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Old 01-29-2014, 02:08 AM   #1
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Default Intercooler pipes are through the hood...literally.

As the title suggests, the circumstances of my MP62 intercooler setup I've had to put holes in my hood. I'm doing my build on the cheap and I used the pipes I had. So my question is this....how to cover the holes....I've been racking my brain to think of something I could rivet or bolt on that would match the shape of the pipes through the hood. I'd like to maintain a semi clean look. The holes are approximately 4-5 inches by 3 inches and I need about 2 inches of vertical clearance. Any suggestions? I have a second hood I'll modify carefully to suit whatever solution I/we come up with. Who has ideas? lol Thanks in advance

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How about a hood extractor vent over the entire area?

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Old 01-29-2014, 04:36 AM   #3
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Hmm hadn't seen that... that's an interesting idea. And a beautiful car. Any idea where one might procure one?
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lol.
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1. Sand area down to bare metal.
2. Close hood - seal hole by taping wax paper to hood, running it over pipes to create a "hill" of sorts. Hood should be able to open and close without significantly distracting this hill.
3. Secure a piece of flannel fabric over top of the wax paper hill. It does not need to be tight to the wax paper all around, however, it will lay directly on top of the wax paper at the peak of the hill. Pull flannel fabric taught and secure it to the hood. Not entirely sure how you will do this, but rivets might be an option.
4. Coat the flannel "hill" in fiberglass resin. Lay it on thick to coat the full outer layer of flannel. It's hard to get full penetration into the flannel with anything but professional resin - but don't worry about it. Just get a thick layer into the flannel. Make sure you get resin between the flannel and the aluminum hood. The resin will bond to the hood.
5. Lay two to three coats of fiberglass mat on top of the flannel. Work resin into each layer. Make sure each layer is slightly larger than the last for a smooth transition back to the aluminum.
6. Wait to dry
7. sand any obvious high points to knock them down, then body filler the **** out of it. Work with body filler and sander until you get a nice smooth shape.
7a. Optional: cut a hole in the area directly behind the pipe. This will be a low pressure area, your hood can now be an "extractor" hood!
8. Primer and paint.
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I would think the easiest, cleanest, and most cost effective way to make it look anywhere close to decent would be to just buy intercooler pipes that fit under the hood.
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I would think the easiest, cleanest, and most cost effective way to make it look anywhere close to decent would be to just buy intercooler pipes that fit under the hood.
or route current ones in a non-retarded fashion to fit without making the car look like fae fae had a field day with it
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But then bros, he has to buy a new hood! And that costs money.
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What would Jeffbucc say?
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I would think the easiest, cleanest, and most cost effective way to make it look anywhere close to decent would be to just buy intercooler pipes that fit under the hood.
Yes indeedy, however, I don't believe anyone ever made intercooler pipes that would fit, So I'd have to piece it together. I'd honestly prefer the holes in the hood. The only thing that *might* work are the pipes from the TDR kit, but there is no guarantee as the intercooler was not mounted in the same way that the TDR one is. Intercooler dimensions are different and the intercooler sits at a different height. So, just buying intercooler pipes that would fit is not really an option. A secondary reason for keeping the pipes where they are is radiator choice. With the TDR stuff, or I imagine anything that would actually fit, would limit my choice of aftermarket radiator. The only one that fits with TDR is the 525 dollar TDR radiator. Also not very cost effective.
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or route current ones in a non-retarded fashion to fit without making the car look like fae fae had a field day with it
I'm not sure what a non retarded fashion would really be. There isn't really another way to use the pipes I currently have. To get it to fit I just made some quick rough cuts. I note that I have another hood that I plan to use when I figure out a solution.
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I mean... i've seen countless over-the-radiator homebrew kits that didn't have this problem....
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there are plenty of people here that have "over the rad" ic routing that don't have gaping holes in their hood.

*edit: concealer beat me to it
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TDR kit lowers the radiator, drrrr.

Pretty easy to fit pipes over the radiator without cutting the hood. Also pretty easy to convert an over the radiator setup to an around the radiator setup with similar piping and couplers. I know, I've done it.

An extractor vent would cost money, and wouldn't be in the right place if you covered your pipes.

If you must keep the holes, I'd find some sheet aluminum, round them a bit with a sand bag and a hammer, and rivet them on for a slightly industrial look.

I did something similar to cover my hood latch hole in my radiator panel, but that's because I was bored and it easily replaceable for $50 at garage star. And it's normally hidden.

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TDR kit lowers the radiator, drrrr.

Pretty easy to fit pipes over the radiator without cutting the hood. Also pretty easy to convert an over the radiator setup to an around the radiator setup with similar piping and couplers. I know, I've done it.

An extractor vent would cost money, and wouldn't be in the right place if you covered your pipes.

If you must keep the holes, I'd find some sheet aluminum, round them a bit with a sand bag and a hammer, and rivet them on for a slightly industrial look.

I did something similar to cover my hood latch hole in my radiator panel, but that's because I was bored and it easily replaceable for $50 at garage star. And it's normally hidden.
Yes, I know the TDR lowers the radiator. Drr. This only allows for clearance for their pipes around their radiator. I've lowered my radiator in the same fashion.

I may try your idea with the sheet aluminum. I actually need to do the same thing you did. I have a cut out in my radiator panel for a latch which is no longer there. Aerocatches FTW
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there are plenty of people here that have "over the rad" ic routing that don't have gaping holes in their hood.

*edit: concealer beat me to it
Alright well cool. No clue where I'd find the pipes however.
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I mean... i've seen countless over-the-radiator homebrew kits that didn't have this problem....
I'm sure there is a way to do it. I was just using what I had. I wouldn't know where to come up with the correct pipes that would work with my setup.
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I'm not sure where I could find a different driver's side pipe.

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