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Fabbing up engine protection, Will this work?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 78Suburban, Apr 21, 2006.

  1. 78Suburban

    78Suburban 1/2 ton status

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    See that little gap between the chassis and the inner fender? Alot of mud flies through there. What if I snipped some roofing tin or some thin sheet metal and filled in the gap? Would that create an overheating problem of any sort? Would I just attach it with small sheetmetal screws? I can fab one for the other side, but there won't be as much clearace, because of the steering junk. Will this idea work?
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    James
     
  2. gzzgfw

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    I used truck mud flap found at my local tractor supply store. Cut to size and used 1/4-20 bolt and nylon nut, worked great. Tin would work too but the body does move around. Good luck.
     
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    By the post title, I thought you were going to be building a monster oil pan skidplate. My mind always goes straight to the rocks, but I guess protecting from mud would be good too.
     
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    If they're still available, GM put "flaps" there when the trucks were new.
     
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    old inner tube riveted or screwed
     
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    Or old truck bed mat.
     
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    Took me a minute to realize your picture is upside down.. I agree with the inner tube..
     
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    I need to do this because 2 times, my truck has sucked in water because it came through that gap. I also have a 3in body lift so that even further separates the frame and fender.
     

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