James Jetton wrote: > Did you notice the paint on the hood? Good example of why the hood pad is so > important, the heat from the turbo has really done a number on it.
My '83 300D Turbo hasn't had a hood pad in years. The paint is oxidized but doesn't have any heat damage. In the cool, rainy weather we're currently having here in Seattle, rain will steam off the hood if I'm in stop and go traffic for a while, though. If the turbo got hot enough to cook paint off an unprotected hood, no one's air cleaner would have any paint left! :)