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Old 07-13-2004, 02:46 AM
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Cutting a hole in a hood.

I don't have access to professional shop tools so what would be the next easiest and neatest way with home workshop tools.The hole will be about 11 inches diameter and it's for an early Mustang hood. Thanks

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Might as well use a blowtorch, since you are ruining it anyways....................................

If you are going to cover it with a decent scoop, use a nibbler. If you can't get one of those, a jigsaw with a metal blade will work.
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If you have an air compressor. Harbor Freight air nibblers are pretty cheap and probably the easiest st way to do the job with the least damage.
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Old 07-13-2004, 06:31 PM
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a sawzall with a good metal cutting blade would be my weapon of choice. unless i had access to someone who knew what they were doing with a plasma cutter.
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torching a hood

I watched a guy torch his hood on his f-bird in auto shop at h.s the guy was a total idiot and the paint looked nasty where it bubbled out further than the scoop covered. he felt cool though.
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i used a jigsaw with a metal cutting blade to cut the hole for my hood, it was about 16" but turned out really really well
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put some masking tape down where the saw base rubs when you cut so it wont scratch the paint
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Old 07-15-2004, 11:11 PM
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Before I got all the tools in the tool store, a common jig saw with a metal blade would have done that job lickity split.

The one thing I can say about the whole thing, MEASURE TWICE (no THREE OR FOUR TIMES ) and cut once.
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I just used a jig-saw with a metal-cutting blade. My hood is aluminum so it was probably a little easier than cutting through steel, but I'm sure a jigsaw would work fine for you.

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