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Old 09-04-2020, 01:37 PM   #1
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Default Engine Splash Pans

Iíve had splash pans on my car since the 1980ís - primarily to keep the engine compartment a bit cleaner. However, Iíve been reading recently that the splash pans also help keep the engine running cooler.

Has anyone actually measured a temperature difference to back this up ? I do not have a temperature gauge on my car.

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Old 09-04-2020, 02:59 PM   #2
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Apropo of nothing, I recently found this photo posted by Dave Lopes in 2010, showing his all-original Fordor and how the pans were mounted at the factory. I've seen folks ask about this occasionally, so wanted to mention it.
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Old 09-04-2020, 04:55 PM   #3
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I've heard the same about aprons and fan shroud but have no figures. I don't run them and have no trouble normally. The only time mine will overheat is when I'm towing at 50+ mph in ambient mid 30s temps (mid 90s F) and 5.25 X 21 tyres on the car and the 26% mitchell engaged. I don't fuss about it because I know I'm asking a lot anyway. All I have to do is drop out of O/D and lift the foot a bit and the temp comes back. I can't see that engine aprons etc are going to make much difference.
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Old 09-04-2020, 11:24 PM   #4
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I put ‘em on because they belong there, and I like my cars as close to complete and original as safely possible. But I admit they are a pain to remove and install when necessary, like dropping the pan. My engines run cool, but I can’t say that is due to the pans.
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Old 09-05-2020, 06:50 AM   #5
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Most don't fit perfectly as delivered, but after a little bending and tweaking to adjust the fit, they really come on and off very easily.
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I think the engine pans really 'finish off' the engine compartment. I tapped the holes in the frame so I could install all the bolts from underneath and didn't have to hassle with putting the nuts on.
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I think the engine pans really 'finish off' the engine compartment. I tapped the holes in the frame so I could install all the bolts from underneath and didn't have to hassle with putting the nuts on.
I did similar but rathe than tapping the holes I installed rivnuts. Can remove/install them in minutes. Also, I have what I am lead to understand is an aftermarket oil filler tube with a rather large breather (draft?) tube. I drilled a hole in the engine pan for the breather time to run through so the end is below the pan.
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Old 09-05-2020, 09:25 AM   #8
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I use engine pans on my model A's for the same reasons as others .
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Old 09-05-2020, 07:14 PM   #9
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if they weren't necessary, Ford would have left them off to save the cost......
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My car runs30 degrees cooler with pans


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Henry warned us about "Gyp parts".
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Old 09-07-2020, 04:16 AM   #12
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I think the main reason for improved cooling would be that the air gets directed more onto the manifold and then pushed out through the bonnet vents?
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I think the main reason for improved cooling would be that the air gets directed more onto the manifold and then pushed out through the bonnet vents?
Yes - I would agree.
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