Been thinking about resurfacing my shop floor and don't want any oil spots on it. I now have 7 Model "T"s and one "TT" and they all have some oil leaks. Nothing big but big enough to be irritating. Does anyone make rectangular oil drip pans ??? or have them made up at a fab shop (that could get expensive)??? or is there such a thing as a light weight disposable pan (different sizes)??? Would appreciate your inputs/ideas, be nice !!! Something tells me that the "be nice" thing isn't going to work here :-)
I use rubber boot mats from the farm store. They have raised edges and hold the oil. When they get nasty I give them a dose of simple green and hose them off. You can also dump some kitty litter in them and it won't scatter around on your floor.
Yes, Auto Zone and Advance Auto Parts sell "giant cookie sheet" drip pans, I have one under my T.
I just use old cardboard boxes. may not be what you're looking for, but it's good enough for me.
Baking sheets with a raised edge are available from any large grocery store in the housewares aisle. They probably hold a quart or more of oil, the only thing is the size is a little too small to reach from the front to the back of the motor, Don.
Like Mark said, you can get them cheap at AutoZone. I have a couple under my car with a bit of kitty litter in them.
Wally World is where I have found them, the last one i bought was around 7 bucks
I use large unfolded cardboard boxes from appliances or TVs. The oil soaks into them, but not through. The best part is there is no cleanup, unlike you'll have with a drip pan. Once they get too floppy, I fold them up and put them out with the trash. They're lightweight so it makes them easy to move around and re-position under the leaky parts of your car.
These boxes are about 7 years old. Stop by any appliance or electronics store and they're sure to have some around back they'll give you for free.
Or the plastic trays that fit under your washing machine. Home Depot or Lowes. They can hold an entire bag of oil dri.
Oil on the floor means water beads up and does not penetrate, freeze, and
pock the glass-like surface I worked to hard to get. The smell of a properly
seasoned shop is a secondary benefit. I wouldn't have it any other way.
I use the HF ones under my model A and T. They were like $8 each 3-4 years ago. The are thin raised edge kind. Tim
Here are links:
Napa part# BK 8216120 or BK 8114000
I use these aluminium pans with a little kitty litter in the bottom
I got a big plastic drip tray from Pep Boys. It was fine until it got oil on it. Then it warped up like a potato chip and dumped about a cup of oil on the garage floor.
The metal ones on the link are awesome.
Sam's club and the like sell "incontinent pads" by the case cheap. They are less messy than kitty litter or oil dry to line your drip pan. Most goodwill stores will sell used oven broiler pans for cheap. They make good drip pans and they are porcelain enamel and easy to keep clean. Generally GW also has used cookie sheets cheap, for us thrifty types.
I'm not going into a store and tell the check-out girl that incontinent pads are less messy than kitty litter. Even if I tell her they were for the Model T, she won't believe it.
I use the pans that a washer sits in from LOWES. I've got them under all my Mopars and now the T. When I first got my T I told my brother that it only leaked a little bit. He said: "Just wait until you drive it!"
I have several of the "giant cookie sheets" from O'Reilly's. They work great. Only something like 9 bucks.
Not being wise, but I would track down drips and
leaks, that's what I did. My 23 is so bone dry I
spray time to time PB blaster on my bottom because
there is not one single dot of rust anywhere and
it is original. My findings of most are pedal shaft
seals, starter cover bent and that miserable felt
on the hogshead where it meets the pan. As far as
oil inspection pan, I use those rubber washer
things don't know the name but are Kabota diesel
valve cover washers.. that solved that..
OMG....Holy Mack'r-all, I can't believe this response !!! Thank you to each and every guy that responded, so many good ideas. I knew what I wanted to do but wasn't sure where to start. Thanks to all, I really appreciate you's taking the time. BTW: Burger I know exactly what your talking about as for the "shop aroma" thing, nothing like it, brings back ol' memories of my Dad's shop. And now my kids have mentioned the same about their Dad's shop, gas-oil-paint smell can't be duplicated!!! I think the insurance companies would frown on it though !!! I do take that extra step to make things safe, money can't replace a lifetime collection of guy stuff, just think about replacing the contents of your shop !!! That would be a good thread to start, "what's the contents of your shop worth ($$$)", ins. agent told me one time @ 200k I'm UNDER INSURED, take pictures just in case.
Over time oil will rot cement so clean and dry is better!Bud.
I bought two like Chad shows from Walmart. One is under a car and the second under my Turkey deep fryer. Can't remember the price but wasn't much. MG
I thought that the oil stopped the cement from rusting!
NO Fred, maybe the re-rod but that would take a bunch of oil. Someone has misguided you and there's a few on this forum that'll do it, all in fun of course :-)
Two thoughts come to mind. I myself use the laundry washing machine trays for their size, but they are expensive, and if you roll over the edge of one with the car, it shatters it., so...
I watch a lot of online auctions and surplus school or jail or other large institutions often sell surplus equiptment. Keep yor eye out for baking pans. Or, would this work...?
Make yourself a properly sized box with a plywood base and 1 x2 edges and line it with aluminum foil. After a month or so of drips, just wrap up the foil and throw it away and when the wife is out of the house, grab the wide roll and reline the box. It would hold hitty litter as well, I would think. Just a thought.
And don't forget Thansgiving is coming up... keep the aluminum throw away roasting pans, clean them out and use them for the larger leaks. Put some scrap metal or small rocks in them to keep them from blowing around the garage floor. Rinse them out or just throw them away. They also make throw away aluminum small sheets for the bottom of the oven to keep drips off the oven bottom. A handful or two of kitty litter in them and they would hold a few weeks of oil leaks.
Man, I gotta get out of the kitchen!