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Took the 'vert out for a spin, and on a straight empty stretch outside of town I opened her up. At about 90MPH the hood flew up and bent over backwards. Didn't hit the windshield and no one was hurt, thank God. Bent both hinges and I'm certain the hood is only a worthless piece of sheet metal now. Here's the pics from the side of the road:

 

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Both hinges are bent as well. So it looks like I need to find two hood hinges and a new convertible hood. Anyone have something like that sitting in the corner of the garage? I will also need to pay shipping to 89445. Dang the luck! Please let me know if you have any ideas.

Doc

Project started 8-7-10

Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system

Current "mini-project": interior upgrade :-/

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Ouch , that's not good. That right there is why I run the factory latch and hood pins just in case.

351w - Ford racing GT40X 178 cc aluminum heads - Ford racing(crane) 1.7 roller rockers - Comp Cams 280H magnum cam .544" / .544" lift - ARP hardware - hedman longtubes - magnaflow exhaust with X pipe - Duraspark - MSD digital 6al box - MSD TFI coil - optima red top battery - tuff stuff 140 amp alternator - weiand stealth intake  - edelbrock 1406 600 carb  - march pullies and brackets - Be cool fan controller - derale electric fan - FMX trans - motive 4.11 gears - traction lok - lakewood traction bars.                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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That really sucks! I'm glad nobody was hurt, and that the damage was minor. It could have been alot worse!

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Oh that sucks! I've got a standard hood and hinges. Pm sent.

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Ouch! I woulda had to change my underpants after that incident.

Shows that hood pins are not only for show. I feel a lot safer with them as I often push it to 105 mph on the Autobahn.

 

Is the cowl/inner fender area ok, where the hinges are attached?

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I also have a hood I just picked up with some doors in chicago. I needed the doors, I wont be using the hood. If the others don't work out let me know. i'm in Indiana so shipping may be expensive. I have never shipped anything like that and I wouldn't know where to start. Im thinking I may have to add hood pins when the time comes on mine. That would most certainly ruin a great run. Thankfully no one was hurt and you kept calm and didn't wreck, good job. one question underwear still usable? I know mine would be in bad shape. :) Dennis

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Wow Doc!!

 

I am so very glad that no one was apparently injured.

 

As you probably know, the hood is readily available from the Vendors. The problem will be with the shipping, in my opinion. I would think that Mike (Motor City Mustang) or Don (OMS) might also be a possible source for a "used" one.

 

Considering shipping costs, it might serve you better to find one closer where you might be able to pick it up.

 

I am REALLY sorry to read about the incident but again am glad to know no one was injured.

 

Hang in there, my Friend!

 

BT

Do the RIGHT thing.

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Sorry to hear what happened!

Happened to me on a Country Squire Wagon a long time ago.

Glad no one was hurt.

 

Check Craig's, there's always someone replacing their standard hood with a NASA.

 

You might even place an add saying that you looking for a standard hood.

You'd be surprised how many of these hood are laying around in people's garages!

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That was bad, and congratulations for handing the situation so well.

 

I have often worried about my hood flying up and was always checking the hood to make sure it was latched securely. My younger brother had a 73 Mach 1 and we would also run a chain -- same one used to put in his 351 C -- around the pin in the hood and lower radiator support. This was also done to keep people out of his engine compartment. :)

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New NASA hood

New hood hinges w/ springs

Shipped 625.00

 

ADD complete ram air kit 529.95

 

ADD complete twist lock kit 219.95

 

What is bad on the latch side ??? Latch or catch

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Real sorry to hear about this incident. Do you know what actually failed?

I'd be real interested to know as I own one just like yours.

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Thanks for the concerns, everyone. The underwear made it through OK. :) I was fortunate that it was an empty road and the top was down so I had a clear view all around to shut it down and get to the side of the road.

 

Super-Mustang in OK City and Chris71Vert up the coast in Eugene, OR have a line on a couple of hoods. Shipping may be the sticky part. Don - your whole package deal may be the way to go, especially now that the NACA/NASA hood upgrade is sounding more and more interesting.

