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The front of my hood is starting to show signs of my stupid Michigan winters and all the salt thats dumped down. There is a little rust coming through and insted of just sanding and painting it i was wondering if any of you know where to find a lighter carbon-fiber hood for a 2nd gen EGT. Any feedback would be cool THANX :cool:
 

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He has free shippng on OE Cast ZX2 hoods right now for the month of march (48 US only)...I don´t know if this applys to 2nd gens as well...........
 

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If you can´t get a hood, do yourself a favour and don´t try and fix your current hood. I´ve redone mine 3 times already in less than 2yrs :-o Stupid rust. It´s a never ending battle, doesn´t matter what you use on it either. The hoods rust from the inside out. The evidence on my car is clear that it comes from the inside. :-? Get yourself a good nose bra for it if you don´t like looking at rust.
 

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if you rip everything off your hood, weld the holes, fix it up and primer and paint it the right way rust won´t happen unless you start scratching or putting dents in it. I´ve heard car bras tend to trap dirt against the hood which will cause scraping, paint decay, and then rust can start to form in that.
 

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Build your own fiberglass hood. Will cost you about 150$ all together. Plus you can make as many scoops vents and etc as you want.:)) Only problem is that you´ll need pins to secure it.
 

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nuke I think hes refering to hood pins... like on fast and the furious.... you wouldn´t pull the lever inside the car to open thehood, you would just go to the front and pull the pins and life the hood... hard to explain. lol its late what can i say.
 

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10-03-2003 at 00:14, BlackMx-3 wrote:
nuke I think hes refering to hood pins... like on fast and the furious.... you wouldn´t pull the lever inside the car to open thehood, you would just go to the front and pull the pins and life the hood... hard to explain. lol its late what can i say.
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stock hoods don´t have hood pins. i´ve seen a couple cars with them around town, a really nicely done red integra w/carbon fiber hood, and a turbo´ed dodge omni-looking conglomeration which just has a mustang complete front end which just comes right off, hence the hood pins. don´t get me wrong, that ´thing´ hauls!

and you don´t life the hood blackmx-3, i believe you lift it ;-)
 

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alex, you make it sound so easy to make your own fiberglass hood, i would like to know how you go about it cause i like projects like that. explain how to go about it if ya could, it sounds interesting
 

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tis easy....here´s what i reccomend..my friend did it.... He took his hood off...stripped all the padding out of the inside....put vasolene all over it...i mean all over it. then get some strips of (some sort of paper similar to a cast, bUT make sure its fairly smoooth) then there´s this fiber glass glue...you bascially cover the hood w/ them making sure the entire thing is covered. then let it dry according to the directions...then once its dry, use a sharp xacto knive to cut the sides till the fiberglass mold is in 2 pieces... coat the inside with a THIN layer of vasolene and make it real smooth...then get the fiberglass stuff thats supposed to be used...if you want color, look for color.. now...having the molds covered...join them back together and cut a slit in the top of it...top of it meaning the front side of the hood...fill it and try to make sure that there are no bubbles and is really full...then wait for it to dry for like a little longer than the stuff says...then cut it open...sand it down...clear coat it..sand it smooth and then put the brackets into it for the hood hinges...then if u are puttin hood pins drill holes and there ya go...worked real well for my friend...he even put like a middle piece made of carbon to make it have more of a texture look.
 

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wow ya lost me. i get the gist, but it sounds like a lotof work, or maybe i just missed something there. is there any site that explains the process a little better. sounds interesting and a bit messy, but would be willing to try it i guess if i had enough info on it, thanks
 

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Essentially, you´re making a mold out of fiberglass. You´ll need fiberglass cloth and resin.. you mix some resins like two part epoxys, some you simply pour from a container. It´s messy, hazardous stuff, and you´ll want gloves, mask and goggles when handling it.

The vasoline is to lubricate the mold so that you can remove it from the metal hood, and later to remove the new fiberglass hood from the mold... otherwise the resin will bond with the paint, metal or cured fiberglass.

Instead of filling an entire 3d mold, you can simply lay down layers of the fabric into the top half of the mold, pour in some resin, spread it around, pressing the fabric into the mold so that it´s smooth, strait and runs corner to corner. Then use a kevlar/fiberglass weave to do just the framework from the bottom mold. When you´re done with that you can join the two peices using a little more fiberglass and resin to patch them together.

www.fibreglast.com/ <- check this site out for some more info

There are lots of different techniques for creating composite parts, and it´s interesting to learn about why certain techniques are used for certain applications. For instance, many carbon fiber products are heated in an enclave (a pressurized oven) to cure the resin. The entire chassis of the McLaren F1 was built using peices of pre-impregnated carbon fiber which already has the resin in it. The cut peices of fabric get clamped together to form components, which are then baked in the enclave for several hours. No mess.

BTW, carbon fiber will cost you about $50/yard. If you decide to put a top layer of carbon fiber cloth on the top of your fiberglass hood for show you´ll end up spending $150 on the cloth alone... but you can still come away cheaper than buying one.. assuming you get it right the first time ;-)
 

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so you make the insde mold exactly like the original hood, even though it has a few recessed spots on it, i understand the outside but not quite sure i undertand how to do the inside and to mold them together, you are saying when your done it should look exactly the same as the original but its fiberglass. any other info would be nice thanks, sounds like a fun project
 
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