Originally Posted by Suther
Not sure if that helps, but there are several different Belly Pans available, maybe one with the opening. On the photos for me it looks like there is no cover, it's just closed.
Anyway, those would be the #(but I haven't checked what the difference is);
68091772AA BELLY PAN. Front. . [ERB]. $38.70 (ERB=3.6)
68037063AD BELLY PAN. Front. . [EX0], [EXF]. $111.00 (EXF=3.0 Diesel)
55079191AD BELLY PAN. Front. . [EZH]. $41.00 (EZH=5.7)
While I don't like this opening, it's just a dirt collector, I probably bolt a plastic piece in. Definitly cheaper than 38 bucks. As nobody sees it, easy fix ;-).
Good to see that my research wasn't that wrong
That was my thought as well; no seperate cover, just a one piece with the closed opening. For the V8, the opening is probably just stamped out.
I think, they used what ever was available during the assembling. The delay for not having the right part is probably more expensive then just put one 'similar' in. And it doesn't hurt either.