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Has anyone tried making the coil-on-plug plate in acrylic

Posted by cano86, Oct 15, 2008

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  1. cano86

    cano86 Proven Member

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    I want to know if anyone has tried making their plate out of acrylic ### I was going to make one in steel but in the basement all I found was a thick sheet of acrylic around .5" and thought it'll look nice since am painting the valve cover dark green if anyone has pictures of one done in acrylic and wouldn't mind posting some thanks. I'll post pick after am done if I could do it thanks a lot

    I also wanted to thank everyone for their support in our car needs and for always being there thanks to all our DSM community.:thumb::dsm::talon::laser:
     

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    When I was at piper aircraft and they used to make their own windshields they had to pin them down to the mold before they stuck the acrylic in the oven,reason why was because the material would shrink and curl under heat.....so I would say try it but ya might run a risk of it maybe deforming from the engine heat....if it dont work use Plexiglas.
     
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    Thanks for your advise
     

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    dont the coils ground through the metal in the plate?
     
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    The coil is no problem I could run a small plate from the coils to the screws
     

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    polycarbonate would be a better choice. some offer a heat resistant grade. acryllic aka plexiglass is hard, absorbs heat, and does curl, bubble, crack, ect. if you do decide this, remember that when working with plastics, you can use the same tools as woodworking, router with same bits, table saw, skill saw, ect. be sure and at least chamfer the outside edges of whatever material you will be using, but like i said, poly would be best. (lexan product name, but you get the idea) you may experiment with both poly and acryllic with a lighter to see what each does, but i know that even .5" acryllic will bubble up and melt under a 60w normal house bulb 4 inches away. also, whatever material, make sure to get smoked as any plastic will discolor with heat, especially in a dirty engine bay.
     
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    Yeah, Lexan will hold up to it. See if you have a TAP Plastics shop in your town, they'll be able to steer you.

    You could engrave it with a sandblaster and stencils, too.
     

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    Thanks a lot for all your help I will be considering the LEXAN since I dont want to have to pull out a burnt acrylic cover.I knew you guys would help me thank you.
     

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    just remember, lexan is a company that makes polycarbonate. be sure to ask for poly, not lexan, you will be buying the name, not the product. ;)
     
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    Thanks
     

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