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Old 12-28-2006, 04:15 PM
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Hood Repair

The hood on my '64 is eaten up with rust and is not repairable. I know this because some other schmoe has tried several different ways of repairing it to no avail. However, the majority of the hood is in great shape...NO dents.

I just got a junkyard hood with a great front lip, but it has a few dents on the flat spots and body line. I am intending to use the new-old hood by repairing the dents, but I hate wasting the good part of my hood.

Have any of you guys tried to cut and weld a good front onto the main body of another hood? It seems like it could work, but there ain't no turning back if I start hacking on the two hoods I got. Any thoughts?
 
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Old 12-28-2006, 04:37 PM
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It can be done, but it will require much more body work than just repairing the junkyard hood.....and the inside of the hood that is patched together would for sure have alot of noticeable welding and extra braces
 
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Old 12-29-2006, 07:30 AM
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Pokey, I have the exact same thing. An unrusted donor hood with massive dents on the top and a perfectly straight hood rotted completely along the front. A seam weld like that is extremely difficult to do without warping the hood or making an unsightly seam. You need to find a really skilled welder, probably at a restoration shop, who does such panel repairs frequently.
 
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Old 12-29-2006, 07:51 AM
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I think you guys have confirmed what I was thinking and what others have said. I will monitor for any other ideas, but I think restoring the junkyard hood is the way to go.

Thanks for the insight.
 
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