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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:51 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:57 pm 
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The pictorial evidence that the Challenger has finally seen the light of day (night) after 6 years, 19 days and 6 hours... I had posted this last month, but the post was lost with the board crash.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:57 am 
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Rob Simmons wrote:
Just for you Cookie. :wink:


I have the last Jeffrey tray/scraper package if'n ya fergot to make Cookie a template. (Like he was ever going to do anything with it anyway) :roll:

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:30 am 
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Rob it looks like the pickup is made up with flair fittings. It might be a good idea to weld in a bung and then weld the pickup to it and you would not have to worry about it coming loose again.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:00 am 
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Thanks Ron. I will look at that.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:16 am 
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I decided not to weld the pickup in the pan because it would make it harder to make sure it is completely clean the next time I disassemble it.

It held together pretty well for Norm for several years before coming loose, so I reassembled it with red loc-tite and a lot of torque.

I estimated the pan to be at 6 quart capacity in the sump. Maybe estimate another quart with the filter and the engine nooks and crannies (?)

I need to make a dipstick to go in the side of the pan. The tube is a different design than the typical block type, so I need to look around at what will work and seal well. I have a couple other truck pans, but no pickups or dipsticks to go with them. Norm didn't use a dipstick that I remember.

I also plan to use the "baffle/windage thingy" I made as it is mounted with locknuts and red loc-tite. The screen Norm had in there was still secured to the tabs. It had just fallen apart. I figure this homemade design will help with a little bit of slosh protection on launch and allow the oil to drain back into the sump well enough.

I'll get it assembled and sealed back up once I get the dipstick made.

Next step will be to reinstall the head. I'll have a couple questions on that soon....

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:48 pm 
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Progress :)

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:58 pm 
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Every little bit helps... (usually :lol: )

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:06 pm 
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I finally took a couple minutes to mount the dipstick in the side of the pan. I'll get the windage tray / baffle thingy mounted and get the oil pan sealed up maybe this weekend. Then I'll flip the engine over and start installing the head, etc. I realized it had been about two months since I posted anything, so I'd better do something... :lol:

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Woohoo, progress!! Every 15-30 min session in the garage helps...

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:01 am 
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I cut down a dipstick from another application (Ford I think) and used JB Weld to mount it in the original dipstick tube in the side of the modified deep sump truck pan.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:03 am 
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Here you can see the dipstick, pick up tube mounted in the side and the tabs for the windage tray / baffle thingamajig I made.

The dipstick is pressed into the original tube and secured with JB Weld.

The pickup tube bung is welded into the side of the pan and the pickup itself is a flare fitting tightened securely with red loc-tite. It sits approximately 1/4” from the floor of the pan.

The tabs were already welded into the pan. They held a thin gauge aluminum expanded metal screen before. The screen had fallen apart and one of the tabs had broken loose. I welded the tab back in and made a different style windage / baffle thingy to replace the screen. I cut up the side shelf from an old barbecue grill I was throwing away.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:04 am 
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A closer view of the pickup tube and dipstick.

I drilled a small hole in the dipstick to indicate 6 quarts of oil in the pan. I may drill another hole or two to indicate 4 and/or 5 quarts. The actual amount put in will need to be verified and adjusted after it is run and has all the nooks, crannies, lines and filter filled.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:13 am 
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Looks like nice work! Can't wait to see the Lil Chal on the track again...

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I like it Rob! You have given me ideas for my own oil pan. Keep plugging away at it.

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