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Engine cover panel replacement - wood or metal? where to source?


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I'm in need a new engine cover board. Replacing due to current wood one started getting water ingress and completely deteriorated.
 
Looking for suggestions / opinions on whether to get a metal one or another wood one, and where to source.
 
Cheers!
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If you get a steel one if is likely to be heavier than a phenolic ply one and, at some inconvenient engine speed,  will rattle unless you put rubber on the mounting frame.

 

Aluminium cheque plate is available , but is very expensive and will also rattle at some speed.

 

 

 So,  go with the buffalo.

 

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We used hexaboard and sealed the edges with several layers of black exterior paint. We also bonded rubber sheeting to the underneath. This has made a big difference in cutting down noise and vibration from the engine hole. We've noticed a slight increase in engine heat as we've made the hole a bit less leaky, but still well within tolerance. 

 

 

 

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