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#1477566 Mon Dec 05 2022 01:14 AM
Joined: Jan 2008
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I need a hood for my ‘53 pickup. I have one with no dents, and a few dime sized rust holes where the support bracket is underneath. It’s very pitted from sitting in the woods so long. I’ll have a fair amount of work in it by the time it’s ready to be painted. Am I better off putting the work into this one, or are the aftermarket hoods pretty good quality? Are all aftermarket hoods the same or are some better?

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A teacher, but always an apprentice.
That thin metal on the hood at the back will be very difficult to repair, especially if you’re a novice. I’d consider myself a “good novice” and I wouldn’t want to try to fix that.

I’d find an original replacement. I have purchased quite a few aftermarket panels and VERY few fit like they’re suppose to.

I’ve done (among others);

Cab corners- had to tweak a little on some, others were “WHAT THE FIVE SENSE…” not even close, cut it apart to start. I haven’t had one simply slide into place.

RH 70 bedside- I had to cut out the rear taillight section and weld in an original corner because the contour was out 3/8”. A pile of work. The left side was pretty good. Tailgate from mar-k was good.

Replacement doors - 1970. The rh was pretty good, we shall see. The LH was brutal. I used an original LH door and reskinned it. The lower inner tubs were close, but again required quite a bit of work.

Floor panels, kick panels, fender patch panels, all required trimming, tweaking, welding to get right.

In other words, it’s a rcap shoot in my opinion. Search out an original. You’ll be happier you did.

If you do go aftermarket, don’t paint it until you test fit everything around/under it. You’ll be glad you did.

Last edited by Fox; Mon Dec 05 2022 04:09 AM.

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If you go repop, I would be leery of the seamless ones… I would think the seam improves rigidity, seamless to be more flexible.

Age 68 is not too late to start hot rodding , right?
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Originally Posted by Waveski
If you go repop, I would be leery of the seamless ones… I would think the seam improves rigidity, seamless to be more flexible.

Are you talking about the one piece hoods vs original style two piece hood?

1939 Packard Standard Eight Coupe (The Phantom)
1950 Chevrolet 3100 (Ol' Roy)
1956 Cadillac Coupe de Ville (The Bismarck)
1966 Oldsmobile Toronado (The Purple Knif)
1966 Ford Mustang (Little Red)
1964 Ford Galaxie 500 coupe
1979 Ford F-100
1976 Ford F-150 (Big Red)
1995 Ford F-150 (Newt)

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