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Old 09-28-2016, 09:50 AM
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Wow..$1000 for a used hood seems kinda spendy. You might try Craigslist for a hood. I don't know where you're located but here's one in Phoenix as an example of pricing.

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For the 1000$ I could build a new hood using the pieces of the old hood to make a mold. For that matter do some checking and there are aftermarket hoods available for that car. As far as the cracked fenders what we do is to clean and sand the backside of the cracked area and laminate reinforcement on the backside of the fender and then use filler to fill on the front and wind up with a usable piece. That is how we fix a cracked hull on a boat for example. Just on the vettes we need to be aware of the SMC issue and use proper materials for the repairs.

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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Ok, thanks for clarifying about the differences between SMC and fiberglass guys.

I'm going to keep doing some research on SMC and talk a little more with people that have had good results doing what I'm trying, before getting started on the repair.

I definitely do appreciate everyone's advice so far, and have absorbed it all. This thread has been invaluable to pointing me in the right direction. Unfortunately, I don't have the money to simply replace the hood, so an attempt at a repair is the path I've chosen.

I'll be sure to post results after its all said and done...
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I really wasn't going to reply as my experience is with race cars...funny cars. Not at all unusual to mangle a fiberglass body and have it ready to go again the following week.

Here is a site I found by simple typing in ( how to repair SMC)
The Ultimate Fiberglass Repair Guide | Fibre Glast

There is a wealth of info on this material. Essentially it is a polyester fiber glass material with a specialized resin already added. It is high pressure molded to shape and heated to cure. Thermosetting.

The repair of the hood starts on the back side by feathering the damage quite a long ways, removing the torn stuff, stopping the cracks then covering it with a conventional polyester cloth and resin. It needs a build up about as thick as the original. Then go to the outside and more or less repeat the process. This is basically the way we repaired the funny car bodies after torching them or crashing. Encapsulating the damage.

It's a different process altogether than metal working. You should invest in a filter mask respirator with filter to capture the fumes from the resin. They are not healthy. Then a very good respirator with filters for the dust when finishing the repair. You need to protect your skin from the dust too as it will have micro particles of fiber glass that are not removed in the human body functions. Us aliens don't have this's like food to us......haha.

I'd surely read up on this stuff before you start. Good luck. Show us your progress.
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if you have your mind made up to fix it these rules are to be followed.

1) Use EPOXY based resin from West Systems.

2) Do not use Urethane products until top (paint coats)

3) Taper all cracks 3" each direction

4) Grind with 24 or 36 grit to prep for glass.

5) let each application of resin and mat dry 24 hrs prior to grinding to reapply.

6) Use epoxy primer over raw SMC prior to finishing with body filler.

7) Repair both sides when ever possible

That hood can be repaired and not be an issue, but it will not be cost effective, and if you are not somewhat experienced, results may be less than satisfactory. But you will learn if you try. And anyone can bolt on a different one or an aftermarket Go for it and prove the doubters wrong.
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