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"Hoods"

Postby Wrooty » Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:14 pm

Oh wise Spanner Monkey I wish to know more regarding bonnets.

Background info...

My hood has some corrosion forming. I had it repainted about 3 years ago and despite etch priming etc it still persists. So I figured the hood is not salvageable.

There are of course alternatives out there but there are advantages and disadvantages of each.

Carbon fibre is light and strong. But very expensive and requires hood pins (which I don't like. The stealth ones are expensive too)

Fibreglass is cheap. But very heavy. I have also heard hood pins aren't needed but if that true or not? Also I have seen fibreglass parts can be of a very poor finish. Just not a smooth and well formed as metal. But this may be wrong. I have seen the paint spider as well.

So...

Are there any makers of fibreglass hoods that look as good as the standard bonnet?

Any makers to avoid?

Do fibreglass hoods need pins?

How can I prevent spidering?

Some hoods have things like "heat extract" and "ram air" would the ram air cause problems requiring tune modifications?

Any alternatives to carbon fibre or fibreglass

Any other info on hoods and what I could do would be greatly appreciated. In an ideal world I would have a carbon fibre one but I haven't got £1500 to throw at just a hood.

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Re: "Hoods"

Postby waylander » Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:54 pm

Got to be honest chap I used a GT500 hood which had some scabbing but over a year in having got it fully prepped and totally resprayed I've had no issues at all...

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Re: "Hoods"

Postby Spanner Monkey » Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:15 pm

The cause of the hood corrosion problem is one of those things that none of the experts seem to agree on.
In my opinion it is caused by condensation in the hood dropping to the lowest point (the front lip) and corroding the hood from the inside.

If you can thoroughly dry the hood and then protect it from the inside by using Waxoyl or similar (heated to a liquid form and then flowed around the internal seam), Then the corrosion seldom returns.

Enough of the background, on to answer your question:
The short answer is, if you are using a composite hood then you will need additional hold-downs (bonnet pins) to prevent the corners lifting at speed.
Having said that, it should be possible to laminate in a reinforcement across the (inside) front of the hood which, if done properly, would cure the problem. I've not seen it done yet so why not be the first!

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Re: "Hoods"

Postby Wrooty » Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:15 pm

So are there any makers to go for and any to avoid?

"Trufiber" seem good value but is that because they are pants?

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Re: "Hoods"

Postby GT101 » Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:15 pm

We are the UK dealers for Anderson Composites - they supply three different hoods for S197.

The stock replacement hood uses the existing hardware to secure it (no bonnet pins required)
The cost from us is £880 inc VAT (collected from Colchester)

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We have an order in with them right now for some S550 parts - we could easily add this on to that order if they have stock in the US.

Hope this helps.

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Postby Wrooty » Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:22 pm

Thank you. I will be having a look. Only they are more expensive than what I was originally looking at. £880 and then I have to get it painted.

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Re: "Hoods"

Postby GT101 » Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:54 pm

But it looks too nice to paint.......

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Postby Wrooty » Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:07 pm

I do agree. But its not the look I'm looking for :-)

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Re: "Hoods"

Postby Manders Mustang » Mon Jan 18, 2016 6:39 pm

You don't paint carbon fiber :O!

That's a cardinal sin!

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Re: "Hoods"

Postby Spanner Monkey » Mon Jan 18, 2016 9:28 pm

I've fitted a few different carbon hoods, and to a greater or lesser degree they all require additional hold-downs.

Most hoods will happily survive up to 60mph, but get to 100+ and they flap around like your granny waving goodbye.

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Postby Wrooty » Mon Jan 18, 2016 9:35 pm

Wrooty wrote:So are there any makers to go for and any to avoid?

"Trufiber" seem good value but is that because they are pants?

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Re: "Hoods"

Postby Spanner Monkey » Tue Jan 19, 2016 3:38 am

I'm not familiar with Trufiber so can't comment.

I've dealt a lot with these people : http://www.andysautosport.com/hoods/ford_mustang.html
They only sell quality composite hoods in my experience.

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Re: "Hoods"

Postby waylander » Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:39 pm

Spanner Monkey wrote:
Most hoods will happily survive up to 60mph, but get to 100+ and they flap around like your granny waving goodbye.



:lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: "Hoods"

Postby Wrooty » Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:42 pm

Well I have been looking for a while now and I have pick the style I like the most. I saw it on the andyautosport site spanney monkey recommended.

This is the producer:
http://www.duraflexbodykits.com/2005-20 ... 56431.html

I can't find the same style elsewhere and I am a little worried the low price will affect the quality. But Mr monkey did say AAS only stock quality stuff so I think I will give it a go.

Unless there is an exception?

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Re: "Hoods"

Postby waylander » Mon Feb 08, 2016 4:46 pm

so not a million miles away from this then...

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