How To Build an Engine Cover

Engine covers can be built or fabricated from numerous raw materials and composite materials such as sheet metal, aluminum, polymers and water-resistant fabrics. The type of engine cover that’s best will depend on the express need for a cover or the particular desire one has for covering an engine.

For example an engine that may be subject to excessive dew moisture would not be served by a metal or possibly even a polymer cover. This may be an instance where a fabric is seamed in a way to make a cover that protects the intakes and fuel dispersal systems such as carburetors as well as the ignition systems within the engine compartment.

Basic engine protection is a worthwhile consideration for gas and electric powered gardening tools such as mowers and trimmers. These tools are often subject to dust and moisture and covering will add to the reliability of the engine as well as reduce the maintenance and filter replacements. Fabric is easy to fit and trim before seaming and the stitching can be done by hand or on a machine. A hearty seaming thread may be either polymer based line or lightweight cord.

Covers for large industrial equipment engines such as those in tractors and earth moving equipment can be fabricated from aluminum or sheet metal. These covers can be configured to the specific engine configuration by means of a template made from lightweight poster board or other easily sized material. The seams can be welded or riveted. These materials can also be contoured to conform to most any engine configuration with the use of a bender or panning machine.

Metal and aluminum covers can also be finished in epoxy type paints to add design styling to the engine compartment. The design possibilities in this regard are virtually endless. Metals can be swirl finished, polished, distressed or smooth coated depending on the desired appearance in cases where the engine may be shown in competitions or simply on display.

The same holds true with fabric based covers. The selection of fabrics and the styles of stitching and seaming are again almost endless. Stencils can be cut and the fabric covers can feature a logo or a business name and even a personal moniker. This is done prior to seaming the cover in order to ensure a uniform design loge or name.

Polymer covers require a more extensive fabricating operation however the selection of composites and colors can result in a completely unique cover that will be attractive as well as functional. Again a template should form the configuration of the covers and the molding and heating process done by qualified crafts people.

Purchasing materials and the necessary tools and accessories needed to fabricate and assemble engine covers can be accomplished on line or by visiting distributors and material outlet stores.


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