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Topic: Who makes the best fiberglass hoods?
From: Austin, Tx
Registered: Aug 2002
posted 11-15-2002 03:59 PM
I know they are never perfect, but who makes the strongest hoods?
I'm looking for a standard (to add a scoop) or '67 Shelby style.
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01 GT BULLITT
96 OJ BRONCO
From: San Lorenzo, CA, USA
Registered: Aug 2001
posted 11-15-2002 04:54 PM
It's really hard to tell who makes "the best". Honestly.
I've heard good and bad about Maier Racing and I live 5 miles away. I hear good from the locals (I think they get to choose) and bad from the out of staters. I've also heard good from Cobranda ('66 Shelby style). Rumor also has it that Mustangs Plus gets their stock from Maier Racing. I've also heard good and bad from Mustangs Unlimited. Mostly bad from up22.com or ushoods.com
Your best bet would be to go to your closest dealer and "hand pick" the hood of your choice (if the allow it).
What I plan to do is get a factory steel hood and cut a hole and prep it for a GT-350 style scoop.
1966 Ford Mustang 2+2
Mine - Restomod in Progress
1966 Ford Mustang Coupe
Dad's - Original Unrestored
From: middle of NC
Registered: Oct 2000
posted 11-15-2002 06:34 PM
The bad thing about "strong" fiberglass hoods is by time they add all the extra ribbing to reinforce them, they end up weighing almost as much as a steel hood, but never look quite as nice. It's real hard to make a 'glass hood look perfectly smooth like a steel hood. Most end with a few small waves or ripples in them.
That being said, US Body Source does make some nice pieces. The hood on my dad's racecar is from US Body and it's a nice peice of 'glass.
From: Spencer, WV
Registered: Jan 2001
posted 11-15-2002 06:59 PM
If you're shopping for later model stuff, it's tough to beat Cervinis. They offer quality parts.
I had a Maier hood for the mustang shipped across the country, and it fits like $hit!
I guess they send their crappy parts across the country, where it would be too expensive to send it back!
66 mustang real street
302 4-speed 289 heads
10.63 @ 129.3
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