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Old 09-13-2009, 05:04 PM   #1
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Engine cover MOD

Here is what I did. It has been done, but it was fun doing it.

Big shout out to Sir Speedies Garage. Without his help and website. I would not have had the set of b@lls to try.

Take stock cover off:
Unscrew oil cap and set aside.

Pull up on right side. There is an angled post, so pull out a bit and up. Left side should pop straight up. Lift up front of cover to about 30 degrees and pull straight out the front.

Replace oil cap.

Put out a towel.Turn cover over and lay on towel. Use flat scewdriver to bend up a couple prongs on the retaining washers on the maxipad. Put pad and washers somewhere, but don't forget where. You could tape the washers to it, so they don't get lost. Remove rubber gromet from oil filler tube area. Keep with pad.

Draw out the pattern of the rectangles you want to cut out on top of cover. I held a sharpe in my hand like you normally do. They if you rest your middle finger on the angled portion and index on top, you can freehand a line all the way around the top. Pen will sand off later.

Drill 1/2 inch holes in all four corners inside area you want to remove. Best if holes are touching lines or just inside. Put duck tape on bottom of jigsaw, so it doesn't scratch or grove cover. Some may want to router it, but I didn't think I could see the lines well enough. Once the pieces are cut out, set aside excess palstic for later use. File and sand the rectangles until you are happy! Around the oil cap is the most fun. Once holes are cut, put maxi pad back in and cut. Remember you need to keep the four holes in it to be able to reattach. I put mine back in, because I did not know if cover would rattle or something. Maybe still soundproofing some too.

I went to Lowes and bought a piece of the expanded metal that covers your gutters to keep the leaves out. Some people have use the screen door protector, but this mod did not require that much screen and I am cheap. I even found an open pack of five pieces on the shelf and asked if I could only buy one. Cost me $1. Cut out 2 pieces to overlap the holes cut out of cover. Cut around the simulated screws in the top to get them to lay down better. Be conservative and sneak up on it. Once you cut it, you cannot go back!

This is where I took it to my local custom paint shop, along with my 2 plastic % 1 alum. CAI pieces and paid to have them painted. Used satin black on the center and side areas (2colors). $300

In the meantime I spent another $20 for etching gray metal primer and gloss black paint. Could have left them silver, but was not sure how the aluminum would weather under there. This way I can mask and touch up later if needed.

Remember the plastic you cut out of cover........I cut up a piece into little 5/8inch squares to glue in the screens later.

When you get the cover back, put down a towel, cover with newspaper, and set the cover on it. Put the screens in place. They tend to want to lift. I used a piece of two by two laying in the middle of the screen and a three pound weight from the bar bell set laying on top of the wood to hold screen in plasce. Mix up about a third of the JB weld tubes, put down 10 blobs into the area of screen where it overlaps the holes on one cover, and push the little plastic squares into the blobs. Thought they might give extra strenght to the holding power of the JB weld. then repeat the process on the other side. You could use half and half of the tubes, but be careful it does not run down the cover and out the opening onto the painted area. Let dry as recommended.

Lastly, drilled and tapped holes in the 10 simulated screws across the top and the 15 simulated screws across both sides. Used 1/4-20 x 1/2 inch chrome button head screws on top, you could use shorter if available (3/8). Used 10-32 x 1/2 on sides. $25 chromehardwaresupply.com mesa, AZ taylor was most helpful.

Lay the four pad washers on concrete and tap four time with hammer to flatten back out bent prongs. Install maxi pad and oil filler gromet.

Remove oil cap and set aside. Install cover at angle onto the two back mounts. Push dip stick to the left while lowering the cover. Pull cover a little right to install on right side angled post, then seat left side over oil fill tube and left mount. replace oil cap.

Stand back and enjoy the view!
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Old 09-13-2009, 05:06 PM   #2
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Old 09-13-2009, 05:08 PM   #3
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Last pics, new at this stuff!
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Old 09-13-2009, 05:13 PM   #4
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Nice, did you also take off the intake cover? I removed both on my car.
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Old 09-13-2009, 05:19 PM   #5
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Old 09-13-2009, 06:02 PM   #6
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that looks very familiar
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Old 09-13-2009, 06:04 PM   #7
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lol that's freakn awesome, great work and originality...
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Old 09-13-2009, 06:17 PM   #8
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Old 09-13-2009, 06:58 PM   #9
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Very creative!
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:19 PM   #10
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Looks great buddy! Original.... I love it. I have been working on mine for a week now
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:19 PM   #11
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maroSS....look away from the light....
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SGOS, How hard was the removal of the fuel rails to get the plenum cover off?

