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Old 06-14-2006, 08:17 PM
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Cowl Hood - Fiberglass vs Steel

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I decided I am going to purchase a new aftermarket Cowl hood for my 72 nova. which is better? I want to use the factory hinges if possible, so will need the mounting holes in the new hood, and the factory trim molding at the front of the hood if possible. I will also paint the hood to match the color of the car. I am leaning towards steel only because the rest of the car is steel and the existing hood is steel and steel is stronger. The price for both is about the same, only a few dollars difference.

Your opinion please

thanks. Lee
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steel gets my vote
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I have to agree with Bob on this one. I think that the steel hood would be your best bet. If you are going to use the factory type of hinges, it should hold up better as the hinges do have a reputation of tightening up over time, and may weaken the 'glass hood.

Aaron.
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Steel gets my vote too. I have to rework a fiberglass hood now cause it doesn't line up quite right to one fender and its aweful wavy. This fiberglass hood is much better then another car I worked on. That hood lined up really poor to the fenders, the gaps were too wide even after adjusting fenders, and had cracks, pinholes, you name it to fix. Fiberglass always seems to need some work. If you do decide on fiberglass, check on what others say about the manufacturer of that hoods quality and what the fit is like. If you end up having many hours of working to get it to fit right, that steel one will be much cheaper. But fiberglass is light and won't rust. Make sure it will work with the car and will stay latched. If fiberglass, It could possibly need hood pins installed.
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