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Repro hood quality?
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I've been looking for a Mach 1 hood for a while now, and would like to find an original one, but I'm not sure that will happen. I've seen reproduction hoods, but I've heard bad things about their quality and fitment. What are your opinions on reproductions, are they any good? I am in somewhat of a hurry because I am in the process of repainting the car now. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

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#2
I sell aftermarket crash parts for cars and trucks in my day job.
Also do Goodmark stuff.
Most all of the aftermarket is hit or miss (mostly hit, honestly)... great fit and quality one day, gawd awful the next. That pertains to sheetmetal, lights, grills, header panels... you name it.

The aftermarket fenders and hood for my '88-99 Chevy beater truck fit absolutely perfect, equal or better than the stuff I was taking off. Conversely, I have witnessed some fresh late model OE stuff (sheetmetal), straight out of the OE box, that didn't fit worth a hoot.

Generally speaking, especially for our '71-73's, OE is the best bet IMO.
In your case, unfortunately, the only way to tell is to fit the hood before buying either way.

( I didn't help much, did I? Smile )

edit:
I have a ram air hood for my '71. I will consider using a fiberglass repro though. Yes, I know it, like all 'glass parts, will probably look hideous out of the box and will require bodywork. However, the weight savings alone will be worth the long board sanding time to me.
Example:
http://www.up22.com/Mustang71.htm

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Chris' 71 vert;103093 Wrote:I've been looking for a Mach 1 hood for a while now, and would like to find an original one, but I'm not sure that will happen. I've seen reproduction hoods, but I've heard bad things about their quality and fitment. What are your opinions on reproductions, are they any good? I am in somewhat of a hurry because I am in the process of repainting the car now. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

Hi Chris,

I agree with what Motoarts says as well. The only thing i could add to that would be to say that i've just installed a repo Mach 1 hood and twist hood lock pins to my '73 Convertible last month myself.(By the way, the new repo hood on it's own,cost me $620.00 Australian dollers to buy) In my opinion, i think the original factory panel alignments, gappings and fittings on my '73 overall, are average quality,but acceptable.
(Being a pro spraypainter, i set up, fitted and painted the whole thing myself.)

I was pleased with the overall quality of the hood, but had issues with fit. Please note that my '73 Convertible has never been involved in any front end accident in it's life, and i'm running the original hood hinges which are in good working oder. So, length was OK, width and side gapping were OK, but there were three problem areas for me. 1 was the original nose moulding didn't fit well and needed customising to fit, 2 was the two back corners of the hood did not sit correctly in alignment to the fenders. They needed to be reshaped up one side and down the other as well to line up (nothing to do with hinges or hinge setups), and 3,the hood has a convex curve that runs from front to back of hood. This convex curve, did not exactly match the convex curves of both my original fenders.

These three flaws were not too dramatic, so you can get around those sort of aftermarket issues.The end result was not spot on perfect, but was of an acceptable standard. Like i said in another post, i'ts sad to see Asian parts on an all American car.

Hope my feeedback helps.
Have a safe and happy Christmas everyone!

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#4
I just posted up all the work I did in making a custom hood for my build..I do have an n.o.s. ford hood but there was no way I would cut that up to make my custom hood..So I purchased an aftermarket hood from Mustangs Unlimited..It's one of the few after market parts that fit very well..
I ran into the 3 same issues as Austin Vert..Not a big Deal for a competent body guy..BUT the biggest issue which I didn't find out about till I went to reshape the convex shape of the hood is the fact that the outer skin is NOT WELDED to the frame..In a way that was a blessing since it made it very easy to reshape the outer skin..You can see how well I got mine to fit in my video here..
http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-video...eek-status

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#5
I had luck with mine. It fit pretty well and no complaints from the body guy.
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jeremycfr;103111 Wrote:I had luck with mine. It fit pretty well and no complaints from the body guy.

Brand? Source?

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#7
I have sold a lot of the hoods - no big fit issues BUT all body parts need fitting / shimming and adjusting.

I think the biggest issue is the handling of this large of a part.
Trucking companies just like to kill these hoods
They want to take it off the pallet and slide it around the dock and truck to save room- the corners usually suffer the most.

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#8
I had a Fed Ex truck back into my car last year. I got all new parts incuding a hood with scoops since they do not repo the flat ones and I did not want to wait to find one in a junk yard. It did not line up perfectly with the two new fenders but no idea if that is the fenders fault or the hoods fault or the fact that things were not quite perfectc to begin with as I had a rusty shock tower replaced a few years earlier. From 1 feet away you can;t notice it.
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(12-23-2012, 09:09 AM)cudak888 Wrote:
jeremycfr;103111 Wrote:I had luck with mine. It fit pretty well and no complaints from the body guy.

Brand? Source?

-Kurt

I bought it from John's Mustang in Houston. I cannot remember the brand. I would check with Don at Ohio Mustang. I trust he will stir you toward a good product. If I come across the hood info after church, I will post it.
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Austin Vert;103105 Wrote:was of an acceptable standard. Like i said in another post, i'ts sad to see Asian parts on an all American car.

If it weren't Asian, the price would probably be about $3k...takes a lot of us out of the market.

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