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Old 08-14-2019, 09:01 AM   #1
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99 Fleetwood Pace Arrow Engine Cover Fell Off

Hello Everyone,

On my latest trip I lost the engine cover off the front of My Class A pace arrow , Iím calling it an engine cover because it is the cover that is screwed on under the drop down hood. ( wire mesh cover for the radiator and air intake ) .

It is fiberglass and luckily dropped from under the coach and slid across the highway at 75 mph. I did retrieve it a little worse for wear with some battle scars .
It was attached with two sheet metal screws on both sides into the fiberglass Body. I find this a little odd that it was not properly attached from the factory as there isnít any original mount post or items to secure it on better than this

I was hoping someone here might have a suggestion on how to reattach it as it looks like itís came off before, plus it is suppose to be removable for engine work.

How would you reattach it?? Someone said refiberglass the holes and redrill, I was thinking a through and through bolt with a wing nut. How is your attached??

Iíll try to get a picture loaded , I currently secured it with pipe stealing but that did not hold as thereís nothing sold to attach it to either .

Thanks anyone

( photo 1 is of the cover , photo 2 is position of cover , photo 3 is the multiple screw holes over the years , photo 4 is just of the front frame and my fancy zip tie work or for possible Remount locations )
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Old 08-14-2019, 09:05 AM   #2
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My apologies for my phones bright ideas out regards to auto correct / edit. I secured the piece with pipe strapping but will have to remove it for the trip home, I do not see anything solid under the hood to attach to permanently.

Thanks again any and everyone.
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Old 08-14-2019, 09:17 AM   #3
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I have the same Pace as you. This is called the grill. Fleetwood fiberglasses several pieces of wood into the front cap and screws the grill into the wood to hold it in place. Over time the wood disentergrates. When my wood disentergrated I epoxed new pressure treated wood into place and used stainless steel screws to keep it in place. For some reason the screws tend to work themselves loose and I have to retighten them yearly.
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In regards to removing the bad wood, is it best to cut it out or just add to whatís still there with another layer ?? To stop the screws from loosing would you suggest as I first mentioned to possibly carriage bolt into the wood to be expoxied to the front bumper/ nose and than do a locking wing nut or so onto the post to hold it??
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Old 08-15-2019, 05:43 PM   #5
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In regards to removing the bad wood, is it best to cut it out or just add to whatís still there with another layer ?? To stop the screws from loosing would you suggest as I first mentioned to possibly carriage bolt into the wood to be expoxied to the front bumper/ nose and than do a locking wing nut or so onto the post to hold it??
I cleaned all the old wood out of the cavity. I first epoxyed the wood in the cavity and applied some epoxy around the wood and fiberglass to keep it in place. To stop the screws from working loose I finally added a dap of epoxy to the screw threads and that stopped the loosening.
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