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crazybob
10-26-2010, 04:00 PM
How much ground clearance does the average T-bucket have? Right now at the oil pan I have about 2 3/4 inch clearance. I just ordered some bigs for the rear so I'll be going from a 26" tall rear to a 31" rear tire. That should help some but I still don't think I'll be able to clear a speed bump. :eek:

bobby6319
10-26-2010, 09:09 PM
i think i have about 4 inchs

crazybob
10-29-2010, 03:44 PM
After installing the 31" rears, I now have 3.5". :)

Ted Brown
01-24-2011, 03:39 AM
I really like at least 5 to 6 inches of clearance at the pan and flywheel, I usually end up cutting some off the bottom of the oil pan to get it up the same as the flywheel starter gear... Plus I use a piece of 1/4" mild steel for that new bottom, this will also work as a skid plate, I leave about 1 1/2 inch of material to the front of the pan, then when finished welding it to the pan, I heat that lip and roll it up a bit, so now nothing will catch on anything... I also move the drain plug to the right/passenger side of the pan.. why? if you happen to drag and the plug hits the pavement, it won't back out, like it will on the drivers side, but I also keep it a little bit higher also... another tip, place two or three good magnets on the oil filter, this will grab any metal particles that are loose in your oil and hold them to the inside of the filter...

Lee in KC
01-24-2011, 09:58 AM
I have 3-1/2" and I have a Slamguard oil pan. It has done it's job on several occasions...

http://www.nationaltbucketalliance.com/bbsimages/t05-1716/slamguarddent.jpg

If I had it to do over again, I would raise my motor mounts at least an inch.

H-Ace-T
01-24-2011, 11:39 AM
I have about 5" and have no problem.

pinky-t
01-24-2011, 08:04 PM
I have 4" with a slam pan . It clears most speed bumps

italianrich
01-24-2011, 11:36 PM
5 inches at lowest point on pan, but I just changed rear tires to 325 50's from the 295 50's, gave about anothe half inch at the pan

deckofficer
01-25-2011, 12:15 AM
Ted,

You know a post about oil pan clearance would bring me out of the woodwork. With a standard oil pan I would have 3/4". I've cut 3" out of the pan so have a total of 3 3/4". I really do like a low CG, just wish I had bolstered seats so that my body would stay put during aggressive cornering. I have two sets of seats I use in the Track-T, guess I'll have to build a 3rd. This is about the only picture I have that shows the oil pan clearance and if you look close (like Ted always does) you'll see my side mounted drain plug.

http://i1236.photobucket.com/albums/ff452/deckofficer/DSC011201014x760.jpg

crazybob
01-28-2011, 05:23 PM
That Slam Guard oil pan looks like a must for me, no way I could shorten an oil pan. Thanks for the idea Lee.

And Bob, is that an Electra with your totally cool rod sitting in front of it?

deckofficer
01-28-2011, 05:30 PM
Beech 18, not a Lockheed.

crazybob
01-28-2011, 06:08 PM
Very cool picture. :)

deckofficer
01-28-2011, 06:19 PM
Thanks Bob, an old trick of getting a distance away from your subject and then using a long focal length to compress the background like this shot.

http://i1236.photobucket.com/albums/ff452/deckofficer/2010%20Freds%20Fun%20Run/DSC012711014x760.jpg

crazybob
01-28-2011, 07:03 PM
Man, another really cool shot. ^^ Is the Beech 18 yours?

deckofficer
01-28-2011, 07:17 PM
I used to live in that neighborhood, Cameron Air Park Estates. I was visiting an old friend there and it is his 18. He joked that he could put belly doors on the Beech and load up my T for going to hot rodding events. He was joking of course, but after AP inspection it could be done. The streets here are wide enough to handle two way traffic of BOTH 2 car and 2 planes.

http://i1236.photobucket.com/albums/ff452/deckofficer/2010%20Freds%20Fun%20Run/DSC011261014x760.jpg

deckofficer
01-28-2011, 07:19 PM
Speaking of events, are going to the Bash? I'll be there.

crazybob
01-28-2011, 07:48 PM
The Beech 18 is a wonderful old airplane. If you have the money to keep one flying it would be cool. As for the Bash, I am new and don't know what or where it is? :confused:

deckofficer
01-28-2011, 08:02 PM
This forum is here for the big Buckethead Bash in Mountain Home, Arkansas. This is a "T's only" event and is a bit of a pilgrimage for Bucket owners, like Sturgus is for Harley owners.

crazybob
01-28-2011, 08:08 PM
Duah, now I get the name of the site! :rolleyes: Wish I could but there is now way at this point in my life. Sounds awesome though.

deckofficer
01-28-2011, 08:16 PM
I'm being nozy now, so feel free to ignore, what point in life? IMHO, never too old or too young, to enjoy your T in the company of other Bucketheads.

crazybob
01-28-2011, 08:24 PM
Not nosy at all, just kids, work etc. Maybe one day I'll have time but not now. However, it sounds like a great idea!

Dennis Bynum
01-30-2011, 11:57 AM
[H-Ace-T I have about 5" and have no problem. ] Braging are we?

sstock
01-30-2011, 02:11 PM
I have 3-1/2" and I have a Slamguard oil pan. It has done it's job on several occasions...

http://www.nationaltbucketalliance.com/bbsimages/t05-1716/slamguarddent.jpg

If I had it to do over again, I would raise my motor mounts at least an inch.

Hi Lee, I guess you cant have your cake and eat it too. I have always liked the stance of your car, it sits just perfect to the eye if you ask me. I was contemplating having my front perch raised like yours to drop the car, no I'm having second thoughts.;)

Lee in KC
01-30-2011, 02:38 PM
I love the stance of my car and would not change it. I would just raise the motor mounts about 1" to get a little more clearance. Frankly, it really hasn't been a problem the way it is... I've sort of conditioned myself to be aware of high spots while driving and adjust accordingly. I think the Slamguard pan is an absolute must, though. That one deep gouge would have surely gone through a regular pan!!

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h28/Lee_in_KC/TogetherAgain002-1.jpg?t=1296416008

H-Ace-T
02-01-2011, 11:01 PM
[H-Ace-T I have about 5" and have no problem. ] Braging are we?

Not really.....remember at Lenior we had to replace Toms oil pan which he had to order. I just didn't want the same to happen to me. Lol

Lee in KC
02-02-2011, 10:53 AM
Wayne, I think Dennis was referring to something other than your oil pan clearance! :eek:

Photoman
02-02-2011, 11:05 AM
I love the stance of my car and would not change it. I would just raise the motor mounts about 1" to get a little more clearance. Frankly, it really hasn't been a problem the way it is... I've sort of conditioned myself to be aware of high spots while driving and adjust accordingly. I think the Slamguard pan is an absolute must, though. That one deep gouge would have surely gone through a regular pan!!

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h28/Lee_in_KC/TogetherAgain002-1.jpg?t=1296416008

Oh brother... Who let a pic of that field car in here?! ;)

H-Ace-T
02-03-2011, 10:38 AM
Damn I didn't mean to brag about girth....LOL

Dennis Bynum
02-03-2011, 07:30 PM
Wayne, YOU are my hero!

H-Ace-T
02-03-2011, 07:43 PM
No you are mine. Glad to see you back. I don't have a valve cover race car so I'll watch yours.

Dennis Bynum
02-04-2011, 06:29 AM
Sorry Pal,, I dont care if you have to duct tape a valve cover to a skate board,YOU get your kids out there and make something!!! Also B.C. usually has some awsum prizes And it is an event that WE all look forward too.