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Old 09-16-2003, 01:09 AM
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Anyone ever make their own?

Has anyone ever tried to make their own cowl hood? I got this bright idea Sunday night while I was out in the garage working on the Project S10(this thing needs a name)...I still have a lot of work left to do on it before it is ready for primer. I ran out of cutting wheels or I would've at least finished the nose on it. I need to weld in the inner support and fab up a piece for the front, and one for the rear under the cowl. I can say one thing...I KNOW that nobody else has one just like it ...I'd buy you a soda if you can tell me what I used to make the sides of the cowl with
Anyways, if anyone else has ever made one, what where the downfalls of a shop-built compared to a store-bought? I got the idea because a friend of mine is building a S10 Blazer, and I spent nearly 2 hours on his Saturday night just trying to get everything lined up and looking 1/2way decent. He spent 5 bills for his Reflexxion Hood (same as a Goodmark) and it was literally a POS. I don't want to go with a fiberglass and I don't want to spend $500 on one either.
Take a look and tell me what you all think.


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Old 09-16-2003, 02:02 AM
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I think it looks BAD ***...
Keep up the good work!
When ur done with the truck.. Will u sell it?.. or keep it?..

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Old 09-16-2003, 05:24 AM
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Hey Wiemer,

I built the hood on my S-10. It is a ton of work, but turned out okay. I will caution you against keeping the original width. I bolted mine to a solid brace to keep it from pulling together in the back when I cut it. It still pulled in about 1/4 inch after it is all said and done, which makes for a nast gap in the back. I am kindof sick about it, and will probably redo it one of these days or buy a new one.

Yours looks like it is coming along nicely. I am interested to see the finished product.

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My best educated guess on what you used for the sides of the cowl are the top sections of old S-10 front fenders.
It also looks as if you just raised the center section of the hood to meet up with the sides, keeping the stock looking ridge in the center of the hood.
If I'm right let me know as I think it looks cool and unique.
The latest idea I had for my S-10 project is to fill in that "dent" all the way around the whole truck, a kid a couple towns over did this to his truck and I was impressed.
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Old 09-16-2003, 07:54 AM
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Anything you make is mo betta than what you buy. I believe in that!
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Old 09-16-2003, 08:20 AM
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hood

thats a real cool hood ,im thinking about fiberglass .i can get a 2 inch or 4 inch cowel hood for under 600.00 unless anyone knows of cheaper
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Old 09-16-2003, 08:55 AM
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I wish I had a old S10 hood to cut up.
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I wish I had a old S10 hood to cut up.

They are cheap and plentiful in most wrecking yards. I paid $25.

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Old 09-16-2003, 10:34 AM
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The latest idea I had for my S-10 project is to fill in that "dent" all the way around the whole truck, a kid a couple towns over did this to his truck and I was impressed.
Hey M & M...check out the pics of Weimers bed. He filled in the recess. He wasn't going to then one thing lead to another...well you know how that goes. I just hope he keeps everything documented so he can write a description on the mods and post them for others.

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Old 09-16-2003, 06:36 PM
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nice lines

I like this better than the lines on the aftermarket hoods and you are right they never fit fer crap ... sometimes ya have to loosen and adjust every bolt in the front end to get a decent gap and they usally have a big old U.P.S. dent somewhere ... I've got a wild idea for the dent line fer ya ... try putting in a second line tapering from the front and flowing down and back like the lines on a 61 Impala .. I've seen it done in paint but not in steel .... maybe insert a Chevy badge of some kind for a touch of chrome at the rear where they used the impala jumping through the ring
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Old 09-16-2003, 07:25 PM
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Looks like it's coming along nicely, weimer. I do have some 20 gauge steel for sides if you need some. Be happy to bring it down to you. Going to Reble Run this weekend? I'm going sometime on sat. if it dosen't rain. I go in the afternoon but also like to go in the evening to watch the flame outs and muffler rapping.
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Old 09-17-2003, 01:08 AM
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Thanks again fellas...
Thanks for the offer 38, I think that I should be OK for now with the steel supply(a friend owns the local steel supply shop) But you are more than welcome to stop down and drink a couple kool ones.
I'll probably have to pass on the Rebel Run on Saturday, a buddy is stopping over on Saturday and I am welding up his doors(shaved handles) and I am going to 'test fit' the hood on his Blazer(where he knows yet or not ) Gotta go out tomorrow and get some supplies for the weekend...welding wire, cut-off wheels,etc...
I'll keep pics updated as I go...Someday I will be able to drive it and not have to pretend I am cruising in the garage Vroom,Vroom...
Later,
WEIMER

BTW 38...hows the floor pan coming along? Haven't heard for a little bit, just curious if you got it finished or not...let me know.
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Old 09-17-2003, 06:53 PM
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Been putting in about 14 hours a week cutting, forming and welding my little tushy off. Check the Dr. Gross thread for the latest. Trying to beat old man winter and the shorter days that keep creeping up on us. I might just ride the bike down sometime. I'd like to take a fall run when the leaves turn colors. Have a cold pepsi waiting for me.
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