We are working on a new replacement stamped oil pan for the 350 engine. My thoughts are to deepen the front portion of the pan 1/2 inch. This will still leave clearance between the pan and frame and give more room for windage in the pan. The rear portion I was going to fill in the exhaust cross over area then deepen the pan by 1 inch. This should leave than pan 1/2 up from the bottom of the cross member for protection. Every pan would require a 1 inch spacer to drop the pickup tube or build a replacement tube. I'm guessing this would end up around 7qt pan. This pan will be sold as stock replacement as well as a deep sump higher capacity. What are your thoughts in regards to my proposed changes.