Lining up a hood
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10-04-2008, 09:06 AM #1
Lining up a hood
So I bought a new 3-inch cowl induction Sunoco Style hood from liberatyfiberglass.com. It lines up well right out of the box I'm just having a couple of problems. One is that the latch I can get the hood to latch but I can't get it the hood to pop when I pull the hood release latch. Not a big deal I can probably fix with some extra tweaking. The main problem I'm having is that the hood isn't flush near the front quater pannels by the windshield. The hood is sticks out about 1/3 of an inch from being flush with the Celli wet(spelling) of car. Is there anyway to flex fiberglass or mold it so I can get a more flush look without destorying the structual integrity of the hood?
Mods: SLP Flowpac Cold Air Induction Package, 160 Thermo, TB bypass, SLP (Clutch, Pressure Plate, Flywhell), Skip Shift Elminator, UMI (SFC, Tower Brace, LCA, Torque Arm, Panhand Bar), no cats, Moser 9" w/ 3.89 gears, 5.0 short throw, Strano Springs, Koni single adj, '94 OEM ZR-1 wheels
10-04-2008, 05:09 PM #2
10-04-2008, 05:17 PM #3
I just bought a Tru-fiber hood and have spent a week tweeking my fenders and hinges. Post some pics so I can see what your taking about and I'll try to help.
10-05-2008, 10:10 AM #4
10-06-2008, 06:15 AM #5
No I haven't. Going to take some pics. of it today. I may need a little help posting pics on a thread.
10-06-2008, 05:51 PM #6
Here are some pics of the outside problems. Getting the hood open is a two man job. Will have enternal engine bay pics tomorrow. Note I have already taken out all rubber stops for hood adjustment.
10-06-2008, 05:53 PM #7
Lets try this again.
Hopefully this works!
10-06-2008, 08:19 PM #8
10-07-2008, 04:35 PM #9
What exactly do you mean by ream? I didn't have anytime today to get under the hood photos but will do that tomorrow.
-Thanks for your help.
10-07-2008, 05:19 PM #10
Probably doesn't make much sense unless yours bolts up the same though, but hopeefully you'll get the just of it.
10-07-2008, 06:24 PM #11
Anyway you could provide pictures.
10-07-2008, 06:42 PM #12
10-07-2008, 07:08 PM #13
My photo editor skills are crappy but hope you get the idea. The green circles show the stock holes in the hinge. The red slots show the area that I reamed out. By doing this it will give you more adjustment up and down. Hope that makes sense. Sorry for the crappy pic.
10-09-2008, 07:51 AM #14
- Join Date
- Jul 2008
Liberty Fiberglass, Cincy Compositists, Champion, Cobra Auto Designs, 877 Hoods, Hoods 4 less, Hoods 4 Sale, the list of names go on and on for this company...which are all the same. Most of these hoods are sold on ebay, and when there is bad feedback about their products or problems, they change their name.
There is a 13 page post on why not to purchase from this company which you can find here:
If you read through this thread, you will find that the attorney general is going after this company for shady business practices.
And here's another:
This company makes quickie molds directly from other companies' hoods - like our VFN 3" Sunoco Hood that WE designed and they pulled a mold from. And sold the product to you, which is what you're showing there. We're not the only company they've stolen from, they've taken both US Exotics and Cervini hoods and made molds off their product - on the Cervini design, you can still see the name Cervini in the hood that this company sells. US Exotics, Cervinis and ourselves all make a high quality product, which is NOT what you get from this company.
There are unfortunately a lot of problems with this company and with both fitting issues and finish (air bubbles under the surface that become apparent when you attempt to paint the hood), which you can clearly see from this board (the link above) - not just my word.
Please use caution when purchasing from them.
10-10-2008, 05:39 AM #15
Yes my hood hinges are excatly like that of a Trans Am. Thanks for the pictures. I'm going to get on that this weekend! Thanks for all of your help.
10-10-2008, 05:52 AM #16
10-12-2008, 08:56 AM #17
- Join Date
- Jan 2006
- The great red state of MD.
- 2001 Trans Am (sold)
Ya I had to dremel the crap out of my hinges to get my US Exotics hood to fit.
10-12-2008, 04:11 PM #18
Ya I had to butcher my hood where the hood sets on top of the hinges. After I reamed out the wholes on the hood hinges I discovered that they hit the hood. Then being a rookie I was too hasty and hacked and slashed a little to much under the hood. But the hood lines up better, check it out.
Still needs a little more work! *sigh*
10-12-2008, 04:22 PM #19
Anyone on here have any NEGATIVE input about Sun Coast Creations hoods with fitment issues?
Last edited by Sunset T/A; 10-12-2008 at 04:25 PM.2002 Sunset Orange TransAm 6 spd.
10-12-2008, 05:49 PM #20
I was thinking about purchasing a hood from Sun Coast until I found another hood like the Sun Coast hood online for almost have the price from libertyfiberglass.com. I would not recommend getting a hood from them. You can see how bad the hood intially lined up with my car from the previous posts. But I haven't hear anything negative about Sun Coast.
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