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: i finally did it, fab. work pics inside

30th October 2008, 10:39 PM
i've been meaning to do this for quite some time, and now that i have my car all apart replacing the trans and little things here and there. i finally got a chance to do it. took me a little less than an hour and a half from a drawing to the finished product. made it from a piece of stainless laying around the shop. then gave it a brushed look with a scotch-brite pad.

so what do you guys think?


30th October 2008, 10:40 PM

30th October 2008, 10:49 PM
that looks freaking awesome!!!
i want to see the final pic with installed it!!!

31st October 2008, 09:30 AM
That is the worst looking, biggest piece of crap I have ever laid eyes on. You should be ashamed of yourself for even considering putting that hideous piece of garbage on your fine Swedish automobile.

Please take it off and send it to me via UPS next-day air immediately for disposal

I will PM you with my address. :cheesy:

31st October 2008, 10:05 AM
Very cool and I think it looks great. Where do you work that has the equipment to bend metal and such? Are you going to wrap the manifold first? I would then ceramic coat that piece to match whatever color you want.

31st October 2008, 10:47 AM
This shield is too good for a Saab; what would the penny pinching GM accountants think ?
On a Duesenberg, the exhaust heat shield would be appropriate, two of them of course, slightly reshaped..:cheesy:

31st October 2008, 02:20 PM
Looks good man :D.

On a sceptical note though, do these actually reduce heat from the exhaust manifold into the engine bay?
I get the feeling that the heat will rise from the sides of the heat shield :roll:, which kind-of makes them pointless :o, true/false?

31st October 2008, 05:07 PM
true, it won't keep under hood temps down, but i made it primarily for cosmetic purposes, and there have been times when i would have liked to have a barrier between my hand and a burning hot mainfold.

i work in a sheet metal shop, we're constantly makingall kinds of things. i have minimal experience on the break, which allows you to bend the metal. but it's not difficult to operate.

thanks for the compliments guys. should have pics of it installed tomorrow.

31st October 2008, 06:57 PM
Looks good man :D.

On a sceptical note though, do these actually reduce heat from the exhaust manifold into the engine bay?
I get the feeling that the heat will rise from the sides of the heat shield :roll:, which kind-of makes them pointless :o, true/false?

On two 2.0 turbos that I owned, the insulation on the wires to the electric cooling fan was totally cooked from the heat of the turbo. I fabricated a heat shield from a piece of galvanized duct work that extended from the exhaust manifold down over the turbo. I had intended to make a prettier one from some stainless but the car was totalled before I got it done.
Yours looks like a class act! Good job.

31st October 2008, 08:28 PM
oops, clearance issues. i forgot the intake pipe sits pretty close to the manifold. and so the shield hits it. looks like i'll have to make a new one tomorrow.

31st October 2008, 10:02 PM
How much to make me one :)

31st October 2008, 10:06 PM
N I C E, I like it :D

1st November 2008, 12:59 AM
i suppose if people were seriously interested i could make a few more, once i have mine all figured out and put them on ebay. just so everyone has a fair chance at one

2nd November 2008, 09:14 PM
modified the shield and installed it yesterday

here are pics

2nd November 2008, 10:10 PM
I like it. :cool: Your turbo looks a tad rusty, though. :p

2nd November 2008, 10:47 PM
nah, not the turbo, the wastegate actuator. when i replaced the tdo4 i had to reuse it because the nipple on the new one was broken off. no big deal though.