Fiberglass hood repair?

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  1. arick793

    arick793 Veteran Member

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    I got a great deal on an L-88 hood, but it needs some repair. Some of the hood hinge mounts have pulled out. Is the repair as simple as fiberglassing some flange nuts back in place? Thanks for any help
     
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    Picture's please
     
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    Pretty much.
    Fiberglass is sure fun to play with once you get the hang of it.
    You may need to cut out the old and check for stress cracks and just build it all back together.

    I started using fiberglass when I was about 22 and built a hood scoop for my 280ZX that I stuck a 240 engine into and a carter afb carburetor on an aluminum intake..it all set up too high so I resorted to shaping some crafters foam and built a scoop off that mold.
    I love fiberglass.
     
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    Mike N Administrator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Obviously the hood is junk.... you need to drop it off to me and I'll get rid of it for you at no charge.

    :D
     
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    You may need to reinforce that are with wood, we need pictures.n is it a race weight hood or not? Important factors..
     
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    I'll get pictures in the morning. Thanks for the suggestions so far (except for mike). It is a bolt on hood with pins in the front
     
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    I use aluminum in my glass projects to reinforce the areas that need it.
    Recently built a fiberglass front bumper for my 57 chevy and nothing but aluminum for brackets and strengthening parts.
    With brackets it weighs 5 lbs. All my friends that seen it said why did you paint your bumper black?
    No idea it is aluminum.
    I have a tunnel-ram and want to install it on my 57 chevy but at the same time I do not want to cut a hole in my hood just yet.
    I then thought maybe I can find a used hood..No luck there..then I thought I need to make a glass one that pins on at all 4 corners.
    Once you start using the stuff you become addicted.
    Or at least I did.
     
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    Swisher is correct, the correct way would be reinforcing the area an glassing in a threaded aluminum plate that can move slightly inside the sandwiched hood so you can adjust the hood.
     
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    I agree but what concerns me is you say "hinge mounts pulled out". I would imagine any decent hood would have been built as Jimrr said, with a plate that would spread the load out more. Are the hinge mounts just a nut inserted into the glass?
     

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