Reply to "CMC Speedster Build Thread"

Jerod posted:
JB356SR posted:

Jerod I’m really enjoying the videos, great job! Just wondering , you have what appears to be a piece of vinyl covering the front of your engine compartment. Do you have any engine temperature issues?  Mine has a hole and a screen so the engine fan gets air. I’m thinking of dressing up the engine compartment with a 3 piece louvered stainless steel firewall kit from CIP. 

I haven’t had this car long enough to know about any temp issues. But I don’t think there will be any. I had a vintage speedster in the past which didn’t have the opening in the fire wall and it never had a temp issue. 

I was originally very surprised that the engine bay in these replicas are not sealed from the exhaust and outside air like a VW or Porsche. 

I was also very shocked the first time I looked under the vintage speedster and saw all the hardware store nuts and bolts, crude welds and square tubing. But I got over it and really enjoyed that car. I drove it a lot for about a year and then sold it. 

I’m glad you like the videos, thanks for watching. 

The engine area IS SUPPOSED to be sealed form the exhaust heat etc. There are a number of threads regarding this issue. One of our members has a template that will allow you to make the necessary pieces to seal it off completely....almost. The final gap is closed off with a bus seal. Use the search function to locate one of the many threads regarding this. Unfortunately I can not remember at this time who has the template. Maybe @Gordon Nichols or @Alan Merklin or @WOLFGANG or ???.

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