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Old 09-22-2003, 12:44 PM   #11
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Hmmmm...I'm considering this too...and I know just the mesh I'd use if I could (some I saw at a hardware store...beautiful stuff, not the typical pattern.) but are there any materials I should stay away from because of heat and such? Also, what is the cover made of? Is it hard to cut?
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Those actually look pretty good if made correctly. I saw one on a GTP that looked like crap in person, but looked good in pics, because it was made poorly. Personally, I like them better without any cover at all, and they do stay cooler better with no cover (and you kind of can't have a cover with an IC) but if you are going to keep the cover on, that is the way to do it.
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Although it looks like mesh, the correct term when purchasing is 'expanded metal'...you specify thickness (14 gauge?) and expansion size (diamond hole diameter...3/8"). The best way to cut it is a cold chisel and hammer, use a board underneeth and you dont have to hit that hard, cut in the same direction then flip over and tap the curled edges flat. Grinders tend to catch the wire edges and messes them up and wire cutters leave a very sharp edge and a soar hand.
I have 4X8 sheets of various sizes at work, we use them for making gaurds. No chrome however lol
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Although it looks like mesh, the correct term when purchasing is 'expanded metal'...you specify thickness (14 gauge?) and expansion size (diamond hole diameter...3/8"). The best way to cut it is a cold chisel and hammer, use a board underneeth and you dont have to hit that hard, cut in the same direction then flip over and tap the curled edges flat. Grinders tend to catch the wire edges and messes them up and wire cutters leave a very sharp edge and a soar hand.
I have 4X8 sheets of various sizes at work, we use them for making gaurds. No chrome however lol
Steel sucks. Just buy the aluminum mesh used for leaf control on raingutters. It cuts with scissors.
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Alright you guys, you talked me into trying it out. Have to see what kind of mesh I can come up with. Dbkt2 got me thinking though, I want an Intercooler, spring time it'* going in. All that hard work on the cover will be gone in couple of months. Oh well, I'm still going to do it anyways during my two weeks off due to tonsule removal. Maybe once I get the IC, some one will want to buy here. Don't think it will be a problem with you people
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I like the first one you have a picture of
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I may not do the engine cover for a while (hoping for a Dremel Kit for the B-Day or Xmas) but I think I figured out how to close up them holes in the air dam to prevent further radiator damage. Some of that mesh painted black would look good under there!
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Interesting, never thought of that. I'll have to look into it too.

I've got a couple car projects coming up during my two weeks off of work.
1. Customized Engine Cover
2. Install Intense shift kit
3. Work on the stereo system, more dynamat and tuning. (hunt for rattles)
4. Go to the track.
5. Go on vacation and drive 500 miles in my car.
6. Reminds me, Oil change time.

Probably going to go to Union Grove raceway. There open 5 days a week to the public. Haven't been there yet but looking forward to it.
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