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Old May 3rd, 2012, 09:08
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Cowl hood the right way

Though I'd share my cowl hood build.

Stripped down to metal.



Marked for the cut.



Cut.



After goofing with the stock hood you relize how flimsy and thin they are. Just cutting and adding strips wont give the hood the strength it needs to hold its shape properly. I used a stick of .25" rod and formed the profile I needed for both sides. These were tacked to place. Next I welded uprights using the same rod to the frame work to support the cowl.



Job well done, reward youself.



Next I used some masking tape to create a pattern.



I cut it out (a little large) and fit it.



After that I ran it through my english wheel to give it some curve and bead roller to roll the shoulders. You don't need these tools to do this but it helps.



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Old May 3rd, 2012, 09:08
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Re: Cowl hood the right way

Now I'm ready to weld it. I scribed a line with the filler panel where cleco'd and trimed the extra part of the hood off so I could butt weld it.



Welding.





Now to add a filler strip to the back.



Screen.





Skim coating. I did this to the whole hood and used a board sander to knock it down and smooth it out.



Primed. I sealed it with Epoxy and did hit it with high build 3 different times with sanding in between.







I blasted the bottom with lizard skin to keep it sealed and quite. Also you can see the supports I made to support the cowl in the middle. There are 4 total.

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Old May 3rd, 2012, 09:12
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Re: Cowl hood the right way

That looks nice & clean. One of the best DIY jobs I've seen.
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 09:13
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Re: Cowl hood the right way

Hope this helps others wanting to do this. These hoods are thin so go slow to help with the warping. If I did it over again I'd probably cut the braces out underneath so I could dolly the panels nice and flat before skim coating.
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 09:15
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That thing is BA. Nice work.
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 09:27
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Re: Cowl hood the right way

Looks great!
For fun, a shot from inside the Jeep?
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 10:54
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Re: Cowl hood the right way

Sure thing.

It's 3'' in the middle and 2 1/2" on the outside to give it a little crown and flow better.



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Old May 3rd, 2012, 11:40
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Re: Cowl hood the right way

Very Nice!
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 12:19
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Re: Cowl hood the right way

That's awesome, looks so great!
Thank you for the pics from inside.
Would love to have that view in my rig.
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 12:26
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WOW! excellent work!
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 12:32
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Nice work !
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 14:24
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where did you pick up your screen?
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 22:32
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Beautifull work... Its a shame how often this is done the lazy way.
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