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70blue 02-16-2007 05:44 PM

Smack!!!
 
I was heading to town today and my hood flew up. All I could see is my hood in my windshield. Shook my wife up a little bit. My hinges are toast. Hood is damaged more than likely repairable though. I won't bother repairing hood if I can find a decent one in salvage yard. I am even tempted to order one of the fiberglass ones to save weight. I guess I will be riding around like a redneck with no hood for a couple days.:-missingt

3broncocrazy 02-16-2007 06:07 PM

Good thing you could bring 'er to a stop without hitting someone or something..Glad to hear ya'll are OK
Ram air time:) or redneck ram air now:)

70blue 02-16-2007 06:15 PM

I could go ram air but I think the truck breathes fine without it. Plus with my open style breather element a ram air setup would likely cause carb icing. If i go with a plain raceweight fiberglass hood I will loose alot of weight up front. It would never rust either. I just don't know if I can justify the 400 bucks plus shipping when metal hoods are 40 bucks at the salvage yard.

3broncocrazy 02-16-2007 06:19 PM

It would have to be the 40 for me...And when you pull the part, the hinges stay on the hood:)

70blue 02-16-2007 06:29 PM

Yep as much as I want to lighten my truck money is not abundant at the moment. I am still half tempted though.

3broncocrazy 02-16-2007 06:37 PM

I hear ya. It sure would lighten it a good bit changing to the fiberglass. The mustang has a fiberglass, and it has a few chips starting in the front...o well. Better than rust i guess.

SuperSnake 02-16-2007 06:59 PM

Glad y'all are ok. Shame about your truck.Have you tried US Fiberglass to look for a lightweight hood?

70blue 02-16-2007 07:08 PM

I sure have. US body source is the only supplier I know of. I have drooled over their fiberglass body parts many times. I just wish they sold beds for my model. Would be sweet to have a 67-72 style truck weighing well under 3000 pounds. I can dream can't I.:)

SuperSnake 02-16-2007 07:10 PM

Makes me wonder how hard it would be to make your own bed out of fiberglass?

70blue 02-16-2007 07:15 PM

If I could do fiberglass work I would have made myself a sweet little t-bucket long ago. I suppose someone who knew what they were doing could easily make the bed.

SuperSnake 02-16-2007 07:18 PM


Originally Posted by 70blue
If I could do fiberglass work I would have made myself a sweet little t-bucket long ago. I suppose someone who knew what they were doing could easily make the bed.

I would love to have a T myself but I would have to make it myself since I'm so tall. I'll ask one of our NC chapter members how hard it would be he makes small body parts for his truck out of fiberglass and you can't tell it.

70blue 02-16-2007 07:21 PM

I appreciate that. Dunno when I will have the time or dollars to build a full fiberglass truck. Its gonna happen some day though.

3broncocrazy 02-16-2007 07:46 PM

I wonder if you could use the body parts as a mold, then make the new part....

70blue 02-16-2007 07:53 PM

I am just guessing at this because I have no knowledge of how fiberglass works. You may be able to do that. I think I could foresee an issue in removing it where it goes around corners. The reproduction peice would be slightly larger or smaller depending on whether you laid the glass on the inside or outside of part I would think. If your using fiberglass panels your not exactly worried about factory original anyway.

SuperSnake 02-16-2007 08:01 PM


Originally Posted by 3broncocrazy
I wonder if you could use the body parts as a mold, then make the new part....

I believe that is what he did.


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