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Old 09-01-2018, 12:49 PM   #1
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Craigslist Hood Repair

Let me start by saying...



Prior to this i have never touched fiberglass or body filler or anything. I went into this with minimal expectation.

Some of you may remember this thread.

http://www.njfboa.org/forums/showthread.php?t=67844

Now that the car is essentially done, i decided to work on this little side project.

Here are the pics of the damaged areas.

Pass Top Corner:


Driver Top Corner:


Front:


Passenger Side Chomp:


Started off by sanding down the hood completely bc that seems to be what people on discover channel start by doing.



All Sanded.



Wish i would have taken the time to take more photos of the proccess, but long story short i traced the corners of the stock hood, and cut out the shape in thick cardboard. Then wrapped it in plastic wrap. Taped that to the bottom of the hood and laid a few ****s of glass mat. I only used fiberglass on the Passenger corner and Shark Chomp, and just tog get back to the shape. The hood itself is very thin so body filler was used to fill the remaining. Mostly bc using fiberglass was like pulling teeth. If its up to me, ill never touch it again.

Anyway, Pics.






Those pics are after the first pass of filler and sanding. I did 3-4 passes of body filler and sanding until i thought it was good enough to be wrapped and not show.


Ended up looking like this. Perfect? Not even close. Good enough for a wrapped hood on a Skreet car? yaaaas.



Next step was fitting the Aerocatch hood pins.

I found a lot of people with F bodies end up using the hood bump stop tab things for the location of the hood pin pin, so i followed.



Bolted the hood on the car and got it aligned. Put some grease on the top of the pins and closed the hood to mark the location. Drilled a hole threw the hood as per instructions and then went online and printed out the template. They provide you with a website address in the box that gives you a template to print out for cutting.

Template.


Ended up covering both sides of the hood with painters tape so i can draw on it and make sure all measurements were correct so the pins were even on both sides.

I used a dremel tool to cut out the shape, Dropped in the latch assembly and marked the bolt locations. Then drilled them out.



Latch in place(its not sitting flush in the pic bc the curve of the hood. They are soft enough that when you bolt it down it forms to the curve mostly. )



Latch Latched in. Success.


Install Done !




Time to wrap

Again, other than the berger panel on my car i really have never wrapped anything crazy. Ive done 2 roofs before, but something so flat is easy. So again, going into this realizing i may end up paying someone to do this when i fail.



I ended up using 3 seperate pieces to do the hood. And it wasnt as challenging as i thought, but then i did make some mistakes. So meh.

Shadow Black Digi Camo for the cowl, which matched the berger panel.


Now this is were i made of my mistakes. I underestimated how much the vinyl would show threw upon overlaying it. As i said i did it in 3 pieces. Center, Driver and Passenger. I did the passenger side first to see how it would cover the chomp. and it does well. However you can see a line from the camo under the satin black. Ill prob grab another section of satin black and redo the passenger side. But good enough for now.

To prevent that from happening on the passenger side, i grabbed some knifeless tape and laid it were the vinyl will but up. So there is a very small overlap, and its right on the seam. Practically invisible.



All done.




Mounted up, still need to align. But as you can see it started to rain so i will prob do that today.


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Old 09-01-2018, 02:13 PM   #2
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Nice industrious work. Now all it needs are some FIREHAWKBEAR decals
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Old 09-01-2018, 05:32 PM   #3
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awesome job dude. for the areas that you didn’t use fiberglass you just used body filler and sanded right?

i got a steal on an ss hood and the fiberglass is cracking on two parts. thinking of trying to fix it myself.
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Old 09-01-2018, 08:53 PM   #4
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awesome job dude. for the areas that you didnít use fiberglass you just used body filler and sanded right?

i got a steal on an ss hood and the fiberglass is cracking on two parts. thinking of trying to fix it myself.
Yes sir. The body filler wasnít bad to work with
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Looks good dude. Did you put edge glue down at the seams or for the wrap going around the sides? Or **** itttttttt
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Looks good dude. Did you put edge glue down at the seams or for the wrap going around the sides? Or **** itttttttt
I didnít think of that till after I got done but I ended up ordering seam sealer along with another piece of black to redo the pass side
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Nice job. What brand wrap did you use and where did you get it from. I might give this a try on my fiberglass, primed hood.
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Nice job on the hood!
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Looks good, love the latches.
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Nice job. What brand wrap did you use and where did you get it from. I might give this a try on my fiberglass, primed hood.
I got all my vinyl from metrorestyling.com. I used Avery vinyl.


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Nice job on the hood!
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Looks good, love the latches.

Thank you sir, they were a pain but better than the old school style ones I think.
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Awesome job man, can't wait to see this car all put together. Photoshoot?
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Awesome job man, can't wait to see this car all put together. Photoshoot?
Soon as i get a front bumper back on it. Dyno day is Saturday barring set backs!
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nice job!
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Body is fun eh? Looks good and nice in person too.

Keep me posted on the dyno shens.
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Dude, phenomenal work
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