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dasyhard 07-12-2011 04:06 PM

Replacing a metal hood with a fiberglass hood
Aloha all,

I have a '34 ford (Outlaw body&chassis) with a BBC (454 LS6) and I purchased a tunnel ram with a shotgun scoop. I also purchased a fiberglass hood with new hinges (Outlaw Performance) because of the fact that I don't want to cut a hole in the existing metal hood. I need to know which would be the best route to take in replacing the hood/hinges. Mount the tunnel ram first then go from there or mount the hood/hinges with the hole already cut for the scoop? If I had a template with the tunnel ram hole already marked, then I guess it wouldn't matter which task is best to take first. I question this because a friend informed me that the hood/hinges needs to be replaced/mounted first. If anyone has had the experience in doing this type of work, please give me the details. I would appreciate your advice, thanks.

I also purchased a Bob Drake chrome grille/shell which needs to be fabricated to be fitted with the Outlaw hood.

dasyhard 07-12-2011 05:13 PM

Hood Replacement
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I forgot to mention that my hood opens from the driver's side if it matters any. Photos of parts to be installed are attached. Also a photo of how I want the hole to look like on another '34 ford.

OneMoreTime 07-12-2011 07:03 PM

I would mount the hood first taking off any carb stuff that would interfere with that step. then using the center of the carb as a guide cut a small hole so i could set the scoop exactly where it needs to be (use a long air cleaner stud for a guide) then trace the outline of the new scoop on the new hood to have a line to cut to. patience is your friend doing that task..


dasyhard 07-12-2011 08:33 PM

Appreciate your advice!
Thanks Sam, and now that you mentioned it, that's exactly what my friend told me. He informed me that if I task him to do this job, it will probably take a full month to complete it. So right now I'm seeking other body shops that would accept this work.

Another question is why does the hinges need to be replaced too? The cost for those were not cheap, especially to ship to Hawaii.

pepi 07-12-2011 09:03 PM

Hood and hing mounts first. Also depending on how tall the set up is above the hood. You will need to have the opening cut large enough so when the hood swings opens it will clear. Mind you that could be on the large side.

Height + opening arc = size of opening

If the hood swings to the right, the left side of the opening would need to be offset, larger to allow for clearance. Not a real problem cause you can balance the sides of the opening. A large opening might not be all that eye happy if you like tight clearances. The picture of the 34 with the shotgun air cleaner illustrates what I am talking about. That is a good fit and with the scoop just above the hood ,no problem the opening is tight.
I cannot tell what the height of the tunnel will be, but could be in play.

The other option for tight clearance would to be make the hood removable, glass is light, no hinges to fuss with and it will give loads of room to work on the hotrod. The attach points could be on the cowl and radiator shell lip.

Just food for thought.

dasyhard 07-12-2011 09:14 PM

Appreciate your feedback!
Thanks, I'm looking for a tight fit/clearance for the scoop so maybe the easiest route to go is to choose your last option.

OneMoreTime 07-12-2011 09:26 PM

On the clearance that is what we call a shaker since the motor will rock some when running so you need to allow for that as well so a super tight clearance may not be good..hinges dunno on those just guessing there is some difference in the hinge for a glass hood. On time i think install the hood and cut the hole today and paint tomorrow. might be a month or so to find an opening on the shop schedule though.


dasyhard 07-12-2011 09:30 PM

Your location?
Is your shop located here on Oahu?

OneMoreTime 07-12-2011 09:54 PM

Sorry I am retired and I am on the mainland...shipping the car could be a bit much..


dasyhard 07-12-2011 10:18 PM

No problem, thanks anyway......I just got this car last year from NY and the shipping was horrendous @ $2,675.

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