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Early Mustang Hood scoop in an Explorer Hood...

This is the first of a few of my Body Mods that I plan on doing...since I am at a point where I know I will be the first to do it, I am letting you guys know what I am doing.

I wanted a modified hood, BAD. It is the LAST body panel that I have yet to modify. But I HATE the Cowl Induction hood that has been put on EVERYTHING. It is notoriously GM, and I really don't like the idea of a trademark GM trait, on a Blue Oval product! So Cowl Induction was out of the question.

Then I got to looking at what others have done to their Explorers, and I REALLY liked the 94-98 Cobra Hood scoops that someone (troll? Xbox?) grafted onto the 2nd Gen X hood...but the 1st Gen is WAY too square to make it look right.

Then I thought about the 2001+ Mustang GT Hood scoop that seems to be popular, but again it only looks right with the later hoods, as they are flat, and the 1 attempt I saw at putting on an 1st Gen hood, looked horrible. The center body line on the hood runs right though the scoop, and it looks HORRIBLE, no matter what you do to it.

So, I was walking through a car show a couple years ago, and saw a 03/04 cobra up close, and I LOVE the "Heat Extractor" hood they had. I wanted that look...but I had NO CLUE on how I was going to make it work.


Okay fast forward to my researching for the Cobra Brakes I swapped onto my Explorer. I came across a picture of a 1967 or 1968 Mustang with what was known as a "Deluxe Hood". It has these ultra cool Turn Signal Indicators in the hood with "Reverse Scoops" that were sunk into the hoods...At that moment I knew....I had found my hood modification!...So looked on ebay for a hood scoop insert, just to see how it would look, and if the proportions were good...and it's going to look factory!

So tonight I went and picked up my hood...and I am starting to cut it up....here are the pics:



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Well, I thought I would have been done by now....but I'm not...but tonight I spent a couple more hours welding, grinding, and cutting strips to fill the outer body lines.

I'm not quite done yet, but I did get a lot closer to being done!



I have some more grinding to do, and a few more welds to do.

Let me know what you think so far!

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looks good!
 




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good work man. gonna be a standout truck!
 




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Got the last of the grinding done, and I finally have some filler on the hood!



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So Ryan, after the drop, brakes, shavings, rims, and everything else.. what's next?

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hurry up !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mad:
 




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Sorry guys.....I've just been busy with cleaning up after the flood here.....(search YouTube for Flood Videos in Kitsap County from December 3 and 4)

I am just getting back to normal here...I'll get it done, and lay some paint soon.

And as for the question of what is next.......You guys will see....I've made mention of it in a couple posts...

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Okay...I have a deadline on this now....

A few of the Northwest Explorers will be meeting up in Tahuya...I have 2 Explorers, one stock. And this one...it's not so stock.....

I'm hoping to have the hood done in time for the March 1st meeting....

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Okay guys....

Here is the latest pic...



1/2 of the hood is in a guide coat of white...that will all get sanded off tomorrow, then I'll throw a coat of glazing compound on there and final sand with 320-400...

Note that I have shaved the outer 'valley' on the hood to smooth out the lines. I don't know if I like it, but I'd like to know what you guys think.

On a sad note....Boyd Coddington, the man that inspired me to modify my vehicles like I have, and to the extent in which I have, has passed away. He was 64.

From the website www.boydcoddington.com:

Boyd, Whenever there are clounds in the heavens, we'll know it's you showing god how to do a great burnout. We love you and will deeply miss you.

Your Family, Friends, and Fans.

Ryan
 








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Thanks for posting that FROADER.....I didn't see the thread before hand.

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The hood is painted!

I'll install it tomorrow night after work, and take more pics...



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AT LAST:
Before, Front:

Before, Driver Side

Before, Passenger Side


Look ma'...no hood!


After:


The 'inserts' are painted, but drying. Rain is preventing me from installing them just yet.

And before anyone else points it out, I KNOW the hood needs to be adjusted to the Drivers Side about 3/32" - 1/8"...

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:thumbsup:Looks pretty coooooo!
 




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Hey FROADER....I did the 'Hot Pink' thing before..NEVER AGAIN...It was my old 1987 S-10...it wasn't so much 'Hot Pink'...I prefer to call it 'Barbie Pink'.....because that's EXACTLY what color code it was.....IN MY DEFENSE...it was my Sister and Brother-in-Law's truck. I bought it from them and it was that color when I got it....THEN I PROMPTLY PAINTED IT WHITE!....I have a thing for White vehicles.....My S-10 was painted white, after that my `79 Cutlass was painted white, and my X will stay white...

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Great work! I really like the way that looks. Can't wait to see pictures with the inserts painted and installed.
 




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looks awesome keep up the good work
 


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I like it when it's kept "Ford"..

I had a similar thing done on my ka.. but I can't weld so paid someone to do it for me.. looks good tho! keep up the good work!

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