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Old 07-11-2018, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Custom hood with carbon fiber heat vents, by Ken.

As many of you know, Ken (Leeproctor83) is working on a hood for my truck. It's basically a restoration of a badly sun damaged Cobra style hood. With the addition of some functional vents on the sides, also of Mustang origin. There have been some pics posted in the cowl hood thread in the Gen. II section. They will likely be duplicated here. This thread will show from the beginning, a picture of the truck the hood came from, Pilgrims Progress non Lightning F-150.
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Here is a link to the vents being installed on the hood.
https://www.carid.com/apr-performanc...leid=630913333

And the link to the replacement inserts for the top of the hood, since the originals are sun damaged and warped. I really thought it would be difficult to find replacements. Nope, easy-as-cake, piece-of-pie. Summit. Gee, who'da thunk it?
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/kpt-rak201

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That’s pilgrimsprogress truck ^
I gave him one of my OE aluminum hoods in exchange for his existing cobra hood.
Robert was interested in it so I gave it to him.
It needs to be YZ white. But looked like someone walked across it. Had several large soft dents. I had the PDR ( paintless dent repair) man fix them. He’s amazing. Saved me a ton of work.
Robert decided he needs these carbon fiber hood vents.
Once I Had them in my hands was able to start metal work.
I’ve got the holes cut. And the vents fitted. Now I’ll turn it over and figure out what to do so that the bottom looks like it was born that way..
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:45 PM
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Gentlemen,
I'm glad ya'll opened this thread. I don't have the skills and talents Kenny has, but do enjoy seeing how things are done. Aesthetics are just as important to the enthusiast as performance and seeing this done step-by-step will be great. Ya'll already know I will be watching with lots of questions !

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I wanted those vents just to make it different, not just any old Cobra style hood. Depending on what Kenny does to the bottom, I'll be figuring out how to make removable plugs for those days the forecasters get it wrong. It happens here, without warning. Hot day, no chance of rain. Then clouds appear, move through with great rapidity, and dump a ton of rain. Then leave 30 minutes lated, and it's so humid you can cut it with a knife. I'll figure something out regardless. Kenny said these vents will flood the engine compartment if it's raining. Can't have that.

Truck hasn't seen rain in four years though. Now that my 98 Ranger has a new front suspension, doesn't sound like Mr. Ed every time I drive it, and isn't embarassing to drive, the Lightning is less likely to see rain.

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Curiosity got the best of me so I sat them on my cervinis hood to see what they look like on YZ white.
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That sharp jagged protrusion on the right side of the circular reinforcement could be trimmed away with a rotary file to clean that area up. Possibly trim away some material on the other side in the area where the vents stick down. That reinforcement is not doing much reinforcement anymore. LOL. But, the stiffness of the vents themselves will be a positive. From what I can see on the computer, it looks like they follow the contours of the hood pretty nicely.

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That sharp jagged protrusion on the right side of the circular reinforcement could be trimmed away with a rotary file to clean that area up. Possibly trim away some material on the other side in the area where the vents stick down. That reinforcement is not doing much reinforcement anymore. LOL. But, the stiffness of the vents themselves will be a positive. From what I can see on the computer, it looks like they follow the contours of the hood pretty nicely.
I was worried that cutting the giant brace would make the top panel floppy. But it’s still very rigid. Structural integrity remains very much in tact. But still plan on doing something there.
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Sir,
Ok, since we are on the underside at this point, does the underside require different prep or paint due to the heat?

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Sir,
Ok, since we are on the underside at this point, does the underside require different prep or paint due to the heat?

Keith
It can be painted and clear coated like the outer body or I can use Under Hood paint. It doesn’t get as hot as an engine block or brake calipers ect.
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I dislike that hood, I don't think it compliments anything on the truck...
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I dislike that hood, I don't think it compliments anything on the truck...
Opinions are like assholes, everyone's got one and they all STINK! Mine most of all!

And yet you LIKED my opening post. Hmmmm?????????
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Opinions are like assholes, everyone's got one and they all STINK!
now maybe if y'all filled in the snorkle indentions, it might change my mind


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Curiosity got the best of me so I sat them on my cervinis hood to see what they look like on YZ white.
I kinda like that


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Coming along nicely!!!! Those panels are bonded together I don't believe that cutting out that size piece is going to weaken the structure any. And as you said once the insert is properly bonded and mechanically attached it will be as strong as it was. Looks like it was a well built piece to start with!!!!
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