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#11
Fitment issues aside, one aspect of using the reproduction to be aware of is they will dent and dimple very easily. Add in a nice BC-CC paint and they really show up.

The "Ford tooling" Dynacorn hood on my 69 Stang (and I would think the 71-73 would exhibit the same) has several small distortions in the surface from getting hit with highway debris and whatever else nature can provide (high altitude bird bomb!). The paint itself shows no defects like a chip or scratch, but the small minute dents keep occurring after several seasons of shows, cruises and pleasure trips.

One of my 'look for' items is a straight rust free reasonably priced hood to replace the reproduction. Problem is they are scarce, expensive to ship and should be looked at before purchase to ensure decent quality.
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#12
David, keep in mind you said ALL reproduction parts makers lie... so
 
Apex
Goodmark
Golden Legion
GT
And a couple of other smaller factories
 
Anyone of them will make any part you want.
Send a sample, specifications, coatings and money.
You pay for the tooling costs , buy a certain quantity and can have an exclusive.
Pay enough – long term exclusive – like a lot of Dynacorn parts, they own the tooling, no one else can buy the parts from the factory.
Dynacorn sent a 71 convertible to one of the factories they work with
Dynacorn  has the parts made to their specifications – but they do not make anything
Then there is “public tooling” factory owns it.
You order a certain quantity, quality, specify coatings, pay enough they will print your name on the box
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(02-07-2019, 09:36 AM)Bill73Ragtop Wrote: Fitment issues aside, one aspect of using the reproduction to be aware of is they will dent and dimple very easily.   Add in a nice BC-CC paint and they really show up.

The "Ford tooling" Dynacorn hood on my 69 Stang (and I would think the 71-73 would exhibit the same) has several small distortions in the surface from getting hit with highway debris and whatever else nature can provide (high altitude bird bomb!).  The paint itself shows no defects like a chip or scratch, but the small minute dents keep occurring after several seasons of shows, cruises and pleasure trips.

One of my 'look for' items is a straight rust free reasonably priced hood to replace the reproduction.  Problem is they are scarce, expensive to ship and should be looked at before purchase to ensure decent quality.

If the sheetmetal is not thick enough and your distortions are shallowish, it could be that thermal expansion and contraction is causing the distortions, especially if they are in the middle of a larger flat area. The more curve or shape there is, the less it happens because the panel is held in tension, a flatter panel can bow in or out as it expands. Enough bowing and it won't return to it's previous shape.
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#14
I used up most of my parts finding luck when a guy on eBay had a original, new old stock ram air hood made in 1974 still in the original box for $1k. I had watched the part for months as it went around the auction block at least a dozen times for $3k and above. Turns out there was one bidder that kept stringing the seller along, always trying to lower the price after the auction ended. The seller listed the hood for $1k, nobody else bid and I got it. It was close enough I could pick it up with a 4 hour round trip.

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Mike
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(02-07-2019, 01:45 PM)detritusmaximus Wrote: If the sheetmetal is not thick enough and your distortions are shallowish, it could be that thermal expansion and contraction is causing the distortions, especially if they are in the middle of a larger flat area. The more curve or shape there is, the less it happens because the panel is held in tension, a flatter panel can bow in or out as it expands. Enough bowing and it won't return to it's previous shape.

Nope, they're definitely little dents / dings.
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#16
All,

Looks like a crap shoot here on the reproduction hoods here. Thanks to all who responded. I am working Don to get the best part.

Thanks,
mustang7173 Thankyouyellow

"Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway" -- John Wayne
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#17
Since we are on the topic of sheet metal, on both of my quarter panel replacements, to get the fit properly, I had to do a little dolly work at the rear lip to line everything up, it seemed like the panels were about an 1/8 inch too long. Once that was done, I liked the fitment. For my rear floor pans under the seat, there was no 71-73 pans available so I had to use an older year and do a little hammering to get a better fit. No real issues with the front fenders that I picked up a few months ago (someone gave them to me new with no boxes so I don't know the brand).
Now for a little rant. I recently did the molasses treatment on my hood and found more holes and bondo so I put that to the side and ordered a repop hood from Mustangs Unlimited, it arrived today. Box was in great condition, no signs of misuse or abuse. Driver left, I then opened the box and found that there was a rubber type of cushions at the rear of the hood to protect it but nothing at the front end and at the front left, the end was bent over like it was dropped prior to be packaged. Called M/U and they asked for pictures, which I sent. A few minutes later, they called, said there was obvious damage, could I send them pics of the box so they could file a claim with the shippers. I explained that the box was in great condition, but sent pics anyway. They just called to say once I send the hood back, they will evaluate it and then send another hood to me. I explained that I took this week off to work on the mustang and that any other time, there would not be anyone at home for a delivery as they only give a 9-5 window. Their suggestion was to just pay for another and they would get it out right away, and then when they receive the damaged on, they will refund my initial cost. No way would I pay for another, then hope they refund my money.

Tom
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#18
All too often this a story that keeps popping up. I think so many people complain these days that some places just take on the hard attitude right away. They like the money, but they don't like being responsible for their product. Something else they should do is try all of their products, restore cars for showcasing their stuff, then sell them off, that way they know what quality their parts are, or could give you tips on how to make parts work!! But I have heard some outrageous lies just to convince me that they know there parts "fit" or "work". Not all of them are bad understand, but the aftermarket parts world is a crap shoot at best!! Good luck to all! We do it for the love of these cars!!
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#19
At least we have some repop stuff to work with! Could be worse! We could be forced to fabricate and repair our panels ourselves. Just get used to having 99% of the parts needing some work. The hoods need bent and stiffened with welds on the seam. The quarter panels need sliced in front and back to fit perfect. They also have wrong angle bend at bottom. Fenders don’t fit the fender extensions correctly. I had to slice and metal work the front 6”. But at least I had a base to modify and I didn’t have to start from scratch. Nothing is going to drop in and be perfect. But I do agree, they definitely could be better!

Kevin

1971 Mach 1
408C Stroker
C4 w/3,000 stall
8.8" Rear w/3.73's
Disc brakes all way around.

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