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Any interest in plastic hoods? UPDATE!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by juanblzer, Apr 27, 2003.

  1. juanblzer

    juanblzer 1/2 ton status

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    I just recieved an email from JP offroad. He says that it would be 1500 bucks to make the mold and he would need a fiberglass hood to make the mold with. Then it would be about 375 a hood. Any interest now? We can all go in on it but even for 10 guys thats 150 bucks and then the cost of a plastic hood. Let me know and I'll start making the list of interested guys. Maybe we'll get over 20? That's only 75 bucks each. KEEP ME POSTED ON THIS...I'm still interested as all hell.

    http://www.jpoffroad.com/accessories/hoods.htm
     
  2. BadDog

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    Re: Any interest in plastic hoods?

    If it was cheap, I would be interested. But I'm afraid I don't have enough interest in it to cough up a great deal of money. I've actually thought of trying to find a simple sheet of ABS or something to use for a hood, but I don't know how well it would hold up to the engine heat and AZ sun... and AL is too expensive...
     
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    Re: Any interest in plastic hoods?

    I just dont know about that...a BBC gets MIGHTY warm in there. Ive sat in a downpour in my buddies dually w/ a 454 and steam was coming off his glass hood. If its hot enuff to keep the hood steaming in a HARD Florida rain, I dont think ABS would last. /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

    An SBC rig may be OK tho.
     
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    Re: Any interest in plastic hoods?

    fires rarley happen, but I have had a few, sure was glad my hood was steel, melted plastic on a motor, that would really suck
     
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    Re: Any interest in plastic hoods?

    Id be interested. heat is no biggie, line-X the entire hood and then add some heat/sound shielding inulation to the bottom of the hood. can the factory hood and hinges... yay, weight saved!!! w00t!

    j
     
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    Re: Any interest in plastic hoods?

    I WOULD that really isent that expensive if they could come with a scoop
     
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    Re: Any interest in plastic hoods?

    By the time you Line X it there goes any and all weight savings. The metal hood only weighs about 30-40 Lbs. It just FEELS so heavy since its so large and awkward.
     
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    Re: Any interest in plastic hoods?

    Sorry, maybe Im just being overly critical. /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif
     
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    Re: Any interest in plastic hoods?

    Kinda curious myself, how do you make a plastic hood rigid enough so that it doesn't buckle, without adding so much weight that it's pointless? Even the stock '81+ ones have "soft spots" in them that you can feel.

    I mean if the thing ends up weighing 15lbs, great, but it better be as rigid (or moreso) than stock, at least IMO. I know its not a structural piece, but I don't like watching my body parts buckle /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    Re: Any interest in plastic hoods?

    I had fenders once (I'd bust every weld on them and warp them) but now I don't. I have a narrowed hood now that basically forms itself over my engine cage. It is very bulky and heavy and without hood springs it is also quite awkward/heavy. I have very little original sheetmetal left so buckling a hood is not a concern. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Re: Any interest in plastic hoods?

    my hood sure as heck seems like it weighs more than 30 pounds. /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif line-x isnt toooo heavy I dont think, if it is, I could just use it on the top/sides of the hood. /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif

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    Re: Any interest in plastic hoods?

    I'd be interested, too. Keep us posted.
     
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    Re: Any interest in plastic hoods?

    will do.
     
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    Re: Any interest in plastic hoods?

    yeh!
    or we could just leave it alone!!!! /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    73-80 or 81-87(91)? A cowl ind. version would be nice. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    we could specify all options and make it a one type deal. I think 81-91 blazer/burban hood would be most usable but a cowl induction would be cool. Mine will actually be cut right away and narrowed.
     
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    Instead of cowl induction, how about a recessed hood? I've only seen one of those so far, it looked weird but I bet the drive could see stuff before he drove over it... Just my .02 though...
     
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    Juan, why not just do what I'm doing, hull out a stock hood. I didn't quite get to it this last week end, but I've got a hood that I'm putting on my tube front and I will use only the outer skin with the heavy inner structure removed. The skin will be set over and spot welded to a 1/2" square tube perimiter frame. The frame will then have custom hinges and hood pin mounts. The entire thing should be nice and light without the expense and problems of a plastic hood...
     
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    yeah, I'm starting to lean that way ....
     

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