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Username Post: Garage Floor Mat        (Topic#360330)
r50chvy 
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03-30-20 04:20 PM - Post#2789833    

When I was a boy, my grandfather had oil stained cardboard under his 1950 Chevy Styleline in his garage. So of course to emulate Gramps, I too have oil stained cardboard, which I do change fairly regularly, under my 1950 Convertible. I’m tired of seeing oil stain cardboard in what is a very nice garage. Certainly there are better products out there for this purpose. What are some alternatives to my cardboard? Carpet sure, but anything else to absorb the oil and look good? Recommendations? Also anyone put anything behind their cars to catch the occasional soot from the tail pipe at startup after the car sits a long time. Thanks

1950 Styleline Deluxe Convertible (Mist Green)
1958 Corvette (Panama Yellow/White)(1 of 190)Duntov Winner
2008 Harley Ultra Classic (White/Black)
2017 Cayanne GTS (White) (The Beast)


 


Dave in VA 
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03-30-20 04:25 PM - Post#2789834    
    In response to r50chvy

I got this, and still put cardboard in it.

32"x62" condensate drip pan

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009AX2AZ6 /ref=p...

"Knowledge is Good" -- Emil Faber

U S Navy MM2 1970-75 USS Canisteo AO-99, USS Miller DE-1091 (The Champagne of Ships)

1950 Styleline Deluxe 2dr, mostly stock, driver quality...new to me 3/18
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2020 Blazer Premier



Edited by Dave in VA on 03-30-20 04:26 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Tri5man 
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03-30-20 04:53 PM - Post#2789841    
    In response to Dave in VA

I've used metal drip pans under my cars for years. I've had them for so long I don't remember where I bought them other then they were from an auto parts store like Auto Zone or Pep Boys. I do remember them coming in various sizes.



 
Dean50 
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03-30-20 05:01 PM - Post#2789842    
    In response to r50chvy

Any kind of shallow tray with Oil-Dri in it under the car. Stand that old cardboard up behind the car for those sooty starts.

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r50chvy 
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03-30-20 05:08 PM - Post#2789844    
    In response to Dean50

I do use cardboard behind the car, but does Jay Leno have cardboard behind his cars?!? There has to be a product.

Does anyone have experience with Drymate Oil Spill Mat? Saw it on Amazon as a possibility for under the car

1950 Styleline Deluxe Convertible (Mist Green)
1958 Corvette (Panama Yellow/White)(1 of 190)Duntov Winner
2008 Harley Ultra Classic (White/Black)
2017 Cayanne GTS (White) (The Beast)


 
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03-30-20 05:41 PM - Post#2789847    
    In response to r50chvy

Oil leaks have always been a part of owning an old chevy. I use a drip pan and fill it half full of oil dry, shake it out a couple of times a year. Remember that oil leak from an old chev is just the act of claiming it's territory.

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Dave in VA 
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03-31-20 04:29 AM - Post#2789869    
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  • 2blu52 Said:
Oil leaks have always been a part of owning an old chevy. I use a drip pan and fill it half full of oil dry, shake it out a couple of times a year. Remember that oil leak from an old chev is just the act of claiming it's territory.



That's funny.


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U S Navy MM2 1970-75 USS Canisteo AO-99, USS Miller DE-1091 (The Champagne of Ships)

1950 Styleline Deluxe 2dr, mostly stock, driver quality...new to me 3/18
2017 Silverado LTZ 6.2
2020 Blazer Premier



 
eplantage 
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03-31-20 05:07 AM - Post#2789872    
    In response to Dave in VA

There are a lot of products available for use with chemical spills and containment from pads to socks filled with absorbant material. Oil dry, floor dry, cat litter are all things that could be put in an old shallow cake/bar pan and slid under it.

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03-31-20 06:45 AM - Post#2789882    
    In response to eplantage

I use washing machine drip pans, under $25. I also use plastic mortar mixing tubs from Menards.

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whiskey1954 
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03-31-20 07:10 AM - Post#2789883    
    In response to r50chvy

I use an old pair of thick socks and a wide rubber band on the exhaust tips like off of celery bunches from the produce (green) for my start ups after long sitting or an old blanket. Oil-Dri garage guard that looks like a piece of mat carpet will hold up to 1 gallon oil,water grease bought from Oreilly's This product comes out of Alphareta,Ga website www.oildri.com or 800 645 3747



 
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03-31-20 07:43 AM - Post#2789886    
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I learned about kitty litter when I was pumping gas at a Kerr McGee station in the 1960's. At closing time we'd sprinkle it on the oil stains on our concrete, and then work it in by scuffing our shoe soles against it. This works great to remove all oil staining on concrete. I've also used it on brick, but with less success. I just put a little on each stain, stand on the kitty litter with my feet flat, and do "The Twist", for those of you who remember Chubby Checkers.

