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HEI Ignition System (GM Style) Installed in the AMC 360 V8
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Installing 23,000 Volt Offroad Lights

Autogage Tachometer Installation

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Project CJ-7
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From Basic Equipment to Well Equipped.  An extensive list guide to help you prepare your vehicle for the offroad.


Onboard Air
Converting a York
AC Compressor
to Pump Air

Trailering Safety and Trailer Hitch Information


Off-Road Truck Driving Techniques and Safety

Off-Road Lights
by LightForce Product Review / Installation.
from Off-Road Lights


Jeep Dana 300 TeraLow - 4:1 Gearset for the Dana 300 Transfer Case

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Hemi Engine - All about the Hemi Engine

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Chrysler Hemi Engine

AMC V8 hp/Torque, Compression & Bore/Stroke by year

Engine Size Conversion Table
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Engine Overheating Basics - 16 Common Causes of an Overheated Engine

Fan Clutch Diagnosis
How to tell if the Fan Clutch in your Cooling System is failing or has failed.

Automotive Gauges & Instrument Functions
Information they display & their importance.


From the
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Ultra-Cool Hand Throttle for Free!

Jeep V8 Swap Tips

The Exploding Clutch

Radiator Protection using 6 bucks worth of material

Cracked Under Pressure - Fixing a smashed fingernail

A Cheap, effective alternative to undercoating

Home-built Saginaw Gearbox Brace for the cost of lunch!

Ammo Box Storage - Mounting Them for Quick Disconnect

Home-built Serious Skid-Plate protection for the Oil Pan for under 20 bucks!

Ramp Travel Index
RTI / Ramp Travel Index  What it is and how to calculate it, with and without the ramp.




Project Jeep CJ-7
Skid Plate protection for the Oil Pan

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Dept. Of Cheak Tricks


Although this Project CJ-7's engine is a very young crate 360 (approx 14k on it), the parts bolted onto the engine were most likely off of the original Jeep Grand Cherokee.  One of the last things that needed attention on the engine was the oil pan.  Because it was easier to remove it while it on the frame, I waited until the engine was in before dropping the pan.  My main concern was that the visible rust may have eaten too much metal off the pan to salvage it.  Once I dropped it off and cleaned it up it turned out not to be too bad.  Mostly pitted surface rust.   Nothing that some Corroless couldn't neutralize.

Special note on Coroless Rust Inhibitor...
Since the writing of this page, Corroless is now marketed as a product called Eastwood Rust Encapsulator.  Same product, same distributor, different name.


So first thing was to wire-wheel the outside pretty good and wash it down with Simple Green to prep it for paint.

Secondly I made sure the bolt holes were on an even plain.  What mean by that is this: when a leak is detected in the oil pan, what the first thing guys do?  Tighten the bolt down right?  Over time the bolt holes in the pan become recessed due to tightening them down too tight, one too many times.   To get a good seal you need to have a flat contact area across the entire seal.   So with a small hammer I flattened the holes that appeared to have been tightened down too hard.

With it clean and in good shape, it got a coat of Corroless Rust inhibitor.



Protection for the Vitals

I pondered the the thought of how I could install a skid plate to protect probably the most important spot on the Jeep, it's oil pan.  One good whack of a sharp rock and I could loose the life blood of the engine.  Not good.  So to coming up with a Skid Plate was a very good idea.

It finally came together in my head that there really is no good way to bolt up a skid plate but a batter idea was to attach one to the pan itself.  I thought about welding it to it.  But I thought a whack to the skid plate might rip the weld and create a hole anyway. Plus welding thin steel is hard without burning a hole in it.  Then I thought of a idea that could possibly work even better using some of the best stuff around.  Silicone. Why not simply glue the skid plate on with Silicone.  Having used it in the past in construction applications I know silicone has tremendous surface tension and using it as a glue would work well.

So I set off to create a skid plate that would not just cover the lowest part of the oil pan but the entire underside of the oil pan.  I got the width of the pan plus the totaled length of pan running across the flat areas from front to back.

Using 14 gauge steel, I cut the rectangle, then bent it to conform to the shape of the pan as close as possible.  I bent it by creating a make-shift "bending brake" with angle iron and C-clamps (see picture below).  To form around the drain plug, I used a small 5 pound sledge to create a relief bend around the plug large enough to fit a socket over the drain plug (see pictures below).

Angle iron c-clamped on the stock for leverage.




Above and to the left is how the bends were made in the skid plate.


Forming the drain plug 
relief bend in the skid plate.


Test for clearance of a socket.



Test fit.


Above a bend was made too sharp, so to flatten out the bend a little I used a section of railroad rail as an anvil and a sledge to flatten it out.


Once the skid plate was formed, it got a good coat of primer and paint.  The oil pan also got a few good coats of Black spray paint, drain plug included.




Next step, I oozed out about an entire tube of GE 50 year Silicone across the areas where the pan metal will meet the skid metal (see picture). Electrical tape was placed over the drain plug to keep it clean of silicone.  Then the silicone was worked onto the surface so it covered the whole area it was supposed to cover, not just where it when on from the tube.  This increases the surface tension and will help it to "stick" to the oil pan very well.

Then the skid plate was pressed into the silicone and excess was used to cover the sides.  Then additional silicone was put on the sides to actually add more protection to the oil pans exposed sides.  This should act as a protective cover to deflect rocks and prevent chips and rust down the road as well as possible preventing direct damage.

With adequate time to dry the oil pan was then re-installed with new seals and sealant as well as stainless steel hardware. 

Once dry, it would be VERY hard to remove this skid plate even if you were using tools.  Don't under-estimate the holding power of a two foot square area of silicone sealant.  A side benefit of using silicone is that if the skid plate ever took a whack, silicone will flex and absorb the shock of an impact.  Over all this skid plate cost only about 20 bucks and that includes buying a new gasket for the skid plate. Minus the gasket and it's really just the cost of paint and the silicone.   That's about six bucks at Walmart providing you have a source for free scrap metal.   You can't beat that for insurance on a vital organ of your vehicle.


Project CJ-7
Skid Plate protection 
for the Oil Pan

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Sounds System, Raised the Rear Seat
Storage below and a great place to mount 6x9 Speakers for Great Bass ... In a Jeep!

York AC Compressor Conversion.  What used to pump Freon, now pumps compressed air to the front and rear bumpers.  125 psi,  2 gallons of storage, air fittings at the bumpers, enough CFM to power air tools!.  Click Here for more  Details


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ARB Air Locker Install
Jeep Wide Track Axles Swap

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T-18A Transmission Rebuild & Short Shaft Conversion