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Hood on my 1923 T Bucket? Help

Hello there folks. I currently an rebuilding a 23 T Bucket. I have the fiberglass bucket with the molded insert and the rear bed where I'll have the Fuel Cell and optima batt. and on the front I want to use a 32 grill which would be chopped for use on the front and round out the top and bottom of the radiator shell. Now I saw on another Model T a hood, it was just the top portion that ran from the firewall to just the rear lip the top of the radiator shell. Looked great. I really want to do this.
Surely someone has seen or done this before.
Any suggestions as to what grill and hood to get/modify?
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PS. if you have something that will work, let me know, I'm in the market for the radiator, grill shell ( 32 style) and hood.

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[QUOTE=OsvaldoSilvera]Hello there folks. I currently an rebuilding a 23 T Bucket. I have the fiberglass bucket with the molded insert and the rear bed where I'll have the Fuel Cell and optima batt. and on the front I want to use a 32 grill which would be chopped for use on the front and round out the top and bottom of the radiator shell. Now I saw on another Model T a hood, it was just the top portion that ran

Osvaldo,

Why a hood - does Florida require one - IMHO T-buchets are best seen w/o one (and, yes,I did own one a few years ago )

But to answer your question, Street Rodder did an article about a year ago about putting a hood on a T
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I think you are looking at getting that hood custom built. I have seen hoods built by making a pattern to fit the space between the cowl and grille shell out of bristle board. They then transfer it to some sheet metal and bend it a little at a time over a welding bottle or large pipe constantly checking until they get it right. Then they build a substructure under the hood for strength.
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www.metalmeet.com are the sheet metal specialists..I have not been there for a while but Homebrew has it about right as one forms the curve on a bending horse then flanges the edges for strength..It is a trial and error deal to get the hood just right and you will have to have your grill shell and body mounted up where they are to be before building the hood..Also one has to look at the flanging of the body and grill shell to see just how the hood is to fit on the ends...

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I have seen similar parts at

www.spiritcars.com

They have a cowl hood and other fiberglas parts for their T-Bucket kits.

http://www.spiritcars.com/site/myCat...y_ID=108898657

http://www.spiritcars.com/site/myCat...?Category_ID=5

The picture of the T you see on their home page has a grill shell and hood that they make for their kits. Might work for you or give you some ideas. Might be worth a call. The hoods and grill shells you want to put on your T were common in the 'track' style Ts.
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T Bucket Hood Help

Hey there, Thanks for the message. No Fl doesn't require a hood, but the sun will definitely do a number on anything exposed to the sun down here and since it rains everyday almost in the summer (8 months long). I rather be able to finish the drive home or to work without taking refuge under an overpass or at a gas station. Plus I love the way it looks, especially with a rounded grill ( 29,30,31,32) and just the hood, no sides. I'll concentrate on getting it a running driving chassis, and setting the steering column in just right. Then worry about the hood. I will be setting in the grill which I just purchased on ebay and then probably taking some of the suggestions from the board to make one from 16gauge to fit the space between the front of the firewall and the grill shell. Pictures soon to come. Thanks to Irelands Child, Home brew, One more time and cucumber for your comments.

Osvaldo,

Why a hood - does Florida require one - IMHO T-buchets are best seen w/o one (and, yes,I did own one a few years ago )

But to answer your question, Street Rodder did an article about a year ago about putting a hood on a T[/QUOTE]
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Go for it

Sounds good to me - post an album of your efforts - a lot of us have soft spots (heads?) from their buckets and like to see others have fun as well - every so often I get nostalgic for mine - it was always a blast (except in the rain - even with the top on, making a turn would always throw road slop into the car and in your face)
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