Mark, I've run this design for a few years (probably at least 5 if I
think about it) and don't have starvation issues due to the
baffle. I do still see oil pressure drop in the left hand corners if
the engine's oil level is too low. Adding a quart fixes that for a while.
It's possible that a more elaborate design would let me run a bit
lower oil level.
I don't remember the exact gap, but 1/2" sounds about right. It
ended up this way because the car already had a portion of the baffle
in there - we just added the piece that takes it full length of the
pan (and has the gap to the bottom). That's the 2nd piece you mention.
At 10:00 AM 3/28/2009, Mark Eginton wrote:
>Thanks for taking the time to publish these pics. I am just about to
>doctor my oil pan. Noticed that you went top to bottom with the
>baffle for the length of the opening on one side. I understood the
>comp manual says it should float 3/8" (I think) from the bottom.
>Have you run this design? I like the idea. Also I am guessing there
>is no need for a baffle on the other side or across the pan for hard
>braking? A COTS pan (commercial off the shelf) for my mustang boxed
>the pickup with trap doors which is why I was curious - overkill???
>On the front of the pan where second peice is welded to the primary
>peice, I eyeball the float off the bottom of the pan to be ~1/2"?
>Thanks again for the pics!!!
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