Sometime over the winter I stumbled on
this company on eBay selling really cool
hood liners for the TR6. The outfit is called The
928 Leather Shop and they obviously specialize in doing
leather work for the Porsche 928. Poke around their
web site and
you'll get to see one of Jay Leno's cars that they
I don't know that you really need a
Hood Liner on a TR6, but I liked the look of it so I
ordered one a month or so ago. The installation was
quite easy but it does take two people to get the large
center piece in place. It would be much easier to
install on a hood that was off the car but I wasn't
about to take my hood off so......"Honey, I need you for
a few minutes".
NOTE: Read the directions and use
the correct adhesive to avoid what happened to me!.
After an hour of driving, I got home and popped the hood
to find the liner lying on the engine. I emailed Bob
Budd and he immediately responded with the possible
causes and the offer of a replacement liner. The problem
was my use of an adhesive that's not recommended in a
high heat situation. I used 3M Super 77 Spray Adhesive
while Bob only recommends 3M #80 (200o)
or #90 (160o) Spray Adhesive. The up
side of this mishap is that the liner sat directly on a
very hot engine and suffered no heat damage at all. This
stuff is tough! Time to go buy the recommended adhesive.
BTW...Bob Budd insists on replacing the hood liner with
a new one at no charge. I told him that the only
"damage" to the existing one was 2 small dents where it
rested on the thermostat and the valve cover nut but he
doesn't want any dented liner on my car! Now that's
great customer service.
POST POST NOTE:
So last week (7/21/07) before
leaving the VTR National Convention for the drive home I
check the oil, it's down a smidge and I've got a smidge
in one bottle. Top it off, check the level, toss the
bottle out and close the hood.
Drive for 2 hours up the Jersey Turnpike and the Garden
State Pkwy and stop for a break at a rest area. Pop the
hood to check on a small coolant leak I developed
and...........What the @$%#....there's oil
everywhere.....the hood liner is covered, as is the
engine bay.........and there sitting on the battery is
the oil filler cap smiling at me. What a mess. What a
dummy. Luckily it was all splatter and no quantity lost
as I didn't even have to add any oil. Anyhow, yesterday
I cleaned the engine bay and took the old hood liner
that fell off and covered a 10" circle with oil and let
it sit overnight. Today I hit the spot with "Greased
Lighting", wiped it up, rinsed with water and there's
absolutely no evidence of oil. So I did the same with
the liner on the car and it came out looking like new. I
couldn't believe it. Bob states on his site that they
WILL NOT absorb oil and they won't. Even the logo looks
My wife's only comment was...."at least it didn't happen
on the way TO the VTR Convention" :-) Got to love her.
|Here are the three pieces and
I didn't realize that the logo had to be
installed by me!
|The first thing you have to
do is trim the logo and peel off the backing.
|The next step is to get both
the liner and the logo really wet with a spray
This gives you some time to slide the logo into
position. Then you take a credit card and
squeegee out all the bubbles and water.
|Once everything is nice and
dry, grab a corner of the covering paper and
peel the paper away from the logo. This is the
|You're going to be using a
product like 3M Spray Adhesive so cover
with tape and paper. If you do get some adhesive
on the paint it will come right off
with paint cleaner.
|Spray both the hood panel and
the liner panel with adhesive and CAREFULLY
two and press in to place. In this picture the
left panel is done and I've covered it to
protect from overspray.
|And here's the final result.
Chances are the liner panels will stretch a
little as you
install them but they're easily trimmed with a