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Old 04-04-2011, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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The engine bay of my S2000 isn't bad.



The big black thing in front is just the airbox, and with it removed, you've got a pretty long bay that can fit a small block (it's been done) or a whole bunch of forced-induction piping:

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Old 04-04-2011, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Man, you people claiming the plastic covering makes it harder to work on a car have no business rooting around under the hood in the first place. Taking a plastic cover off takes, what, 3 minutes tops?
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:37 PM
 
Location: H-town, TX.
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Man, you people claiming the plastic covering makes it harder to work on a car have no business rooting around under the hood in the first place. Taking a plastic cover off takes, what, 3 minutes tops?
Hell, if I am going to piggyback on a post here, I'll go with this.

But. yeah, that NVH stuff...who knew this is where I would revisit that stuff for the first time since my presentation on that subject for my Hearing Conservation class back in Spring '09...

Also, I seriously doubt anyone would go back to a rickety 70s model car over some sound deadening material.

Come to think of it, my F150 doesn't have that stuff aside from the intake runner cover being plastic or composite....whatever it is.
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Thats one thing I do like about my Subaru, Nothing hidden under plastic. Downside of course is how incredibly tight everything is.
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Old 04-04-2011, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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It is done for sound proofing.
Don't need a lot of ugly plastic to do that.

Older cars used hood insulation...



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Old 04-04-2011, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Birmingham
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Man, you people claiming the plastic covering makes it harder to work on a car have no business rooting around under the hood in the first place. Taking a plastic cover off takes, what, 3 minutes tops?
I was going to let that pass, but I'm glad you didn't. Some just pop on and pop off, others maybe a thumb screw or two. 3 minutes is generous.

If you like that raw look, just take them off and put them in your closet.
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Old 04-04-2011, 05:06 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Most older engine bays looked like crap, hoses and wires protruding from everywhere. Today's modern vehicles have even more components and wiring stuffed under the hood and it would be an absolute mess to let it all be visible. It doesn't take very long to remove the plastic covering and considering how infrequently one should actually be taking things apart, I don't see it as much of an inconvenience. It's a much cleaner look and its better that way.

The Chip Foose designed engine bays shown earlier are works of art but obviously not every manufacturer is going to be spending the time and expense to design every vehicle in such a way. I would prefer that they all looked like that but plastic coverings are the next best thing.
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Old 04-04-2011, 05:07 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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I don't know, I think the Boss 302 has a beautiful engine..

compared to a 69 Boss 302 engine..
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Old 04-04-2011, 05:19 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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here is my Mustangs engine.. I thinks its gorgeous..


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Old 04-04-2011, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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It is mainly for sound deadening in luxo-cars, but also to give the engine a more "elegant" look. Which is to say make it a pain in the ass to work on in exchange for looking....stupid.
Pain in the ass? It takes like 30 seconds to get all of it off. 10 seconds on my car: 4 pushbottons on the top and it lifts right up. The VW TDi I worked on this weekend took 2 10mm bolts, but still only about 30 seconds to get off.

It's really not that hard to get off, and needs to be easy so the techs in the dealership don't spend much time on it for warranty work.
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