T100 Road Warrior...
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: College Station, TX
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Under belly pan...
Okay...got most of my basic stuff done.
On my 1998 T-100 SR5 Xtracab 2WD auto, I was able to fit a 4'x8' sheet of luan sheet between the back of the front crossmember and the front of the rear spring hangers using some brackets. The panel fits in between the frame rails. The under belly pan is fastened at 4 points so it makes it easy to remove to git access underneath there. Had to do some trimming to the front of the panel so the wheels would clear the panel when making a tight turn. I made a basic "A" frame with some 1"x2" pine strips. The fastening points are the rear fastening points from the rock panel and the slots in the front hanger fer the rear springs. I noticed that my 1996 T-100 regular cab had the same slotted hangers...but my 1993 T-100 didn't have it. Oh well...
Still have to put in a heat shield on the inside of the panel so the catalytic converter won't scorch the wood. I'll use some left over aluminum flashing and some screws to keep it in place.
Not sure I'm gonna paint the panel...we'll see. Probably will later...
It's nice and smooth with the full panel under there...but it's still quite open on the edges. There will be another time to git that closed up...
Now some of you are gonna ask why close up the bottom with a belly pan... Well, the purpose of doing that is to clean up the air flow going underneath the truck and keep some of the road crud off the components under there, too. You know how hard it is to work on that fuel filter after it's been hit with road salt and crud. Same goes fer the top of the fuel tank and fuel lines. It might keep some of the road noise down, too.
Piccies to follow...
1998 T-100 SR5 2WD auto, Roadmaster Active suspension, oil catch jar, AC mod, aero cap, lower aero package, 67% grill block
Last edited by BamZipPow; 12-28-2009 at 01:19 AM.