Tucked Bays

Discussion in 'Non Technical' started by Anti, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. Anti

    Anti 14.7 x 14.7 = 44.1

    Thought I'd put up some pics of engine bays that've served as a guide and/or motivation for my wire tuck

    tell me what you think!


    Obviously we've all seen this one a lot so I won't put up any more pics of it



    My favourite, Mike D's car. Not sure why I like it so much - messy in places, but just looks badass





    This one pulls it off I think due to no fan shroud


    Dub's car in another life


    What do we think of the A/M timing belt cover?

  2. Jordz

    Jordz Fashionably Late

    That last one is drop dead gorgeous....gahhh get me a kleenex. It good to see you have a good choice of inspiration. I eagerly await pics of your completed bay tuck, need aomething new to fap to :D
  3. waynoz

    waynoz New Member


    That is So ****ING NICCEE!!
  4. Anti

    Anti 14.7 x 14.7 = 44.1

    Here're some pics I just snapped:

    Updated since last weekend when the engine went out and HICAS fully removed



    obviously not finished but coming along well!
  5. aurnob

    aurnob aurnob

    damn didnt know wire tuck made such a big difference. isnt it a pain in the ass to work on though
  6. loud'n'proud

    loud'n'proud Challenge Accepted

    how often do you need to get to the wire half way down a harness?
  7. newz

    newz New Member

    Looks good without those red tubes.
  8. Mikezah

    Mikezah build thread incoming!


    Ever since you were talking about removing the fan shroud - I cant stand the look of them anymore haha. It seems like such a clunky design compared to other parts of the car and makes my eyes bleed

    just my two cents :p
  9. lidz

    lidz Well-Known Member

    can you believe he's pulled it to bits to make it better!

    that said not a fan of the timing belt cover...
  10. stumagoo

    stumagoo Active Member

    Looking good Anti..... I to am one of those not so enthusiastic about the visual aspect of the fan shroud.
  11. MagicMike

    MagicMike Moderator Staff Member

    Still looks like a dirty ass z32 engine bay Anti... When you going to do something with the plenum?
  12. lysergic

    lysergic PWRTRIP

    Thats what i was thinking.

    Its definitely starting to look neat. The plenum is critical on a zed though since its so in your face
  13. Anti

    Anti 14.7 x 14.7 = 44.1

    Chhyeah, tell me about it. I agree completely. With the gross looking old manifold you don't even notice that the top wires have been tucked... I hate the accidental blue and red theme the most.

    That's my spare manifold. I've got a smoothed plenum in my garage, which's there at the moment for further shaving since the tuck. Right next to it is a full set of cam covers, OEM boost pipework and smoothed water pipes. They'll all be going in for coating at the same time as my cam gears, hard pipes, balance tube and coil pack brackets. Planning on a professional cutback and polish of the bay as well which will help a lot.

    In the mean time I'm replacing the hard pipe couplers with black and painting the pipes themselves black. Then perhaps getting a photo which isn't shit house :p
  14. Jinxed

    Jinxed Moderator

    interestingly enough, in all but one of the cars posted above, they retain the throttle cover......
  15. Mikezah

    Mikezah build thread incoming!

    I think it really helps to bring everything together, gives the overall engine a much cleaner and balanced look.

    Have to wait and see what Anti does to his plenum though.. might look sweeeet
  16. Anti

    Anti 14.7 x 14.7 = 44.1

    Yeah! I found that really interesting too. I wouldn't have thought it was so popular.
    i sold my cover and grinded off the mounting points for it on the plenum. no thanks! i've got a "no covers" mindset to the tuck - it's half arsed to just put a cover on something on the bay when doing a tuck. It's cheating! hiding the wiring for the injectors/coil packs would be a piece of piss with a throttle cover! this extends to the timing covers, full width rad air guides, etc...

    I love the way the plenum draws in on itself, like a rib cage or the knuckles of two hands drawn in together. great curves, no need to hide it. I'll be coating a completely smoothed plenum, but the colour scheme only a few are clued in on...

    i find it really interesting what you think the throttle cover does for the bay. what would you like to see me do?
  17. ProckyZ89

    ProckyZ89 Senior Member

    I love the work in those engine bays - I mean all I've done is a loom tuck and Hicas delete and probably not to that extent.

    As for your plans anti keep at it it's coming along well.
    I sure at some stage I'll contact you for pointers ATM though I'm just trying to get mine to work again lol :p
  18. Jordz

    Jordz Fashionably Late

    Personally i think the cover actually completes the car. Its like a big finale to finishing an engine. Yeh chrome is a real eye catcher, but the way the plenum arms are shaped it draws the eyes to the centre of the block, and i think without that cover you are actually left wanting something and feeling that something is missing, like youre missing the last chapter to a book. Its like a keystone in a bridge, without it an engine bay looks unstable, like it will collapse inwards. But thats just my opinion...
  19. A-Bris-Z

    A-Bris-Z Carcraze

    Looks better, the cables are messy.
  20. A-Bris-Z

    A-Bris-Z Carcraze

    What about a battery relocation Martin?

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