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fatrat 04-17-2013 06:04 PM

Aluminum hood or steel
Hi guys, I hope someone out there can help. I picked up a 99 Ford Ranger 4x4 for my wife. It has front sheet metal damage. When I bought the hood and fenders the salesman asked if it was an aluminum or steel hood. I never checked it so I assumed it was steel. Now I realize it's aluminum. My question is besides the obvious what is the difference between the two. Will the steel replace the aluminum without any grief?

Thanks, Ed

ppgsprayer 04-17-2013 07:54 PM

Shouldn't have any issues, steel version might be cheaper price wise. I have seen a lot of the aluminum hoods with corrosion issues along the front seam/edge area. Take your pick ;)

fatrat 04-18-2013 07:15 AM

Aluminum hood or steel
Thank you ppgsprayer. I picked the hood up several weeks ago, so it might have been a little tough sending it back.
Thanks again

joe_padavano 04-22-2013 02:38 PM


Originally Posted by fatrat (Post 1667632)
Will the steel replace the aluminum without any grief?

Thanks, Ed

The only other possible difference is the hood hinges. I'm no expert on Ford Rangers, but on my Olds Custom Cruiser, cars with the aluminum hood also had aluminum hinges and lighter weight springs. I'm betting it's the same situation on your Ranger.

killeratrod 04-22-2013 03:07 PM

don't forget to go to the scrap yard and cash that hood in.

Old Fool 04-23-2013 06:22 AM

Remember to prime it with SPI Epoxy to eliminate the corrosion that will develop from rock chips on the leading edge.
SPI epoxy is awesome over properly prepped aluminium, or properly prepped anything for that matter.
NO ACID etch required.
Got questions, call the SPI Tech Line @ 706-781-2220 M-F 8-5 EST

fatrat 04-23-2013 08:09 AM

Aluminum hood or steel
Thanks guys for the advice. I usually use PPG's DP primer but I've heard a lot of good things about SPI. As far as the hinges are concerned as long as the bolt pattern is the same I don't think I'll have any problems as there are no springs. Oh, and I definitely will not forget to scrap the aluminum hood. I could kick myself in the butt when I found out I could get $$$ for scrap catalytic converters. I scrapped 3 converters at the local DPW including one from a truck (large).

Well, thanks again, Ed

swvalcon 04-24-2013 05:23 PM

I replace a ranger hood a few years ago that had aluminum from the factory with a steel aftermarket and I think it was lighter than the factory hood.

fatrat 04-25-2013 09:50 AM

Aluminum hood or steel
I didn't put it on yet, but by moving it around in the garage, I think you're right.

killeratrod 04-25-2013 05:52 PM

The cats you gave to the DPW would have paid for the hood. now you know.

fatrat 04-26-2013 09:57 AM

Aluminum hood or steel
Yeah, live and learn:)

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