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    Anybody know if there are any aftermarket steel cowl hoods, I have an 83 mustang and a clearance problem. Buddy of mine told me to stay away from fiberglass. Just looking for some input thanks guys.

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    You thought about a 93 convertible motor mount or spacing the K member?

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    Quote Originally Posted by erratic50 View Post
    You thought about a 93 convertible motor mount or spacing the K member?
    I have not, but I really like the look of a cowl hood. Plus my factory hood got damaged

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    Is there a particular reason you want to stay away from fiberglass?

    Here is a shot of my cowl hood.

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    Fiberglass is only problematic if you buy junk. HO Fibertrends has some very nice quality hoods.
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    Fibertrends makes a nice hood! But they are not cheap by the time they ship the hood you will be in to it for $700 or so. However you do make a point about the cheap hoods, I know for a fact they suck!! fit is poor, quality is poor, basically you get what you pay for. But $700 for a hood.... Too rich for my blood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retro25 View Post
    Is there a particular reason you want to stay away from fiberglass?

    Here is a shot of my cowl hood.

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    Just heard they never turn out well. Yours Looks good !

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    Quote Originally Posted by RI86GT View Post
    Fibertrends makes a nice hood! But they are not cheap by the time they ship the hood you will be in to it for $700 or so. However you do make a point about the cheap hoods, I know for a fact they suck!! fit is poor, quality is poor, basically you get what you pay for. But $700 for a hood.... Too rich for my blood.
    A little over $500 shipped from LMR. I'm in St.Louis and have had 3 or so friends drive to Ohio to grab their hoods and save shipping.

    Quote Originally Posted by Szabo83 View Post
    Just heard they never turn out well. Yours Looks good !
    The top companies are laser straight, but they do cost more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by STL79Coupe View Post
    A little over $500 shipped from LMR. I'm in St.Louis and have had 3 or so friends drive to Ohio to grab their hoods and save shipping.



    The top companies are laser straight, but they do cost more.
    What companies did your friends order from

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    Cervini's and HO Fibertrends both make very nice hoods.

    I personally have purchased and owned 5 different Cervini's hoods between Mustangs and Trucks. Just purchased their Saleen body kit (urethane ) wouldn't hesitate to buy a hood from Cervini's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Szabo83 View Post
    What companies did your friends order from
    All were from HO fibertrends. I had a cervini hood years ago and is a very nice part, but they're a little heavier then HOF hoods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by STL79Coupe View Post
    All were from HO fibertrends. I had a cervini hood years ago and is a very nice part, but they're a little heavier then HOF hoods.

    That can be true. Just keep in mind that most if not all Cervini's hoods are finished on the underside too, so that is where much of the extra weight comes from. If you are building a race car, then there are lighter options. If you want a cool looking hood both open and closed, then Cervini's is hard to beat.
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    Anybody ever deal with champion hoods and products?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Szabo83 View Post
    Anybody ever deal with champion hoods and products?
    Crap! Poor fit, Poor Quality, Not worth the $$
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    What Trey said. One of the main things to keep in mind is if the mounting points are supported well.....mainly the hood latch area.
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    I had a champion hood and the fit was really bad. I now have a HO fibertrends and the fit was excellant but not finished under the hood. I had to do a lot of work to finish it.
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    Thanks for the input guys, no I wonít be wasting my money on a champion hood. Lol

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    I just realized you're in Ohio, so you can save a lot if you picked on up from HO Fibertrends who is also in Ohio.
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    So I bought a hood from Ho Fibertrends, got a killer deal since I picked it up myself, but Iím having trouble with it not latching down anyone have this problem ? Or is it just me ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Szabo83 View Post
    So I bought a hood from Ho Fibertrends, got a killer deal since I picked it up myself, but I’m having trouble with it not latching down anyone have this problem ? Or is it just me ?

    Have you adjusted your latch or did you just bolt on the hood?

    Generally you will need to adjust the hood bumpers for the hood to fit level with the front fenders. Then you will need to adjust the hood latch position relative to the new hood so that the latch catches properly and completely latches to prevent the hood from popping up while driving. Definitely DO NOT drive without the safety latch in place!!!!
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    Current Capris:
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    Quote Originally Posted by wraithracing View Post
    Have you adjusted your latch or did you just bolt on the hood?

    Generally you will need to adjust the hood bumpers for the hood to fit level with the front fenders. Then you will need to adjust the hood latch position relative to the new hood so that the latch catches properly and completely latches to prevent the hood from popping up while driving. Definitely DO NOT drive without the safety latch in place!!!!
    Iím not driving it any where until itís adjusted properly. We have everything lined up good with the finders cowl etc. but it wonít latch.


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    Congrats on your purchase. Usually takes a few moments to lower your front latch assembly. On my 97 the hood latch had roll pins to locate it. I had to remove the roll pins to be able to adjust my hood latch. It needed to be lowered and angled to work properly. 9 yrs later, that Cervini hood looks and latches just beautiful!

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    Here is a pic of my 83 with a Cervini bolt on hoodName:  hines2018.jpg
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    If you still have problems I'd call Jim and ask him on what to adjust etc. He has a 4I and is a really helpful guy. GL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Szabo83 View Post
    I’m not driving it any where until it’s adjusted properly. We have everything lined up good with the finders cowl etc. but it won’t latch.


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    Ok, first is the latch fully open? Is the hood release cable hanging up and keeping the latch fully open? If needed use a screwdriver to actuate the latch and verify. Pull the hood release cable to unlatch. Push the hood release handle back towards the dash to allow the latch to operate properly. Did you transfer the tongue spring from your original hood?

    Next is the latch lined up properly with the hood latch opening side to side? Meaning the square opening in the hood align with the latch tab that sticks up. The hood is not catching on either side of the latch preventing the hood from going down far enough.

    If none of those issues exist, then most likely your latch is positioned too low on the core support and can not catch on the hood. Loosen the two bolts on either side of the latch and pull the latch up as high as you can while keeping it in the same relative position side to side. Snug up the bolts and try shutting the hood. Most likely it will latch now, but will sit too high. Now lower the latch a bit each time until the hood latches, but rests just slightly on the front hood bumpers and you should be good to go! Good Luck!
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    "I've spent most of my money on Mustangs, racing, and women... the rest I just wasted."

    Mustangs Past: Too many to remember!
    Current Mustangs:
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    1979 Pace Car now 5.0/5 speed
    1982 GT Ongoing RestoModification
    1984 SVO Awaiting Restoration
    1986 GT Wrecked by PO, but still want to save!

    Current Capris:
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    1982 Capri RS 5.0/4spd T-top Full Restoration Underway
    1984 Capri RS T-top Roller
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