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03-31-20 12:26 PM - Post#2789915    
    In response to rrausch

I use a piece of vinyl flooring and wipe it once in a wile

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r50chvy 
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03-31-20 07:00 PM - Post#2789945    
    In response to whiskey1954

Whisky, that Oil Dry mat looks like what I’m looking for. There’s an O’Reilly’s two miles away, and in fact I was in there today buying fluids for the Styleline. Thanks for the recommendation, and everyone else too.

1950 Styleline Deluxe Convertible (Mist Green)
1958 Corvette (Panama Yellow/White)(1 of 190)Duntov Winner
2008 Harley Ultra Classic (White/Black)
2017 Cayanne GTS (White) (The Beast)


 
whiskey1954 
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04-03-20 05:48 PM - Post#2790263    
    In response to r50chvy

r50chevy I usually take mine and duct tape it to a piece of cardboard so it does not curl up since it is rolled up when you get it. I am not sure if there are different sizes the one I bought was 3ft x 5ft use it for trunk liner tool box liner floor mats etc.




 
junky 
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04-04-20 08:56 PM - Post#2790339    
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This thread reminds me of a friend that served in the Navy. He was told that there was an oil leak in an engine, and that it was necessary to put a quart of oil into the engine every day, and that was the way it was for as long as anyone could remember. He saw this as a challenge, and found the leak and fixed it, even though it wasn't in his "job description" to fix leaks. For this reason, he kept quiet about fixing the leak. A short time later, the engine was overfilled with oil, because no one ever checked the dipstick.
Instead of adding oil for that which winds up on the floor, have you attempted to find the leak and fix it. It might just be a loose fitting, or a valve cover leak.

Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience.


 
r50chvy 
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04-05-20 08:29 PM - Post#2790421    
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I thought all these 1950’s cars leaked a little oil. Hmmm. I thought I had read something on this forum a long while back how these cars spit a little oil out the torque tube; maybe I have that wrong. I’ve asked my mechanic and he said it’s normal. If it’s not normal, time to fine a new mechanic.



1950 Styleline Deluxe Convertible (Mist Green)
1958 Corvette (Panama Yellow/White)(1 of 190)Duntov Winner
2008 Harley Ultra Classic (White/Black)
2017 Cayanne GTS (White) (The Beast)


 
Dave in VA 
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04-06-20 04:39 AM - Post#2790442    
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  • r50chvy Said:
I thought all these 1950’s cars leaked a little oil. Hmmm. I thought I had read something on this forum a long while back how these cars spit a little oil out the torque tube; maybe I have that wrong. I’ve asked my mechanic and he said it’s normal. If it’s not normal, time to fine a new mechanic.





Mine leaks some from the torque tube and the rear main seal. At 70 yrs old, I chalk it up as normal.


"Knowledge is Good" -- Emil Faber

U S Navy MM2 1970-75 USS Canisteo AO-99, USS Miller DE-1091 (The Champagne of Ships)

1950 Styleline Deluxe 2dr, mostly stock, driver quality...new to me 3/18
2017 Silverado LTZ 6.2
2020 Blazer Premier



 
drew1987 
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04-06-20 06:34 AM - Post#2790455    
    In response to Dave in VA

Could he have meant the road draft crank case breather (when running and shortly after)? Surely they weren't delivered new with a leak, but as Dave says, at 70 years old, its expected.

Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

'50 Deluxe 4dr v8 auto

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Edited by drew1987 on 04-06-20 06:34 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
4oldcars 
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04-06-20 06:54 AM - Post#2790458    
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I used PVC pipe to extend the torque tube to the rear just to keep the bottom of the car cleaner

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rrausch 
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04-06-20 07:24 AM - Post#2790462    
    In response to 4oldcars

The only Powerglide car I owned was a '53 Bel Air that I drove in 1969. And I don't remember it ever leaking from the PG. I never added fluid to it and never changed the fluid. Of course it was only 16 years old then, and not 67. Maybe if they get old they start to leak a little bit. I know I do.

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