motor a stroker motor? Running a stroker crank in a 350 block with a decent set of rods requires grinding on the block in areas where a stock pan gasket would protrude and get torn up by the rotating assembly. Just a suggestion as to what it could possibly be. I always prefer to use the rubber oil pan and valve cover gaskets regardless. They last longer than the cork gaskets and don't absorb oil like the cork does either.

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