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Old 09-21-2014, 10:38 PM   #1
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DIY engine dress up: need ideas! Got any pictures of your work

I am interested in improving my under hood appearance, hate stock black plastic everywhere. However, I can't justify spending $150+ on a few chrome caps/covers you get as a kit from online stores like AM.

I'm thinking about doing a stainless steel or metallic silver look for radiator cap, fuse box cover, and bunch of little stuff like that. Possibly gonna paint them (stock caps) to start off with. What base coat should I use? I read gloss black primer helps chrome/shinny colors a great deal.

Besides that, please do share any other custom DIY under dress ideas you might have! This mod bug is crazy

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i've gotten a lot of hydro graphics done professionally but they make DIY kits and its a pretty easy process.. also get some hi temp paint and do your valve covers
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Old 09-22-2014, 01:26 AM   #3
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i've gotten a lot of hydro graphics done professionally but they make DIY kits and its a pretty easy process.. also get some hi temp paint and do your valve covers
You hit the nail on valve covers. I was thinking about it the other day, since we don't have any aftermarket ones available. How difficult was it to remove them? Did you have to remove intake manifold or something else?

Also, any ideas about improving the look of out plastic IM cover? Man I hate the look of those fish scales/little squares. Fcukin rats pooped in them the other day..

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you have to remove the manifold to get the passanger side valve cover.
its about 20 bolts on the covers iirc
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Old 09-23-2014, 01:57 PM   #5
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High temp paint works wonders. You could also do some wrapping and hide all the wires.
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Turbo will greatly improve under hood appearance

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Ooooohh yeeeah.
Have you thought about a short ram or cold air intake pipe for the turbo?
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Ooooohh yeeeah.
Have you thought about a short ram or cold air intake pipe for the turbo?
I'm not quite sure what the purpose of that would be.

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REALLY? ok, I have a rough idea and kno for a dyno proven fact it helps but that's for another thread...let me gather up some info and I'll post what I have on one of your threads
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REALLY? ok, I have a rough idea and kno for a dyno proven fact it helps but that's for another thread...let me gather up some info and I'll post what I have on one of your threads

The only way something like that would help if it pulls air from outside the car. So he would need to somehow get into the fender for it to actually be useful.


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The only way something like that would help if it pulls air from outside the car. So he would need to somehow get into the fender for it to actually be useful.


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Or tap into the factory snorkel unit. Anyway, OP. There are many things you can do. I know a gut who custom made strut tower covers with fiber glass cotton balls and scrap leather.
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REALLY? ok, I have a rough idea and kno for a dyno proven fact it helps but that's for another thread...let me gather up some info and I'll post what I have on one of your threads
I'm pretty sure that he has a front mount inter-cooler to cool the air the turbo pulls in.

And the whole CAI vs. standard intake really depends on the car and how bad the stock intake is. In the case of 11-14 V6 mustangs any aftermarket intake is useless as the stock one flows great (same one the 420 HP GT's have). Any threads you see on here showing gains from a CAI are from a CAI AND tune and if you were to tune a stock car you would see similar results.
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Or tap into the factory snorkel unit. Anyway, OP. There are many things you can do. I know a gut who custom made strut tower covers with fiber glass cotton balls and scrap leather.
I'm definitely going for carbon fiber, and brushed aluminum/stainless steel look under my hood!





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High temp paint works wonders. You could also do some wrapping and hide all the wires.



I have looked into some DIY hydro graphics kits. Can I see any container lying around in my house, and maybe be a bath tub or something for big things like radiator cover and strut tower brace?




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I'm pretty sure that he has a front mount inter-cooler to cool the air the turbo pulls in.
Air pre-turbo =/= air post turbo.


There are a lot of schools of thought on this, but bringing in cooler (denser) air leads to increased turbo efficiency, hence, why they run better in the cold.

Basically the two schools of thought are:
1. Get the turbo the coldest air possible. This usually involves a long intake to the fender or something, but in some cases has been proven to increase efficiency and power.
2. (my personal choice) is that the turbo is a vacuum source, and you should just run the biggest, least restrictive, most free flowing intake possible to make the turbo the most efficient regarding power and spool.

That's neither here nor there though, the large filter is probably his best bet at this point, and it would be tricky to get a large enough intake to matter down into the fender well without looking like a complete hack job.
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Hood....get an after market hood with functional scoops to directly dump outside air over the turb. You get the coldest air possible and you have the most free flowing filter.

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I always noticed a HUGE bump in power when driving my last turboed car in night fog. Does the fog or moisture in the air affect the air density at all?

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Dude hydro dip sounds awesome. I want to do that to some interior trim peices.
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Hmmm Moist air is typically more dense, so i suppose its possible.

Slight threadjack here, but a trick we used with great success is called wet compression (WMI pre-turbo), you may have been experiencing something along these lines.
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LoL, ya we should move this to a new thread...
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Back on topic. Here's mines. keep your engine bay clean people, lol! No one likes a dirty engine and neither does your engine.Click image for larger version

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^ Very nice indeed!
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Back on topic. Here's mines. keep your engine bay clean people, lol! No one likes a dirty engine and neither does your engine.Attachment 166836 Not a lot of bling
Where did you get that cover with the pony emblem? did it come stock?
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Where did you get that cover with the pony emblem? did it come stock?
Mines came with it as I got the performance pack from the factory but you can get the cover and everything from vendors like Late model restoration or on ebay.

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Now we're getting some pics. Lookin good Kevin!
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Paint your radiator cover:



It really ties everything together inside the engine bay.

I may paint the engine cover also, but I could decide which parts to paint / mask, etc. at the time I was getting the radiator cover done.
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What kind of paint do you use on the radiator cover?


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its up to u but i would recomend the same auto paint as the car with a spray gun not spray cans due to the fact of overspray.
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What kind of paint do you use on the radiator cover?


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Prep is the key. I saw one that someone did and it was all pealed and flaking off.


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Well for the radiator cover it comes off the car relatively easy i think it's only 12 push pins and it comes off. Maybe I'll plasti dip it and see how it goes


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