Rear Fender Cover While Working On The Engine

TROY SLOAN- I love to do my own work on the small stuff so that I can fix it if I have have problems on the road. Plus, I save money for the big stuff. 

SACTO MITCH- I'm using this idea right now with large clamps from harbor freight. The portion of the towel over the engine bay gets in the way and cutting it makes the whole towel flimsy. 

CRAIG- great idea; thick and may hold its shape better when I try to cut the material out hanging over the engine bay. Cheep enough to give it a try.

 

 

 

Michael, I really hadn't given this too much thought before you brought it up.

I usually just throw a towel down and done. But if you don't want it to move around or flop onto the engine, how about these simple clamps? Use them with any towel, shop rag, or whatever. Flipped back, there's nothing to stick out and snag on.

They're available in a million different sizes from, like, a quarter-inch wide to about four inches. These are about an inch and a half and seem to hold just fine.

Keep it simple, SOC.

 

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I remembered custom fender cover/cushions for 356s from when I was a kid so when I had my Pfaff sewing machine I made up three of them - two went to the Carlisle Raffles and I kept one.  

Basically, it is a big, flat, donut -shaped thing with a hole roughly the size of the engine cover.  Mine is made of black vinyl (easy to clean) and there is a cushion material on the car side of the same stuff as tool chest drawer liner (looks suspiciously like black carpet padding, which it is - wicked cheap at Bed Bath and Beyond (with a coupon)), and that is bonded to the vinyl with 3M upholstery adhesive.  

Putting it on takes all of two seconds to flip it over the opened engine cover and then the top of the donut is held in place by the cover, letting the bottom half just sit on the car, like this:

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Removing it takes about 2 seconds, too.  Unfortunately, I sold my commercial sewing machine and haven't made any since, but it's simple enough that anyone could do it.  You could even make it out of  some old towels and no clips needed!

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MusbJim posted:

@Michael B (aka bluespeedster SoCal) Mike, SOCer Terry Nuckels has a fender protector similar to the link provided by GRA. Looked to be perfect protection for the car while working in the engine compartment.

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I think that is a decent price for that item!  

I made that. I bought a bunch of vinyl and felt. Made a template with butcher paper, cut and glued the vinyl pieces together. Used spray adhesive to attach the felt to the back of the vinyl. The "condom" is held in place with tonneau snaps.

I agree with Jim, that's a very fair price for that fender cover!

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