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Old 04-11-2004, 09:35 PM
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Underhood Appearance

What do you guys think about the appearance of modern powerplants? I think the LS1, etc looks like a mess under the hood and is an asthetic turn off. What ever happened to chrome? What ever happened to trinkets that just dress it up. Nowadays it's tubes and coil packs covering up your muscle motor making it look like the plumbing under your house.

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Old 04-11-2004, 11:02 PM
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death of our generation, the birth of the next. While I don`t have anything against engine improvements. I do have something again cars looking like they should fly, were not in the space age completely, cars have been ugly since they started spaceizing them, imagine what they`ll look like 20 years from now?
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Old 04-12-2004, 12:42 AM
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yea ... all that plastic and tubing can look prety cheesy ... but dress it up right and slap on a super and you get this instead ... muuuuuch nicer ... polish and apint some other stuff and youve got an engine nice enough to win some shows ... but i admitt its not that same as an all chome set of carbs on top of a 6-71 feeding a billit accessorized 454 chevy


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Old 04-12-2004, 06:47 AM
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I agree, function before form is gonna look dumb. Most folks in my generation don't even know what an engine looks like. They probably have never seen under a hood in their lives.



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Old 04-12-2004, 07:09 AM
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I agree to an extent, but some of them do have a hint of sport look to them. For example the 5.3 vortec in my silverado clearly shows the bare aluminum heads and the intake is almost tunnel ram like. It is very tall when compared to carb type intakes. I think with some wire rerouting and COP reloation it would look kindof mean. Add some chrome covers and a set of ceramic headers and it would look really good in an old classic car. I think that the LS1's in the camaros can also look nice if they get a good cleaning. Moving the COP's from the valve covers also would help alot.

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Old 04-12-2004, 09:36 AM
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This is what I like to see -- and the car is driven at least 100 miles per week... This week alone it was driven 167 miles.

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to much chrome for me i like the look of polished and brushed aluminum. and the excesive oil leak from the intake manifold. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!
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I agree. I much rather see a nice clean engine sitting under the hood of a car than tubes, hoses, wires, etc.
It seems alot of (so far i think its mostly the mid/higher end sports cars/sedans) new cars even have freaking engine covers! If I pop the hood open on my dads G35X, what you see is black plastic pretty much all around the parimeter of the engine bay (Covering EVERYTHING, INCLUDING THE BATTERY), then a black and silver plastic cover over pretty much the rest of the engine.
All the other stuff you see is just wires and hoses and cables!
I'm gonna try and get my dad to take the engine cover off it. LOL


Also, with the LS1's and LT1's, the engine is tucked soooo far back it seems.....wouldnt want to own one, wonder how long a spark plug change would take. LOL
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After staring under the hood of my 85 Caprice for the last 3 years I think under the hood of any new car looks pretty damn good. There's so many vacuum lines and smog pump related stuff you can barely see my valve covers. Makes changing valve cover gaskets a fun job.


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Old 04-12-2004, 01:59 PM
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ugh. Thats what i gotta do with the caddy. Change the valve covers. Shall be a fun job INDEED.
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It just depends on how you look at it. Is the glass half empty or half full? An enterprising young man could start making custom chrome parts for say a hydrogen vehicle, or billet battery cover plates and rear wheel skirts for your electric vehicle, or flux capacitors for................ yea, it doesnt look so good for us traditionalists.
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Old 04-12-2004, 02:18 PM
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by 2-manytoyzs
It just depends on how you look at it. Is the glass half empty or half full?

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It just depends on how you look at it. Is the glass half empty or half full?
if its a new glass, made in detroit, it REALY doesnt matter if its half empty or half full ... its got a flat black cover over it thats held in place by cheap plastic screws to make the glass look more pleasing to the eye on days that u have the cupboard open
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Honestly, I don't like an engine full of chrome. I like a nice balance, like wrinkle finish valve covers, braided black high pressure hose, black or chrome fittings, paint, aluminum, I like utility over appearance I suppose. I think all the new engine covers are just to keep newer, less auto-literate, buyers from worrying about getting a car because of the confusion under the hood. Stuff like that.
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