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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 1st, 16, 8:09 PM Thread Starter
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396 timing chain covers and oil pans

My El Camino came with a 396 thrown in with the deal. The oil pan on that motor would not clear the cross member. Ordered a pan from Summit. Motor now fits fine. The new pan has a bolt hole in the center of its lip below the balancer but there's nothing for it to thread into. Since the original pan didn't fit I'm wondering if there were also different configurations of timing covers, say what worked for a truck would not work in a passenger car?

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Re: 396 timing chain covers and oil pans

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The new pan has a bolt hole in the center of its lip below the balancer
Cant say that I have ever seen that. Picture ?

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My El Camino came with a 396 thrown in with the deal. The oil pan on that motor would not clear the cross member. Ordered a pan from Summit. Motor now fits fine. The new pan has a bolt hole in the center of its lip below the balancer but there's nothing for it to thread into. Since the original pan didn't fit I'm wondering if there were also different configurations of timing covers, say what worked for a truck would not work in a passenger car?
im thinking the early 66 67 oil pan had hole in the front lip , i bought a new pan for my 427 it had the hole i brazed it shut so no oil leaks
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Re: 396 timing chain covers and oil pans

I've seen lower seals with a nipple to pull thru the hole. Seals it, keeps it centered, not sure. My BB oil pan has the hole, and with the one piece Fel Pro gasket, it does not leak.

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Re: 396 timing chain covers and oil pans

The '65 ( and '66) 396 had a bolt in that position, that threaded into the timing cover. But I have also seen the gasket nipple...


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Generally, timing covers should functionally interchange, as long as the correct diameter balancer is used (7" or 8")... The timing marks may need to be checked/verified (should be the same, but I recall someone telling once that some were off)...

65 and 66 timing covers had no dowel pin holes. Not sure when they changed, but later blocks used the dowels... But otherwise they should interchange...
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 16, 7:00 AM Thread Starter
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Re: 396 timing chain covers and oil pans

the cover has dowel pins. this is a bolt hole but does have holes for gasket nipples. think i'll just fill the hole in as someone else suggested. thanks all.

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Re: 396 timing chain covers and oil pans

My 67 396 SS uses the bolt behind ballencer to mount the timing cover.

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