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PostSubject: Lets talk hood supports   Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:49 pm

I had purchased a set of almost new F-body hood supports with the unserstanding that they are what I need with a fiberglass hood. What I hid not know is that they do not work with all fiberglass hoods, and mine is one they do not hold up.


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PostSubject: Re: Lets talk hood supports   Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:00 am

Over the years I have purchased three hoods from SunCoast out of Florida. I would have to say the very best hood I have seen. I also tried the F body struts and they would not hold the hood up. I am using the stock B body struts that work great and have had no problems what so ever. The SunCoast hood is nearly the same weight as the factory hood and I believe it's stronger, I found that out the hard way.
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PostSubject: Re: Lets talk hood supports   Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:22 am

Deputy347K9 wrote:
Over the years I have purchased three hoods from SunCoast out of Florida. I would have to say the very best hood I have seen. I also tried the F body struts and they would not hold the hood up. I am using the stock B body struts that work great and have had no problems what so ever. The SunCoast hood is nearly the same weight as the factory hood and I believe it's stronger, I found that out the hard way.
I am currently using one B-body support, but when I use two, the hood bows in the middle on both sides. The one I have is kinda week anyways. I am afraid of stress cracks and failure with just one or both. One because nothing is supporting the other side, and both because it causes the hood to bow. I figure a set of old week B-body supports would do the trick. scratch


EDIT: Found it right here at the bottom of the page. Thanks Larry
http://suncoastramairhoods.com/info-faqs-cat.html
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PostSubject: Re: Lets talk hood supports   Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:03 pm

I used F-Body struts. They did hold up the hood.... Unless there was wind, or snow or ice on the hood.

I then switched to B-Body struts and they worked just fine. Didn't notice any real bowing....
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PostSubject: Re: Lets talk hood supports   Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:08 pm

I'd let you try mine but they attatch differently, plus they're bowing a steel hood so I doubt they'd be good on a fiberglass one. I'll check and see if I still have the old ones, but there's still the issue of the mounting points being different.
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PostSubject: Re: Lets talk hood supports   Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:47 pm

IMPALADAKID wrote:
Deputy347K9 wrote:
Over the years I have purchased three hoods from SunCoast out of Florida. I would have to say the very best hood I have seen. I also tried the F body struts and they would not hold the hood up. I am using the stock B body struts that work great and have had no problems what so ever. The SunCoast hood is nearly the same weight as the factory hood and I believe it's stronger, I found that out the hard way.
I am currently using one B-body support, but when I use two, the hood bows in the middle on both sides. The one I have is kinda week anyways. I am afraid of stress cracks and failure with just one or both. One because nothing is supporting the other side, and both because it causes the hood to bow. I figure a set of old week B-body supports would do the trick. scratch


EDIT: Found it right here at the bottom of the page. Thanks Larry
http://suncoastramairhoods.com/info-faqs-cat.html

if ur worried about only haing one side and dont want to run 2 dew to bowing. just run one in the middle. Laughing Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Lets talk hood supports   Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:49 pm

96slowss wrote:
if ur worried about only haing one side and dont want to run 2 dew to bowing. just run one in the middle. Laughing Laughing
I looked at that option, but there is no good spot to install it on the hood side.
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PostSubject: Re: Lets talk hood supports   Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:55 pm

it sounds stupid but it proboly would look cool and u have the room with the motor being so low
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PostSubject: Re: Lets talk hood supports   Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:58 pm

96slowss wrote:
it sounds stupid but it proboly would look cool and u have the room with the motor being so low
No, it does not sound stupid. I looked at that option, but the fiberglass is not thick enough in that area to accept it without modification. It is really a cool idea.
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PostSubject: Re: Lets talk hood supports   Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:01 pm

ya u would have 2 brace it some how. u could always just sell the hood to me! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Lets talk hood supports   Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:04 pm

Run an old style prop-rod off the front. Most of the cars I've owned had one and it always works great. Easier to navigate then the hood struts when doing a tune-up too.
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