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 Post subject: Re: busted oil pan (ie waited too long to instal skid plate)
PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:05 pm 
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Tom was just having some fun... :D

Where was that tom?

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 Post subject: Re: busted oil pan (ie waited too long to instal skid plate)
PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:28 pm 
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Up mt baker hwy, off north fork rd at the plinkin pit.

I'll be off line until Sunday nit in San Juan islands bye.

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 Post subject: Re: busted oil pan (ie waited too long to instal skid plate)
PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 6:09 pm 
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The pan wasn't too bad for me but the project did take awhile, it helped to rotate the crankshaft to get the pan in and out...I too thought about replacing the motor mounts....and may still go back in and replace all the rubber as others discussed.

Herbie wrote:
If you find a good solution for having the skid plates fabbed locally, let me know. I think you're close enough to me that I could probably use the same shop or whatever.


A skid plate is on my list after a few too many hits to my Trans pan causing stripped bolts and leaking oil pan. So add me to the list, maybe we can get a deal, it is certainly not something I am capable of myself.

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 Post subject: Re: busted oil pan (ie waited too long to instal skid plate)
PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 2:40 am 
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Location: 7000' in the Mountains of California
No more busted oil pans; unless I really blow it!
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 Post subject: Re: busted oil pan (ie waited too long to instal skid plate)
PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 3:14 pm 
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thanks for the videos Tom, hope the San Jauns were nice. I may be back up in the North Cascades later this summer.

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1998 AWD/4WD
4" lift, 31x10.50's, NP 242j/c hybrid, 4.10 gears, S10 front disconnect, trans cooler, rock sliders, bed and passenger swivel chair
dirt bag camping rig
1981 Toyota 4x4 pu
1974 John Deere 710
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 Post subject: Re: busted oil pan (ie waited too long to instal skid plate)
PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:12 am 
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Hi,

Nice skid plate.

Yes the deep oil pan hangs low on Astro. Nit is good to have large oil capacity but yes a skid plate it very good idea.

AP


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 Post subject: Re: busted oil pan (ie waited too long to instal skid plate)
PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:58 pm 
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Wow, haven't received a notification from this site in years! Looks like you are getting a skid plate started? Mine is still serving me well though it's a bummer having to pull it every time I need to track down a new leak....

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1998 AWD/4WD
4" lift, 31x10.50's, NP 242j/c hybrid, 4.10 gears, S10 front disconnect, trans cooler, rock sliders, bed and passenger swivel chair
dirt bag camping rig
1981 Toyota 4x4 pu
1974 John Deere 710
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 Post subject: Re: busted oil pan (ie waited too long to instal skid plate)
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:24 am 
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Hi,

Worked on front skid plate today. 4 mm thick 6061 aluminum plate , 34" X 17.5 ".
This skid plate protects oil pan, oil filter, front diff.

I have mid point skid plate to protect transmission, and rear skid plate to protect transfer case.
My t case is np231C.

Have you had good luck with the 4.10 ratios?

Did you put a locker in rear diff?

Happy New Year.

AP


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 Post subject: Re: busted oil pan (ie waited too long to instal skid plate)
PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:39 pm 
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Hi,

My front 4 mm thick 18 X 33 aluminum skid plate protects engine oil pan. Today I use 1" bore countersink 3 flute from McMaster Carr to counter sink 82 degrees for flat head 3/8" stainless steel Phillips head screws.

AP


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 Post subject: Re: busted oil pan (ie waited too long to instal skid plate)
PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:30 am 
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Hi,

Cleaned up the design of front skid plate.

AP


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