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Old 05-02-2014, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Any interest in W126 Belly pan/skid plate?

I just had a skid plate made for my lowered SDL (AFTER I cracked the oil pan). The guy who did it (a friend of my mechanic), used 1/4 inch steel resulting in something that I could probably jack the car up with! A little overkill for sure, but I don't want to deal with any more oil pan issues. For mine, they did a custom install where they TIG welded some tabs onto my unibody as bolt-on points. I know that I have seen some folks inquiring about a belly pan for these (especially the diesels), as the pans are very vulnerable -- more so when lowered.

I mentioned to the welder that there may be interest in more if he could make it a simple bolt-on installation. So my question is does anybody want one of these, and if so, any requests, etc. He may be able to do aluminum as well, but I haven't breached that subject with him. He does a lot of custom fabrication in steel and aluminum and seems to be very good at his craft. I'm pretty sure that, depending on which direction we go, I could get these done for a pretty reasonable price (relatively speaking). I found someone that had a factory pan and was asking $350 for it (plus shipping). I think we can get these done for a good bit less than that. Shipping won't be really cheap since they are kind of heavy, but still I think it would be less than that delivered to your door.

If there is interest, I will get with him and have him work up another based on the suggestions that I get from you guys here. Mine is just a rectangular piece of 1/4 inch steel bent at the proper location and drilled with holes to match the tabs that they put on to bolt it on.

I'm not looking to make a killing on these things, just trying to help fellow brothers (and sisters?) out so we can try to avoid any unfortunate pan issues! I will take a little for my time, but not much over what he charges me.

Once it stops raining here, I'll post some pics of mine so that you can see just how stout it is.

The floor is open for input, suggestions, insults, what have you!

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This damned rain ain't gonna stop until tomorrow. I'm sure we all want to see yours.
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Old 05-02-2014, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Ahh, Florida in the spring!

Maybe I can pull it in the garage and get some light on it to take some pics. Eh, on second thought, it will probably be tomorrow at the earliest. I'll try to get 'em taken this weekend. I can assure you that I will NOT ever (unless the car is totalled or something) have oil pan issues from impact! This thing is a beast of a pan.

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How much beyond the pan does the new plate cover?

I had an engine die in my first car, a VW diesel, years ago due to bouncing it off the pavement and flattening the oil pan to the pickup tube. Unlike on the MB oil pickup, the VW one only had one ~1/2" hole in the bottom of a cast iron pickup tube, and when it was covered it starved the engine for oil.
After my mechanic (dad) rebuilt the bottom end, he welded a 1/4" steel plate reinforcement layer directly onto the bottom of the oil pan, and a short ways up the sides.
(He also drilled four ~1/4" holes around the bottom edge of the pickup, to prevent the same thing from being able to starve the engine, in the unlikely case that I'd manage to flatten the reinforced pan!)

I don't know that it would be enough for what you had happen to your pan, and am curious just how much else is protected by your plate option.

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There was a factory "rough road" skidplate, i'd think one would want to emulate it if making new skidplates.

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This damned rain ain't gonna stop until tomorrow. I'm sure we all want to see yours.
Juss go out to the backyard or the front depending. YEARS ago when I (briefly) lived in Titusville, that's what we did

compu, he'd need a picture of one

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This is a great idea.
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Here are pictures:

https://www.benzworld.org/forums/w126...te-560sec.html

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Got one installed
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Old 05-03-2014, 04:57 AM
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I've got an MB one on both cars but they are nearly impossible to find. Both have taken loads of hits so who knows how many times they've been worth having.
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