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Old 02-13-2011, 09:38 AM
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'48 Ford Hood Mods...

I had to start this thread after seeing the one with the modded '55 Chevy front lights/grill/bumper.

My stock '48 Ford hood appears to be 3 pieces bolted together. I'd like to weld it up into a solid 1 piece unit and then drop the nose a bit. What would be the best way to weld it up and retain some structural rigidity?

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Old 02-13-2011, 04:51 PM
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Do a lot of home work and do all the other body work first then come back to that hood. Welding those pieces together is a pretty tough project and you can ruin that hood real fast. Sit back and do some serious studying before you pull this off.

Basically you are going to want to follow all the rules of welding.
1.Clean metal, be sure you have perfectly clean metal so it welds fast.
2. Weld very short welds only about a quarter inch or less.
3. Only weld a few welds at a time letting it cool down on it's own a LONG time before welding any more.
4. DO NOT cool your welds with air or water, that will shrink the surrounding metal and warp it.

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Old 02-14-2011, 08:34 AM
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I'm more curious about how to keep things in proper alignment. The hood has plenty of surface rust and I'm pretty sure it would be better to disassemble and clean it first. I don't have my front clip mounted so there's no way to gauge final fit unless I build a jig...

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Old 02-14-2011, 08:39 AM
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A "Jig", how about your CAR! THAT is your "jig". Don't do anything to that hood until you have the body where you want it on the frame with everything aligned.

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Old 02-14-2011, 11:32 AM
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Brian is right about the jig. You could ruin this hood in a second, this is a job I think most experts wouldn't want to do and would charge a great deal of money to do. The fact that you are asking how to do this would make me hesitant to take it on. But if you do. good luck, I hope it goes well. Dan
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:43 AM
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I come here asking for advice and encouragement. If I was too proud or ignorant or stupid, I'd just jump in and f&^k it all up. Guess I'll build the core support for my cross-flow radiator and mount the grill panel and fiberglass fenders, then come back next year and ask again...

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Hood "jig"

I modified and welded a 2 pc hold on a 47 plymouth. What they are saying is use your car/front clip as the jig. Get the core support/grill/front fenders, etc mounted and aligned in their final spot. Then put the hood on the car were you want it, proper gaps and spacing, and "tack weld" it to the fenders. The fenders become the jig and keep everything properly aligned. Patience welding it up and you will be in good shape. If you want pics go to the hamb site and search under hoods.
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Flip the hood upside down, build a 3 sided can strap, tack weld it under the hood.in the middle to span the center piece.
Now flip the hood back over, cut out the center strip, cut a flat filler strip and weld it in.
The hood on the 46 in the attached pic was done this way.
Also, the hood had a pie cut outta each side and was extended 4 "'s down in the front.
Had over 100 hours in it, but was well worth the effort.
BTW not 1 oz of Bondo, all metal finished.
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some build pics of the process would be helpful da34
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take it slow

I decided to weld up my chevy hood 50 plus years ago . went too fast and I never did get it straightened , had to look 4 months to find another one. The next time I stopped after the front was done and used a bull nose strip on the top. That's not what you want to do. I don't think I would have the patience to do what da 34 guy did, his looks great. I would have to take a lot more than the 100 hours he did. and have to have a lot more skill in welding thin stuff. We do a lot of heavy stuff, farm and construction equipment repair.
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Thats another good point ....have a spare just in case...heck,even if you dont warp it ,if you customize it,it may not look right....
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Go to any big car show and look at the '41-'48 Fords and Mercs that have had this done and I would almost be willing to bet that 75% have hoods that don't fit, especially at the fenders. Most have a case of terminal gaposis where the guy has given up and said "Good enough".

Good advice above!!

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