It’s all about a profile that looks cool.
Having the right lowered stance is what sets a killer hot rod apart from a dorky looking hot rod. That said, driving low can come at the cost of an oil pan if you don’t pay attention to ground clearance—something I recently discovered the hard way. While turning into a driveway, my King T track roadster bottomed out and the oil pan took a direct hit and fractured.
I recently replaced the oil pan and took the opportunity to add a few other items, too. With an upcoming feature with Street Rodder magazine on the horizon, I wanted to add some more chrome to go with the proper ground clearance. Follow along in the slide show below to see how to choose and install a new oil pan in a lowered vehicle. Please note that large-capacity oil pans tend to be less shallow at the front and can impair ground clearance. A stock oil capacity works just fine for a hot rod.