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Hood stiffening?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by TSGB, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. TSGB

    TSGB 1 ton status

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    Has anyone done anything to strengthen the hood, so that it can be laid/stood/kneeled/walked on without it folding... more? :doah:
     
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    Good question. Now my question why do you want to walk on your hood?
     
  3. TSGB

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    Not so much on the walking part, but uh... "recreational use" is in mind... :D
     
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    What does the wife think about this lol:haha::haha:
     
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    Metrodps Strange but nice guy Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Dude your rig came with a bed and you want to use the hood too?
    :haha: :haha: :haha:
     
  6. TSGB

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    Wife? I don't even have a girlfriend! :haha:

    Hells yes the hood too! If the roof of the cab were bigger... :thinking: Actually, maybe is IS big enough...


    Anyway, hood strengthening. Back on topic.
     
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    I ahve to jump on my hood to get it to close if that counts as walking. I know what you mean (I'm guesing I do anyways) cause mine folds really bad. And its gotten so bad that if I try close it noramlly by pulling on the middle, the entire hood just bends down. You can weld bars underneath to strenghten it. Ill probably do that once I get a new hood
     
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    ive walked on my hood at the edges. i don't feel like wading threw the mud to hook up the strap. ive thought about building a brace so i don't worry about folding it in.

    as far as the recreation aspect. standing on the tool box using the roof works good also. the hood is just to high for me.
     
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    LMC sells a kit to help prevent the kinking right at the forward edge of the hinges.

    Lubing the hood hinges at each oil change is the primary key.

    I've also used ~1" angle iron on each side.

    LMC 30-3804, $19.95, bottom right corner of:

    http://www.lmctruck.com/icatalog/cc/0033.asp

    -- A
     
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    read the post dude... he's talking about making it more rigid so he can WALK on it. :rolleyes:

    At any rate, me thinks you need to take that bad boy to a body shop and have them roll some beads and use the dimple dies.

    j
     
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    The hood already has some damage to it, but it's not enough to warrant replacing. I do appreciate the LMC information too, I'll look into that. :waytogo:
     
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    She's that big?:confused: I would try and find smaller recreation partners if they don't fit in the cab or on the roof.:haha:

    Mike
     
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    haha i would sorta recommend spending a little less time on the internet researching ways to stiffen your hood and a little more time in the real world trying to find an attractive young lady who might know some ways to stiffen something else
     
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    It would take ALOT of bracing to make that large piece of sheetmetal hold up to someones weight. I have had to get up on mine, not in the middle, but the edges and the cowl to snap the softtop on and it was ok.
     
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    Metrodps Strange but nice guy Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Are you offering to lend him a hand? :doah: :haha: :haha: :haha:
     
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    haha not for free that's for sure
     
  17. TSGB

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    Ah, I see you are from Nevada... :thinking:

    Partners aren't hard to come by, but I'm looking for a specific one at the moment. :D I'd tell you to check the Pig Pen, but, well, you aren't paid up yet. :deal:
     
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    Get a room...

    My 79 K5 has the LMC type strengtheners but I would never consider walking on the hood.
     
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    I smell an exo-cage. If you built an exo you could use the whole truck like a jungle jim.:bow:

    Naw baby, that's just old bird droppings on the hood:haha:
     
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    Check out some Land Rovers to see what they've done. I'm sure it's a little more than just slapping some diamond plate on the hood.:D
     

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