Was not sure if I wanted to tackle that one!
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You painted the roto-fab tube and maf holder also... Any tips there? Did you prime them or how did you go about that one?
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Old 09-14-2009, 01:13 AM   #14
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maroSS....look away from the light....
once i look away from the light you hit me with your car and i end up with a corsa exhaust, roto-fab intake and a kick A$$ custom made engine cover on my car lmao
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Don't laugh too hard, you might hurt yourself.

Rharon, I had it painted at a shop. They did prime before painting.
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Old 09-14-2009, 02:18 AM   #17
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Nice! Thanks
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Old 09-14-2009, 10:26 AM   #20
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I like that, very nice! Now how about an LS3 or L99 badge to replace that usless V8 tag on the front of the engine cover? I don't know what they were thinking when they did that. I have also heard the comment that the cover should have read "CAMARO" where you made the mod and not "CHEVROLET". I agree.
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Old 09-14-2009, 02:57 PM   #21
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Thanks

Yes, the last touch will be the V8 or something to cover it. Only things I have found, short of vinyl decal, are $60 for polished stainless. A little too rich for this DIY project.
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SGOS, How hard was the removal of the fuel rails to get the plenum cover off?

Was not sure if I wanted to tackle that one!

It's not hard, but I was lucky enough to have someone take it off for me. It only took him about 5 minutes tops. He had to remove several bolts (some hold the fuel rails down and some hold the intake shield down). Then you have to lift the fuel rails just high enough (a few inches) to slide the intake shield off. Then pop the fuel rails back in place and tighten them back down.
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That looks like mine.

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Inspired effort worth it...

Hey Chris,

Again, thanks for the inspiration to tackle this mod. Here are the finished results. As I said in my pm to you, there are a couple of people interested in this for their cars... We'll see... Would love to do it with/for some friends for fun, but don't want to start a business...That takes all the fun out of it...Notice in the first and third pic, Pink Pig is checking the cover out through the windshield... He approved...

I used Dupli color paint from Autozone and several people asked me how I matched it. Well, it's "Dupli-color' so the cap has a sticker with the color on it, and the cap matches the paint color, but they didn't have Red Jewel Tint, so I did it the scientific method. I got six or seven different colors that were real close, asked the lady working the cash register if it was ok, and carried them out to my car. It was parked in the sun. I got my window cleaner out of my trunk, and (this is important) a micro-fiber cloth, yellow in color. I sprayed the paint can lids with window cleaner and carefully wiped the caps off (without damaging the cap stickers, I may not buy that can so others coming along behind me may want to be able to read the stickers)(They may not have scientific skills like me) and held it up to the front valance and then a side body panel of the car. Uhm... nope, nope, ohhh close but nope, nope... ahhhh, thats it, perfect... My focus capacity in my eyes is gone, but my color match ability is still good... I bought one can and took it home, got one of the pieces of the cover that I had already cut out, sanded it and then sprayed it for color. Wet sanded it, then sprayed it with clear... wet sanded that, and then buffed it out and pulled my Camaro back out in the sun, if it's a good color match, then I gotta go back to the Auto Zone anyway, and sure enough it is a perfect match... so, three cans of paint and two cans of clear later... taa daa....

Now to any others wanting to try this... Take your time, I probably have at least 20 hours in this mod. With the lessons learned on this one, I could probably cut it down by 1/3rd or maybe even 1/2... but it's not a quick process...but the end result is awesome...If anyone has any questions, PM me and I'll help where I can...

One of the guys from my local club that does under hood plates is going to use his cover to measure the size needed for a aluminum cover/insert to go over the v-8 insignia. I am going to have something like
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Thanks Again Chris,

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SSE 4 2SS, very nice work!

That is about as close as possible a color match, without the exact name!

For others doing this mod, I got the chrome button head screws from this outfit out of Phoenix. Great people to work with and you WILL NOT beat their prices and shipping!!!

I used 10 1/4-20 x 1/2" down both sides on the center & 15 #10 x 1/2" on the side squares

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Here is an cover update with the chrome SS covering the V8. Just the rear trunk white SS emblem with the decal removed.
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