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Skulptorchaz

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Location : So. East Indiana
Registration date : 2015-05-08

Custom belly pan and radiator guard - pictures for you.

Post by Skulptorchaz on Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:21 am

Hey guys,
I have been working on cooling my 292 since I can not go more than 4 miles down the highway without it getting hot. In town, and idling, it's OK.
I have talked with several of you and it seems I need a belly pan and/or a cooling tunnel. Since I could not find one for a reasonable price, I'm building one. I am also, basically, building a cooling tunnel, regardless if the pan cools it enough, as I would like for it to be a cool console. I won't cut in the holes to make it a cooling tunnel if the belly pan works.
History:
I put a 292 in my van as the 194 was shot...........and I like power. Smile I also put in a larger aluminum radiator (custom altered by me) with 2 - 11'' electric fans. (I'm going to switch them to be able to turn off with the ignition, in the winter for more heat, and off of the engine thermostat in the summer to take some of the heat out of the doghouse when I stop.)
The radiator was a bit taller, as well as the 292 and Weber carb, so I flipped the dog house lid and modified it for the carb.



The next thing was that the radiator also dropped a little lower so I made a guard out of 2''x2''x3/16'' angle iron to protect it. It will also be the mount for my belly pan.





So now the belly pan. I made it from 1/8'' aluminum and it will be attached to the guard and run all the way forward. It will actually extend down an inch below the front splash pan and about 2 inches or so forward of it to create a scoop.
It also has 3 louvers in it, 2'' wide front, 2 1/2'' middle and 3'' wide rear that extend down a little more each time as you go back. I'm hoping, between the scoop and graduated openings of the louvers, that it will pick up a lot of air BUT, I also know from my heating and air friends, air can do some weird things.








So there ya have it so far. I still have to weld a front mount to both the pan and the frame and close up the sides of the louvers and put center braces in them to stiffen them up. I just thought I'd fire off some pix now in case one of you have any other suggestions or advice.
Enjoy, and I hope maybe this might help someone else in the future as you guys have sure helped me a lot!!
Chaz
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back2thewoods

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Post by back2thewoods on Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:13 pm

nice fab work
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vanny
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Post by vanny on Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:03 pm

Looks Great Chaz...looks very professional! Very Happy


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Skulptorchaz

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Post by Skulptorchaz on Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:06 pm

Thanks guys. I just hope it works as planned.
More pix to come......
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AzDon

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Post by AzDon on Thu Feb 02, 2017 5:08 pm

I like it!
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Skulptorchaz

Number of posts : 227
Location : So. East Indiana
Registration date : 2015-05-08

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Post by Skulptorchaz on Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:17 pm

Hey Gents,
Well, here it is. I finished welding it up, mounted it and took it for a spin to see if it would work before I touch it up in case I had any MAJOR alterations to do (it warped just a bit and needs a little trimming).
I just had too post cause ........................IT WORKED!! I'm stoked!!!!! I drove a bit around town till she got up to about 190* and the fans came on. I hit the highway and drove about 4 miles to the neighboring town, which before would have got it up to 220* but, this time she hung right on 180*. Perfect, there and back.
Now, it is cold here right now, so I can not say with absolute certainty that it will cool in the summer as well but, it did not get hot where as it did before. Plus, the top of the, un-insulated, dog house did not even get warm. My side of the dog house got a little warm but nothing to speak of. Any sort of insulation would have kept what little heat there was, out. I may even re-think the 3 way switch thing. (???)
Here it is mounted but it is a little crooked.







There ya go. I think it is going to work out well. If I come across any issues, I'll post.
Later............
Chaz
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Digz

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Post by Digz on Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:15 pm

Good deal ! Looks cool also !
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Post by Seth G on Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:58 pm

Like a little bit lambo under the rig
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uante

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Post by uante on Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:59 pm

Gotta love successful experiments! cheers
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Post by kookykrispy on Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:49 pm

Way to go!

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Post by vanny on Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:26 pm

It looks Awesome, Chaz! Glad to hear it worked for you...MacGyver!!!


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