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What did you do to your Ranger today? (Part Deux!)


Maritime Drag Racing

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Put it back in the garage todayfor off season upgrades. Got to swap stock rear shocks for adjustable ones, do a couple minor suspension tweaks, add a 6 point roll bar and a better fuel cell with a RAIN PROOF cover. That's not many days worth of work and there's almost nine months to go before the first race of 2022..........

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Track photographer caught this one about ten feet off the starting line. Definitely no travel left in the suspension front or rear at this point....

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Checked everything to see if they were leaking after the fluid changes. The rear axle cover has a stain on it but nothing bad enough to be concerned about. Everything else was bone dry.
 

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I took a mental health day today lol😉. Used her to make a dump run we bought a new bed, so said sianara to the old one. Than I droped the 4.0 block at the machine shop, been cleaning some parts. I might have cleaned the oil pan too well, what do you think.View attachment 66026
That red looks cool. Usually oil pans are painted black for the best heat transfer, because they play a part in cooling the oil. Same reason radiators are usually black. Probably won't make a difference, but be aware of this.
 

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That red looks cool. Usually oil pans are painted black for the best heat transfer, because they play a part in cooling the oil. Same reason radiators are usually black. Probably won't make a difference, but be aware of this.
Hmm never really heard of that concept being applied to oil pans, they were all gray from the factory, I appreciate it. If I lived in a hotter climate or o have issues with heat I might think about it more.
 

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That red looks cool. Usually oil pans are painted black for the best heat transfer, because they play a part in cooling the oil. Same reason radiators are usually black. Probably won't make a difference, but be aware of this.
Crap... all modern cars must overheat since I haven't seen a black radiator or oil pan in the past decade. :ROFLMAO:
 

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Ford quit doing black oil pans in the early 60's because it made tracing oil leaks a PITA.

Blue and gray are normal after that.
 

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Ford quit doing black oil pans in the early 60's because it made tracing oil leaks a PITA.

Blue and gray are normal after that.
Chevy did red or orange to hide the fires...
 

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Did abit more work on my parts pile today mostly just cleaning a bit more paint prep on some random parts, cleaned overspray on gasket surfaces on yesterday's parts. Than I got down to the heater blower motor and it got me thinking it looked like a direct replacement for the 83 blower, but with a sealed motor for better life span. So I mounted it in, and even the plug snaped right on. Now I need to put the old one back in to verify, however I think the voltage requirements for different speeds is different does anyone else have experience with this swap.
 

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That red looks cool. Usually oil pans are painted black for the best heat transfer, because they play a part in cooling the oil. Same reason radiators are usually black. Probably won't make a difference, but be aware of this.
Many oil pans now are not painted as they are aluminum which dissipates heat much better. If I'm not mistaken ThatOneGuys is also aluminum instead of steel. The last oil pan I replaced was on a 08 Dodge Caliber and was about 1.25 inches deep but steel, painted black. Basically a bottom cap on the motor.
 

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Paint tends to interfere with heat transfer. Of course, no paint leads to corrosion. So pick your poison.
 

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Many oil pans now are not painted as they are aluminum which dissipates heat much better. If I'm not mistaken ThatOneGuys is also aluminum instead of steel. The last oil pan I replaced was on a 08 Dodge Caliber and was about 1.25 inches deep but steel, painted black. Basically a bottom cap on the motor.
Yes the oil pan on a 4.0 is aluminum. I partly painted it for looks, however it's also for corrosion resistance, alot of the aluminum on this engine has that chalky white corrosion all over, as well as a half inch of oil and dirt. And if im gonna take the time to scrub it all clean it's darn well gonna get some paint.
 

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Using self etching primer on aluminum will really help it adhere.

I painted four deck chairs using regular primer before I learned that, and the paint came off in months.

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It works well for galvanized or zinc coated steel as well.
 


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