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Old 06-25-2015, 06:40 PM   #1
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E450 hot engine cover

Has anyone made or purchased an insulated cover for the dog house in their E450?
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Old 06-25-2015, 08:49 PM   #2
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We have a Yellow Lab who likes being close to us but the heat and noise upset him. I took .5 in ply, cut it to fit between the front seats, 2008 E450, and screwed it to supports so that the ply was level with the house floor up to the doghouse. I glued a old scrap of brown rug on top, it was a close match to the house rug as it turned out. On the bottom of the ply between the supports I glued blue foam insulation. No heat, noise is much, much less and dog now curls up between us for a good part of the trip. Draw back is that it makes it more difficult to slid out of the seats into the house.
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Old 06-25-2015, 08:57 PM   #3
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LOL! Our little dogs do the same! However we put a doggie bed between the seats and they're good. However that doesn't fix the wife's issue with the right side of the DH being hot...
We have been doing some reading and may try to insulate the engine side of the DH...
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Old 06-28-2015, 10:35 PM   #4
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Ok so we decided to try this....
We pulled out the factory insulation, then we used headliner glue and glued this insulation in and then replaced the factory insulation as it has a pretty heavy aluminum heat shield.....Click image for larger version

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Old 06-29-2015, 07:19 AM   #5
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Very much looking forward to hearing how your project worked out for reducing the heat and noise from the engine. What insulation did you use?
Great upgrade.

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Old 06-30-2015, 10:10 AM   #6
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For heat, some added insulation on the engine side works best. On one of my hot rods, I used the foil bubble wrap type on engine side and it works good.

For noise, the sound deadener material works real good and also provides some insulation value. Sound deadener is on passenger side, and is also good to put on the floor and firewall for best results. Sound deadener is dynamat or similar product, basically is a thick rubber/tar based material with adhesive on one side and foil backed on other.

See example of the sound deadener I put on my old MH:
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:07 PM   #7
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Thanks 38chevy454!
Yes I plan on doing the floor and the doors after reading a while on here and your project looked nice!!!
So the Wife went to an upholstery fabric store and they said this should work, so we put it in and put the factory insulation back in as well.
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That should help a lot. Basically keep the engine heat and noise from getting to the cover and floorboards. It will be much more comfortable for temp and hearing inside if you do the insulation and the sound deadener.
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:56 PM   #9
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Hey Ray in Ok, have you had a chance to try out the insulation project you did to the dog house? Did it eliminate the heat issue?
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Not yet going on a trip in about two weeks looks like a thousand or so miles round trip in the south in July! Should be a good test!!!! But I do need to get it to the alignment shop before we go and that should give some indication... Installed a Blue Ox Tiger Trak today hoping to eliminate some tail wagging!!! Will try to get pics of that up his weekend..


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I've done most everything else; traking bar, steering stabilizer, Firestone air lift springs. I have adjustable bushings I have to have installed for correct front end alignment. The heat issue is my last challenge. You can set the AC control on FLR to blow cool air downward and it helps a lot but doesn't eliminate the problem.
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Well I can tell you the engine noise coming through the cover is considerably less.... But I will know more in a couple days as it is about 20 miles to the alignment place....
When we get back I am going to insulate the floor and doors with a sound deadening/heat barrier material...
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Can you tell me exactly what your wife got at the upholstery fabric store. Just in case it works well I will have my wife do some shopping..
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LOL! She will call them next week and get the name we already talked about that!!!
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