 

Don and Tom, I don't see anything screwy with the latch mechanism although the hood has always been hard to open after putting it back on after the rebuild. It may have not been latched properly, so the catch may have not been able to save the hood if the hood slipped through the latch.

 

I feel a lot better this morning after not finding much last night. I now have some options. Thanks again, guys!


I don't see any deformity in the cowl area or fender apron, although the top of the passenger fender took a nasty gouge that will take a little body work and paint. :(

Doc

Project started 8-7-10

Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system

Current "mini-project": interior upgrade :-/

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MAN, that was bad.

You did magnificent job in handling the situation, good for you!

 

mike

 

Agree! A less experience driver would have lost it in a situation like that. Magnificent job of maitaining your cool and landing her safely.

 

Jim

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I saw the thread title but didn't read it until today b/c I knew it would be a bad thing to read. I'm glad no one was hurt and glad no more damage than what was shown. That's crazy! Twist locks for me for all my cars now after seeing this. ;)

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So Doc! Was that 90ish or do you need quotes on speedometer as well. Glad your OK!

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Just cruising along minding our own business when BAM!!! The LAWS show up.

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Wow what some guy will do to convince there wife's they need a NASA hood.:D

 

All kidding aside, Holly Crap Doc! Glad to see your OK. I had the same thing happen to me when I was 16. I had a 74 Pinto with a 302 in it and the radiator sat where the hood latch was. The car only had hood pins. One day I pulled the hood pins to check the oil at the same time my mom yelled to me that I had a phone call. So not thinking I ran for the phone. Well after a half hour phone call with the girlfriend out the door I go. Well about 3 house up the road WHAM the hood was in the windshield. The car had a snorkel hood scoop and it didn't take much to fly up. The hood scoop broke the windshield. I was only doing about 30-35 when it flew up. I can't imagine doing 90.:huh:

 

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Wow Doc!!

 

I am so very glad that no one was apparently injured.

 

As you probably know, the hood is readily available from the Vendors. The problem will be with the shipping, in my opinion. I would think that Mike (Motor City Mustang) or Don (OMS) might also be a possible source for a "used" one.

 

Considering shipping costs, it might serve you better to find one closer where you might be able to pick it up.

 

I am REALLY sorry to read about the incident but again am glad to know no one was injured.

 

Hang in there, my Friend!

 

BT

 

+1 to that....Shipping specialy...I use to have to deliver hoods for a autoparts shipping company {shakes head} over 80% of them had to go back due to damages...I hated getting them...cause in the land of shipping..A hood is a big fragile heavy piece...And they almost always get hurt or just flat out crushed...And if you do have to get it shipped..Make sure you open it on the spot and send it right back with the delivery guy if its hurt.

 

That suck man...And i hope it doesnt cost you too much to get it figured out...My freinds 70 cuda did the same thing..After he tuned the carb..Dont know if the latch failed..Or if he failed too fully latch it...In his case..I think he forgot too latch it fully in a rush to try out the new carb.

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Looks like E. 2nd Street to me, not much pavement width out there, good job keeping it on the pavement. I've been thinking about some kind of supplemental security lock, now you've got me thinking safety, too. And, I've been thinking about a NASA hood, too, but don't want to try your way of justifying a new hood. :)

 

 

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The hardest part installing the hood pins was knowing exactly where to drill the hood. I installed the pins and used paint on the tops of them, gently closed the hood to make contact with the hood pins, opened the hood back up and used the paint spots under the hood for a reference point for drilling the hood. It worked out perfect.

351w - Ford racing GT40X 178 cc aluminum heads - Ford racing(crane) 1.7 roller rockers - Comp Cams 280H magnum cam .544" / .544" lift - ARP hardware - hedman longtubes - magnaflow exhaust with X pipe - Duraspark - MSD digital 6al box - MSD TFI coil - optima red top battery - tuff stuff 140 amp alternator - weiand stealth intake  - edelbrock 1406 600 carb  - march pullies and brackets - Be cool fan controller - derale electric fan - FMX trans - motive 4.11 gears - traction lok - lakewood traction bars.                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OMG Doc. Happy all is ok. We all know our projects never end something is always needed. Again glad everyone safe and you wife will still let you go faster than 55.

 

 

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