|My design of the engine cover support bracket|
|Preliminary sketches of the bracket|
|First prototype of the bracket|
|Second prototype, on top|
|Comparing first and second prototype with final bracket.|
I wanted to have the DMC logo featured on both sides. The initial idea was to have negative area of the D (or C, depending on which side you are looking at) as the hook. This is different from the DMC Louvre Brace design as the logo is negative and the have a notch cut of the D (or C) to allow for the engine cover latch.
Notice that my cut out area is not as deep as the 'crotch' of the D. I have stock louvre struts on my car. It is recommended that you get longer struts if you install the DMC Louvre Brace. This raises the louvre and allows the engine cover latch to hook on to the brace. The DMC Louvre Brace will not work with the shorter stock louvre struts. If I ever go with longer struts, I could cut a deep notch in my bracket.
|Need longer screws to install new bracket|
Big deal, right? Well, here is the interesting part. I figured they would not be over a dollar so, I used my last dollar to purchase the screws. Yeah, I do not carry that much cash on me. Anyway, the clerk gave me change. At first, I thought, "hey, cool quarter". A Fort McHenry back quarter...not that I know what Fort McHenry is...I guess I could Google it.
Then, I realized that the clerk also gave me a Buffalo nickel. These nickels were in circulation from 1916-1938 (I Googled that). I have no idea when this one was made as the front is almost totally worn away. Only a faint silhouette of the American Indian head and the text was totally worn away. You can see that the back is quite worn as well.
Remove old screws, put bracket in place, replace longer new screws, tighten nuts. Done
|Bracket holding up engine cover|
|Close up of the hook and latch|
The new bracket totally negates the Engine Cover Support Slide Block. Which is okay, since there is no more stress on the slide block and related assembly. Now the stress from the weight of the engine cover rests on the louvre, struts, and rear quarter panels. Again, this is acceptable since the louvres are reinforced with the strips.
If needed, I could always remove the bracket and go back to the slide block taking the weight. For now, I like my new bracket.
|View of bracket when louvres are closed.|