zach69grande

to cut or not to cut

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So, I picked up an OEM hood from a guy. Got it cheeeaaap. no dents, no holes, little surface rust and some scratches... but a really nice original plain hood. 

I really want to put a shaker on my car. 

Shaker hoods are expensive. 

Is there enough demand out there for original hoods, or should I just cut this one and never look back?

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Offer to trade someone that has a shaker cut hood already.

if that doesn't come though, cut away

 

remember, you are not damaging the hood, you are using it on your car

 

bob

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Thanks. That's really the angle I was going for, but wanted to check just in case there would be a massive outcry of "NOOO why God Why??" about the OE hood. 

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1 hour ago, 1969Fstback said:

I'd break out the sawzall and not even thing twice about it.  

Me too 

Just make sure it's braced well before cutting seen some terrible looking attempts, It's harder to find another good one than doing it right.

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HA. yes! I can think of more than one project where unfortunately i needed to use just a slightly larger washer or trim piece than planned....

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I used a hole saw to cut the four corners so that I would have a nice smooth radius in the corners and then cut the edges with an angle grinder fitted with a 1mm thick cutting disc, worked great, give the edges a quick file and it turned out perfect.

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You have to be careful ,a hole saw and a cutoff wheel can cause enough heat to cause the opening edges to warp ,that is why i use a body saw on all sheet metal cutting

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Back in the day, my friend at a stereo shop, had a tool called a "nibular cutter" made by makita, shavings were a half moon shape

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I've done a fare bit of sheet metal cutting in the last few months and found an air powered nibler invaluable. Two things. Buy a good one and you need a decent compressor that won't run out of puff every 10 seconds. This was a good excuse to buy a new compressor as well. Sometimes I need to justify my spending and an excel spreadsheet won't always work.

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