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01-04-2013 12:42 PM
Mr.Bergner You'll be good, especially with heat shields.

I knew this thread was old when I saw the avatar of Tyrone Biggums
01-04-2013 01:16 AM
Originally Posted by warneej View Post
Is the heatshield intact? I run an uncoated race header which produces an astronomical amount of heat (especially when compared to the factory manifold) and have had zero issues with paint on the underside or top of the hood.
Heat shield is intact. All stock under the hood.
01-03-2013 11:25 PM
sleepyboy Back in the day when I was running the shorty header on my car, it would get so hot that when it rain the rain would sizzle. Still looks the same after all these years, well besides the years of chips from rocks that is lol. Your hood will be fine.
01-03-2013 11:02 PM
warneej Is the heatshield intact? I run an uncoated race header which produces an astronomical amount of heat (especially when compared to the factory manifold) and have had zero issues with paint on the underside or top of the hood.
12-31-2012 10:43 PM
I thought it was worth reviving this old thread.

Mine is a 2003 with 2.3 pzev and I'm getting a cracking/spitting of the paint above the exhaust manifold. I believe that insulation would have avoided this.
It's been garaged since I got it new and the paint is immaculate everywhere else. The small cracks are too small to show up on photos or I would have posted some.
11-01-2003 02:46 PM
Egz I like mine without the liner too.

11-01-2003 01:00 PM
teddyrob by racer i just mean it looks bare bones and light. the way its all skeletonized looks cool.
11-01-2003 10:15 AM
fokuzsport a racer?
11-01-2003 10:12 AM
01CobaltTiburon Here's my 2 cents on this subject.

The PZEV may run hot, but there is no way that it can rut hot enough, under normal conditions, to cause any damage to the paint on the hood, even long term.

I used to have a '94 Mercury Sable that had a severe overheating experience, and I mean SEVERE, like, just short of catching fire. It was a 108 degree day one summer and the water pump gave out. I was in the middle of nowhere, with no cell phone, and someone else's kid in the car with me... so I continued driving to the nearest gas station, which was like 6 miles. (I should also mention that the car was under an extended warranty) By the time we got there, the cooling system was dry as a bone, and the heat coming off the engine was unbelievable. It ended up warping the aluminum heads, etc etc. My point is... even with this kind of extreme heat, the only damage done to the paint was a dime sized area directly over the engine that kind of did that paint cracking thing. It wasn't even noticeable unless you knew it was there.

So I seriously doubt that one of these engines is going to cause any kind of damage to the paint on your hood because of a lack of insulation, at least not without some kind of engine malfunction first. So just relax. If Ford thought it needed insulation, it would have provided insulation.
11-01-2003 08:54 AM
teddyrob mine has no hood padding and personally i think it looks awesome! it looks like a racer.
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