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Old 06-01-2008, 09:26 AM
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Cutting a hole in a hood

I have a 1988 Ranger Gasser Project that I am considering cutting a hole in the hood and maybe the cowl area so I can install Stack injection
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the body work is currently perfect I am looking for suggestions for cutting the hood without causing any damage to the paint Then I am also looking for suggestions on how to treat the sharp edge so it wont rust and maybe what I could put on it like a molding to give a more finished look
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the main Idea here is to avoid sanding prepping painting and all that stuff I dont really like to do
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Old 06-01-2008, 10:04 AM
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Well I guess there is always taping the area off with masking tape and using a jig saw to cut the hole. If you do this I would have a buddy blow the metal dust away with low compressed air. If you don't the metal bits will get under the base of the jigsaw and grind through the tape and into the paint.
I think I would prefer using an air chisel with a cutting tip to make the hole. It has much less area contacting the hood and it makes a curly cue of metal instead of dust. It won't cut the inner structure of the hood.
I know I have seen a kind of pinch molding that is perfect for lining the hole after it is cut. I have seen it in metal and plastic.

Now where did I see that stuff??
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I agree with the jig saw and tape.As for the trim,go look at fiberglass boats.They have the trim he was talking about. It comes in a variety of styles and colors including chrome.Hope this helps.
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or a hole saw

I wouldn't use an air chisel, any time I've ever used one its hard on everything, paint, surrounding metal, and hard to control.

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that pinch punch would work for the corners but not for the straights. I need to make a large rectangular hole with rounded corners perhaps a rotary tool and a abrasive cutoff wheel would work
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that pinch punch would work for the corners but not for the straights. I need to make a large rectangular hole with rounded corners perhaps a rotary tool and a abrasive cutoff wheel would work
That will work if you can control it.... But you are going to burn your paint around the cuts.
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yep heat is a good thing to keep in mind
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I once took 10 years to make a cane I started by taking a vacation to a rain forest then by mistake I got a seed pod in my shoe so when I got home I planted it and it grew to about 9 feet it was a monkey pod tree . then we had a cold snap and it killed the tree so I cut it down and let it dry for a few years then I carved it for two years ( so 10 years after finding the seed I had a monkey pod cane )
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the moral of this storie is I shouldnt burn the paint if I go REAL SLOW with a dremel cutoff wheel with a kerf of
1/16" and diameter of the size of a nickel but I will use a lot of wheels
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Ha ha!
I like that. I saw where you were going with that right off.
I was picturing an angle grinder with a 4.5" cutoff wheel, But with enough time and tiny cutoff wheels I am sure you will have your hole and no burned paint..
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your a more patient man than me.
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