: Engine Cover?



STS127
01-08-07, 01:28 PM
Is it necessessary to have the engine cover on. I was thinking about taking it off but was not sure if it served a purpose. I think its probably just on there to dress up the engine and reduce noise but does it hold anything in place or protect anything?

eldorado1
01-08-07, 02:08 PM
It is a structural load bearing member on your engine. If you remove it, your engine WILL collapse.

... or not.

I removed mine years ago.

Submariner409
01-08-07, 04:32 PM
:canttalk: I'd be willing to bet that the cover represents a marketing decision for the "Cadillac/Luxury/Plush/Clean/Elegant" target owner who would die of heart failure if he/she saw all those nasty pipes and wires.............much less touch a gas cap.

Ranger
01-08-07, 05:48 PM
It's mostly for appearance. It might also be some sound insulation for the fuel injectors, but I seriously doubt that you'll hear any difference.

codewize
01-08-07, 06:08 PM
There's some hoses and stuff under there that will be more susceptible to damage without it, such as the vacuum line for the secondary air injection system, which seems to come off pretty easily.

What's the point in taking it off?

GreenMachine
01-08-07, 06:38 PM
I wanted just the opposite, my has lost its perfect silver finish and is slightly discolored in spots, was wondering where I could get a new one, maybe something to touch it up.

Was thinking of actually spraying it to match the cars body color, leaving the center logo intack and maybe putting the 32V Northstar V8 letters in Cadillac script.

eldorado1
01-08-07, 09:25 PM
What's the point in taking it off?


Looks better without it. Like an LS1. "Less pretty", "More mechanical". Take your make-up off my car....... :bighead:

denscor
01-08-07, 10:08 PM
My LS1 has a cover!

GreenMachine
01-09-07, 12:20 AM
I think he is refering to them showing the top of the intake, with just enough to cover up the dirty stuff......

but really, when you buy a Cadillac its all about looking good, clean, and smooth, with a Corvette, Camaro, Firebird, etc your buying stickly a car ment to go fast..may as well buy a V8 Camaro and blow the doors off all the caddy's if thats what your after :P

If it wasn't for so much snow in buffalo I would think long and hard about getting something other than my dad's caddy (literally is his until sometime this summer when I get it for paying the down payment on a used one for him) nothing would bring a bigger smile to my face than a manual V8 Camaro or Mustang :)

Just a matter of opinion I guess, whats yours is yours, mine is mine, to each his own.

Mountie
01-09-07, 02:56 AM
I wanted just the opposite, my has lost its perfect silver finish and is slightly discolored in spots, was wondering where I could get a new one, maybe something to touch it up.

Was thinking of actually spraying it to match the cars body color, leaving the center logo intack and maybe putting the 32V Northstar V8 letters in Cadillac script.

I beadblasted my inj. cover & cam covers, got Dupli-Color's Self-etching primer ( remember it's magnizium), used Dupli-color engine enamel & then clear. It turned out great.

I left the lettered Northstar 32 valve trim plate alone...I could not find a replacement decal ( I don't think they have them )

It's been a year, and the paint is still perfect.

Mountie
01-09-07, 03:05 AM
Is it necessessary to have the engine cover on. I was thinking about taking it off but was not sure if it served a purpose. I think its probably just on there to dress up the engine and reduce noise but does it hold anything in place or protect anything?

There are expensive but REAL TRICK custom covers available at Hot Rod Cadillac. Thet also have a cam cover that is shaped more like the stock style also...... still buffed aluminium though.

VinnyT
01-09-07, 08:43 AM
I beadblasted my inj. cover & cam covers, got Dupli-Color's Self-etching primer ( remember it's magnizium), used Dupli-color engine enamel & then clear. It turned out great.

I left the lettered Northstar 32 valve trim plate alone...I could not find a replacement decal ( I don't think they have them )

It's been a year, and the paint is still perfect.

Hey Mountie, how does your Caddy start without the battery hooked up??? Must be one of those new WiFi enabled batteries. I need one. :histeric:

GreenMachine
01-09-07, 09:22 AM
Some of the "multipurpose" batteries have posts on top and the sides.

Thanks for the info regarding the paint.

VinnyT
01-09-07, 09:47 AM
I know, it was just a joke..:p

GreenMachine
01-09-07, 10:53 AM
well it was a dumb one, very poorly executed

end ironic statement.

codewize
01-09-07, 11:10 AM
I don't think you'll win any awards that way.


Looks better without it. Like an LS1. "Less pretty", "More mechanical". Take your make-up off my car....... :bighead:

chazglenn3
01-10-07, 09:30 PM
I wanted just the opposite, my has lost its perfect silver finish and is slightly discolored in spots, was wondering where I could get a new one, maybe something to touch it up.

Was thinking of actually spraying it to match the cars body color, leaving the center logo intack and maybe putting the 32V Northstar V8 letters in Cadillac script.

I got a brand new one on eBay for $50 shipped.

GreenMachine
01-11-07, 12:59 AM
I've seen the 2006 covers on e-bay, other than being large, I would think it would work, might not beacuase of coil on plug not having the coil pack to work around, hmm. It goes right over the whole engine covering the cam covers and all, don't know if that would effect engine cooling.

chazglenn3
01-11-07, 03:42 AM
I doubt it would effect engine cooling, but I also doubt that you could make it fit. Here is the link to the cover I bought. The seller was listing them many times, so maybe he still has some to sell. It wouldn't hurt to ask him.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=009&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&viewitem=&item=190060863825&rd=1,1

caddydaddy
01-16-07, 08:27 PM
I installed a newer style cover on my 2000 STS. I believe it's a 2003 or 2004. It looks much better!