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 Post subject: Belly pans
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:54 am 
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Have to build one as I think it's going to be a lot easier to do service and also last longer than a diaper.
Concerned about it lifting the front of the car if it's on an angle as
the pan on my car hangs below the frame. Also thought of going
on the out side of the frame to..
Going to make it of of .063 aluminum and welding tabs to the frame and using Duz buttons to hold it in place..
Anyone have any idea's would like to here them... =;

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 Post subject: Re: Belly pans
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:13 pm 
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I put a carbon fiber one on mine and I think you asked for pics back then (go figure). I couldn't get good pics back then with the car all together but I have it all apart now. I can stick the pan on and snap some pics over the weekend if you think that will help. A local guy makes them and I can get you some dimensions. I had to shorten mine some to make it fit the small block better but you shouldn't have to.

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 Post subject: Re: Belly pans
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 3:25 pm 
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The local guy said he has a couple of different sizes now but the most popular one he has for a chassis car is 19.5" wide X 25.5" long and 6.5" deep. On mine I had to trim the height to clear different things. He gets $275.00 for these.

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 Post subject: Re: Belly pans
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 3:47 pm 
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That would be great Chuck....
It's 18 1/2 between the rails..

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 Post subject: Re: Belly pans
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 6:56 pm 
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The 1st pics show how I located the tabs to hold the pan. I did this with the engine in the car so the welds are a little sloppy. I plan on cleaning those up and touching up the paint some over the winter.
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I had to offset the tabs.
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The next two show the pan in place from the side. I put the catch pan just against the oil pan to give the most ground clearance. It also holds the pad in place. The guy that made this one said some guys were putting straps on the bottom to hold the pad in place.
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I trimmed the top edge of the pan enough to clear things like the hump on the rear of the oil pan, the balancer and the starter. I left the sides as tall as I could.
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I glued some flat washers to the inside if the bucket before I riveted the dzus springs on so the fasteners wouldn't wear slots in the carbon.
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By making the tabs longer and moving the fasteners up it should hold more liquid without leaking through the fastener holes. You have to make sure the fasteners are accessible with everything put together because the bucket has to come off to drain the oil.

This one is 19.5 inches wide so it fit between my frame rails (20.5" inside) with room to spare. This guy is making these in a couple of different sizes. When I got mine he didn't have a shorter one so mine was cut down a few inches.

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 Post subject: Re: Belly pans
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:08 pm 
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Thanks for the pictures Chuck...Can you give him a call and see what other sizes he has
as mine is 18 1/2 between the frame so I need one that's narrower than yours..Or just give me
his phone # so I can call him myself..Thanks for the pictures and that looks like it will
work for me..........

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 Post subject: Re: Belly pans
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:48 pm 
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Are you sure that's 18.5" between the frame rails. That sounds awful narrow for a door car. I think there was a mold for dragsters that would be a lot narrower, I'll check with him tomorrow.

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 Post subject: Re: Belly pans
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:57 pm 
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My dragster is 19.5 inches inside the frame rails under the engine? :-k

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 Post subject: Re: Belly pans
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:08 pm 
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Found this...today and yea Chuck 18 1/2
http://www.swracecars.com/store/Dragste ... 5-171.aspx

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 Post subject: Re: Belly pans
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Chuck any luck with other sizes???

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 Post subject: Re: Belly pans
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Beretta wrote:
Chuck any luck with other sizes???


I was shut down for the holidays. Today's the first day back in the shop. I will try to talk to him today.

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 Post subject: Re: Belly pans
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Thanks Chuck

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 Post subject: Re: Belly pans
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Barry, my car has no crossmember under the pan. I tired a universal diaper and it was a PITA. Finally it got into the flexplate. I bought a custom made DRE. It fits like a glove. At the Div 2 race in Reynolds it fit so well the inspector couldn't see it from the top of the car. Only the straps and thier hardware gave it away.


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 Post subject: Re: Belly pans
 Post Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 5:52 pm 
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I talked the the local guy today. He doesn't have a mold for anything narrower than 19.5" but he said he could split one down the middle and put it back together for around 300 bucks. He said it would be 1 1/2 to 2 weeks before he could get one done.

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 Post subject: Re: Belly pans
 Post Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 5:56 pm 
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Bruce, I talked to the diaper man O:) and he has a diaper for my oil pan only thing stopping me was the possible PIA removing it to change the oil and the added heat from it being wrapped from what other
guys have been telling me...So after thinking about it I was going to just make one out of aluminum and may be have 50 bucks in it total... :- ...That carbon one Chuck has alot of bling to it =; =;

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