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I am reworking an old K-2 Cab in pretty bad shape. The engine cover is missing and I need to make a new one and I'm not sure what material to use? Because it will be on/next to the motor it (IMO) needs to resist heat! I have been looking at using a welding blanket like the one on E-Bay, Item 330520965401
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... K:MEWAX:IT
which has a temperature Rating: 1800 F. Its not cheap but I don't want my hard work to go up in flames ( especially if I'm sitting in the middle of it!) :sidelaugh: :sidelaugh: :sidelaugh:

I would like to know what others have used and how it worked for them.
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You are going overboard on this issue. Anything that would withstand 200 F max would be more than adequate. In other words, any sort of canvas type material that is used for convertible tops on boats or cars should do the trick . After all, these engine covers do not sit directly on the exhaust system. Check your local Yellow Page directory for companies in the "pop top" business and talk with them. Take them a sample of your old cover. These guys make all kinds of stuff for people. Even the material used to make covers for BBQ's should be fine. There are also materials that are flame-retardant. Yes they will burn but if the open flame is removed, they will self-extinguish.
 

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Tom's right. My original is pretty torn up but it's still made of a plasticy canvas type material.

It won't get anywhere near close enough to melt or catch fire. Most of the heat that you think is coming off the engine under the hood is from the exhaust anyway.
 

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Donkman said:
I found a website that will make a canvas tarp when I'm ready.
I'm all for the conveniences of e-commerce, but have you checked your local yellow pages under "awnings", "canvas" or "upholstery"? You may have a local business that can produce exactly what you want for less than you might imagine.
 

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Rob_P said:
Donkman said:
I found a website that will make a canvas tarp when I'm ready.
I'm all for the conveniences of e-commerce, but have you checked your local yellow pages under "awnings", "canvas" or "upholstery"? You may have a local business that can produce exactly what you want for less than you might imagine.
I agree. Also look for marine canvas shops as they make boat covers/convertible tops and are used to fitting things without patterns/measurements. It would be best to just take the tractor/cab to the shop and let them make it to fit. One improvement I would want over the OEM version is the use of Velcro instead of metal snaps to hold the flap beneath the windshield in place. I'd also consider some clear vinyl panels on the sides to improve visibility down low.
 

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I like that idea of taking it to a local upholstery place and letting them measure it to suit. There is one about 7 miles from my house, when I get this completed and mounted on my tractor I'll give them a call. Maybe them will even come over here for the measurements!
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While any place that does upholstery should be able to do the job, my preference would be for a marine upholstery shop since they will most likely have the needed materials on hand in the scrap bin. A furniture upholsterer will have to order the materials and that will probably double the cost.
 
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