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Old 11-28-2011
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Pics of the fillers for the grill-clearance slots I worked on this weekend. I'm not 100% sold on them yet--with them being made out of fiberglass, then 'glassed-in, and then body filler to finish them off, I'm a little worried about them cracking with the hood being opened and closed. It certainly would be a major fail if I got the whole hood finished and painted, and then the first time that I slammed the hood shut, the inserts cracked!! I might experiment today with a different option. What I have in mind is not quite as finished-looking as the 'glass inserts, but I think it will work better long-term.
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Partially filled and finished:

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Your going to be done before winter even starts!
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Yeah, but it leaves me plenty of time to f*ck it up before paint goes on it in the Spring! I honestly can't believe that i haven't dropped it yet, as much as I've been jockeying it around. Still plenty of time for it to fall off of the sawhorses!
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You are coming along quickly! Nice job.

And honestly, its best to have it crack BEFORE paint....that is IF it's going to crack at all.
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I cut the fillers out this afternoon--going to go a different route that I think will work MUCH better, and still look decent. Probably tomorrow night.
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Old 11-29-2011
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Nice job. Thumbs up.
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Picked-up some vinyl cove base molding at work today for the filler pieces. It looks like my idea is going to work out great and still look good--if anything, it might end up looking more "factory" than the 'glass inserts would have. Hopefully I'll have some pics tomorrow.
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Old 12-01-2011
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I got the fillers (Version 2.0) done last night-I think they'll work out really well.
Clearance slots all cleaned-up and marked:

New filler piece--made out of vinyl cove base material, nice and thick, durable as Hell, and will pretty much disappear once the hood is painted black:

Relief cuts in the fillers exactly where the grille mounting ears will land when the hood is closed:

Passenger-side mocked-up:

Driver-side mocked-up:

Don't worry--the screws are strictly for mock-up--I'll be using these panel fasteners during final assembly. Should look almost "factory".

I guess I'm pretty much done now until it gets some color.
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Nice.
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That's doesn't look too bad at all!

Like you said, once it's black you will barely even notice it.
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Old 12-02-2011
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Thanks Adam--
Plus, with all that I have going on under the hood at shows, I can't imagine many people will be looking up directly over their heads. i'm very pleased with the outcome.
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I'm considering drilling a row of 1/2"-5/8" holes in the flat panel on the underside of the scoop-I'm thinking it would relieve any pressure that could get built-up between the 2 distinct layers of the hood due to any air entering thru the clearance slots. I'd hate to risk any delamination.
Plus, I need something to do!
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Well, that didn't take long!
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I was planing on doing some more, but my holesaw was duller than a hoe!
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Whether it's needed or not it looks pretty cool!
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Thanks Adam--yeah, who knows, air issue might not amount to anything, but it gave me something to work on last night!
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Nice work.

Why holes underneath, why not on the top side, something similar, orderly and it would release some of the under-hood heat ?
With the holes on the back, underside edge the air will be forced into the engine bay from the rear, right. I was wondering if that would create high pressure inside of the engine bay and in turn try to force air out of the radiator from the inside. This in turn would reduce the cooling efficiency of the radiator.

May sound far fetched but I had an ’88 Ranger STX, 5.0L, HD radiator, electric fans, etc and although it never boiled over it ran HOT, HOT, HOT mostly on the hy-way at speed and sometimes when the heavy foot got started.
Always wondered why; picked up the rear of the hood, allowing trapped air to move out and the temp dropped 15 degrees.
When I talked to a Ford Engineer friend, he told me that what was happening was the air was trying to go through the radiator and trying to get in the engine bay from under the truck almost stopping the air flow, by picking up the rear of the hood it eliminated the problem.
Thinking on those lines is why I mentioned the above, sorry to confuse things, just something to think about.

Looking good.
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I worked on it a little bit this morning before the Pats game came on. I got the vinyl mesh cut that I'm going to use to finish off the inner scoop panel (where I drilled the vent holes). I got it from McMaster-Carr. It was supposed 48", but it ended up only being 36" wide, so there's a joint in the middle. I fabbed-up some trim pieces out of some 1/16" aluminum that I had kicking around-one for the center of the panel where the mesh joint is, and one for each end. Polished the aluminum up nice--set-up looks pretty good in mock-up. I might end-up putting some carbon fiber DiNoc on the trim pieces if I have any left; if not, the polished aluminum will look just fine once everything is painted black. Sorry, no pics.
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Why no pics!?
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Forgot to grab my camera. I might mock-it back-up tomorrow and take some tho.
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Icon14 hood mod measurments

Looking at the under side of your hood ,it appears the hinge mounting hole are not even, do you have 2 left hood hinges. Measure side of hood to the centerline hood hinge holes on both sides see if they are the same ??
I guess ford used left and right hinges on some rangers & 2 lefts on some model rangers. I run into this doing the same project hood as you.
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The mounting pads are not symmetrical. When doing this swap, you use the P/S hinge from the newer truck, and the D/S hinge from the truck that the Power Dome came from (thanks to wvcat for the heads-up on this). So Brian, you're doing this mod also? Got any pics? How's it coming along?
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This mod might become popular...I can see why though.
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The mounting pads are not symmetrical. When doing this swap, you use the P/S hinge from the newer truck, and the D/S hinge from the truck that the Power Dome came from (thanks to wvcat for the heads-up on this). So Brian, you're doing this mod also? Got any pics? How's it coming along?
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Really? I never knew that. I just used the stock hinges from my truck when I went powerdome.
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Can't wait to see the pics of this thing on the truck!
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It felt like April here today, what with all of the rain and 40 degree weather, but still a ways to go before it's on the truck, unfortunately.
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