Thanks for the words of encouragement! It is a good feeling to know you're not the only one! Yet we're still brave enough to try it.....try, try again if we must. Anyway, this sort of welding is all about adding structure and strength. Its not like these welds need to float a boat (hold water) or pass an xray or some kind of unattainable standard. The way I see it, we just need to melt some steel together and feather out any imperfections. Bam! Good for another 30 to 40 years!
I bought these hood hinges at a swap meet a few years ago. Finally got around to cleaning them up and painting them! Might use them only because they are clean and painted now...whereas the hinges on the car now are not clean and painted.
Yes, I will be going with the classic SS stripe look. I agree it is overdone and looks best on the shorter nose of an early 1970's 2nd gen (and first gen!). However, I fell in love with this striped look when I was young... now I can't see it any other way. It's stubbornly set in stone. I will put one twist to it though. I'm going with the Wimbledon White. A classic color for mustangs I believe. But juxtaposed with the red (hugger) orange paint, I think it will again give it a classic dreamsicle (creamsicle) look. We shall see once it's in paint!
Here is what the car would look like if I didn't put any stripes and left it factory original (still not a bad look!).
But as mentioned... I do like those stripes so this is what I'm going for...
But... I'm not sure how crazy I am about the stripes going all the way down the nose. I think it would look better going down about mid way like the 1970. My point is the stripes should look like they are part of the hood... and not like they are part of the bumper too. So if you were sitting on the ground in front of the car, you would see only the last few inches of the stripes. I might follow the early 70s diagram for reference.