Decent used parts are getting hard to find. It doesn’t matter if it’s an emblem, an engine, or exhaust; if you buy used, there’s a good chance that what you’re getting has been abused in it’s life on a muscle car. Oil pans are a good example. As the unsung hero on the bottom side of an engine bay, plenty of pans have seen their fair share of scrapes, dings, and dents. Plus, so many different pans were used that it’s hard to go to a swap meet and be sure the one you’re looking at is going to fit.
Mancini Racing’s already impressive lineup of oil pans is expanding to include fits for 1967-1969 383 A-bodies, 1962-1965 361/383 B-bodies, and 1962-1964 Max Wedge B-bodies. All are brand-new reproductions that come with a black electrophoretically deposited primer (EDP) coating. The 383 A-body pan, original part number 2863892, was a prime target for replication with beat-up original versions of the 893 stamping sometimes fetching north of $500.
The early B-body market can sometimes get left behind, so it’s good to see that those applications are getting some aftermarket support as well. Similar to the 383 A-body pan, original Max Wedge pieces can demand ridiculous prices. The great thing is that now these heavy gauge reproductions exist, there’s no need to comb through the rusty piles at the swap meet then head home to weld up holes and hammer out dents. Just hop online or give Mancini Racing a call.