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Posted: Sat Jan 22, 2005 1:21 pm 
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What is the material that the engine shield on an EL is made out of? It's quite a rough feel on the fingertips but I haven't been able to figure out exactly what it is.

 

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Posted: Sat Jan 22, 2005 10:46 pm 
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which shield? the one over the exhaust? the exhaust heat shield is just steel

 

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Posted: Sat Jan 22, 2005 11:49 pm 
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the rocker cover? aluminium alloy.

Thing on top has 4.0 OHC on it and is (usually) black.

 

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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 11:46 am 
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No I mean the one sitting on top of my engine ( picture below ), the black piece. It feels kind of ceramic which I guess makes sense considering all the heat there but I would like to know specifically what its made from.




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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 12:32 pm 
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Vic,I haven't had a good look at a ford one before, but most top engine covers are usually die cast aluminium painted.

 

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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 12:57 pm 
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This one is not metallic. It is quite a rough feel when you run your hand over it.

 

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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 1:43 pm 
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It'lljust be plastic.

ceramic = too expensive
metal = not needed
plastic = cheap, high temp plastics available so suitable, rough moulded to confuse people into thinking it's something special.

 

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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 1:53 pm 
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Well its in two parts, the front half is definetly plastic and bolts to the rear half which is not plastic. ( of this I'm reasonably sure )
So far I've seen these engine shields on the V8's only so perhaps if another member can confirm on their V8 what they think their shield is made of?

 

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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 2:10 pm 
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i know the rear 1/2 is metal cos a m8 has his EB GT's cover off and you can see where the mounting tabs for the GT plaque have been welded on.....

i'm guessing cast alloy, it's too light fr steel and not heavy enough for plastic

 

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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 2:20 pm 
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mm *takes breath*
the balck part is the engine cover and is made of plastic! ( a good mod is to take this off and paint it :) )
the silver couloured part is meyal that is part of the intake manifold

 

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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 2:38 pm 
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Rear is not plastic. Anyone with a EL V8 might be able to provide an opinion from their own?

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 9:06 pm 
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The BBQ plate, or rear section is made from cast steel, it has a rough non slip type paint. the front is plastic. Take the BBQ plate off and feel how heavy it is, its definately not alloy.

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 9:37 pm 
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Cast steel is more believable.

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 25, 2005 4:56 am 
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for the size, i'd say it's cast alloy

easy enough t find out, just put a magnet on it

 

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Posted: Thu Jan 27, 2005 11:51 pm 
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It is die cast alloy of some sort, some actually polish it.
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