2002-2005 Thunderbird Engine Shroud Cover Removal

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I think if Ford thought it might help they would have not put one on in the first place. LOL
Yes but help with what... Aesthetics for example. According to sources like Stack Exchange, the covers reduce engine noise and protect the engine from dust, debris, etc, while adding a cleaner look to the engine bay.
 
How noisy is it compared to the stock one. I have an extra on I picked up years ago but it’s NOS and I’m not sure I want the district it. Or sell sell it. Or just look for one with the paint worn off. Or,? Lol
 
I will say this, with it removed, it does look like you actually have a V8 under the hood. With the shroud on, it looks likes you have an electric shaver under your hood.

That said, still keeping it on. I'm losing 4 thunderbird logos on my car when I have after-market wheels installed next week. I don't want to lose a 5th logo by removing the shroud.
 
No for sure you would not want to loose another Ford Orr Thunderbird logo. There is only about 24 places on a stock Retro where you either see Ford or Logo.

About the engine cover when everyone was attempting to troubleshoot why the COPs were failing some thoughts were it was from heat & removing the cover would help . Then no cover or customizing came into the picture. Both ideas seem to have gone away.
 
No for sure you would not want to loose another Ford Orr Thunderbird logo. There is only about 24 places on a stock Retro where you either see Ford or Logo.
Good point, if you include the interior logos. Still, shroud is staying on, I've seen no real solid reason to remove it.

I do like what this TBird owner did, paint the shroud to match his car.....



But as I mentioned in another thread, I'm going with the midnight black theme. My shroud is already black. I suppose I could have it painted gloss black to match the body. Maybe I will throw that idea onto the bottom of my wish list.
 
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You like any other owner should do exactly what pleases you & not give a hoot what others think is right/wrong, good/bad.
Of course, that goes without saying.

I'm just saying I like the idea of painting the shroud my body color, but for now, that project is shoved way down on the wish list. I'm more interested in exterior and interior mods than engine dress up. Good chance that under the hood will always remain factory. I did the whole engine detailing with a Mustang I had a few years ago. No big desire to do that all over again, I had my fun with that sort of project with the Mustang......



Btw, I sold that a few years ago to my nephew. 16 years old, his first car. A GT I converted to a Steeda Mustang....sorta.
 
Hope your nephew keeps it as nice as these two photos. To me it is GREAT!
Unfortunately, no. He treats it like crap. Those beautiful Helo 20 inch mags were practically all black from dirt and grime, when I saw it at a recent family gathering. Wish I never sold it to him, and sold it to someone who appreciated the work put into it. I had it lowered with Eibach springs. BBK cold air intake. Flowmasters. Nitto tires. Steeda rear spoiler and Steeda front air dam. A custom painted fiberglass dash. Billet front and back grilles. Billet trim throughout the interior. But none of that means a thing to that kid.

 
Unfortunately, no. He treats it like crap. Those beautiful Helo 20 inch mags were practically all black from dirt and grime, when I saw it at a recent family gathering. Wish I never sold it to him, and sold it to someone who appreciated the work put into it. I had it lowered with Eibach springs. BBK cold air intake. Flowmasters. Nitto tires. Steeda rear spoiler and Steeda front air dam. A custom painted fiberglass dash. Billet front and back grilles. Billet trim throughout the interior. But none of that means a thing to that kid.

Where’s the bird
 
I can't imagine the rationale for removing original pieces off an otherwise pristine car....such things tend to get lost and are hard to replace with OEM parts. I wish the previous owners of my 63 Corvette hadn't been so prolific in removing one-year-only parts that I've had a fit replacing..
 
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