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Old 09-20-2006, 03:32 PM
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Bob Drake hood and rad support kit?

Has anybody used this hood and radiator support kit from Bob Drake? Happy with it?, anything better out there? It's for my 35 Ford pickup.

http://store.bobdrake.com/horasubrki.html

Thanks - Karl.

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Old 09-20-2006, 11:07 PM
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I have not installed one,(can't be hard) ,but I have used them when they were on customers cars that came in.

They work fine.
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Has anybody used this hood and radiator support kit from Bob Drake? Happy with it?, anything better out there? It's for my 35 Ford pickup.

http://store.bobdrake.com/horasubrki.html

Thanks - Karl.
The radiator support rods are "standard" but quality hot rod parts though the instructions are mediocre. If you don't have holes in your firewall for the fasteners, you will have to carefully measure. The radiator, especially if original or Walker will have the brackets built into the top tank.

The hood support will have 4 hooks - you will need to choose which pair to use - the other two are surplus. They work well, but the first time you install it, you will pray for an extra hand until you know where it mounts on the radiator support rods - there are two sets of assembly holes on mine. This assembly mounts fairly far back on the support rods.

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Dave, would you happen to have any pics of yours? I'd like to see how the hood support actually mounts. I still have the old rods in place, but I'm definitely going to replace them with stainless ones.
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Dave, would you happen to have any pics of yours? I'd like to see how the hood support actually mounts. I still have the old rods in place, but I'm definitely going to replace them with stainless ones.
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Karl,
I took a quick look thru MY PICTURES on my hard drive and the only thing I have is a part of one rod bracket showing in one picture. I took a lot early on before my digital but they are not available now.

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The support rods are self explanatory.

The actual hood support is not pre assembled. There are a couple of J-hooks that attach with nyloc nuts thru a couple of holes in the bracket - if there are more than 2 sets of holes, start with the outer ones and loosly install to the bracket then to the support rods where they look best.

On a '35, I'd probably start with the longest hood hook, bolt in place and try the hood for location. If too long, try the shorter ones. This assembly should sit fairly well back on the support rods(but then, maybe not on a '35 - the hood is unique on this and a '36).

Do one side first, then when you are happy, tighten to the support rods and install the opposite side. A helper, while not necessary, can make things easier while you try to juggle a bunch of loose pieces flopping around - and it is easy to get the hood hooks on upside down.

Hopefully not too confusing - any other response wont be 'til Sunday night or Monday as I'm off to NSRA Nats @ Burlington VT.

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