I really like the Blackout Treatment of the hood on our 1973 Mach 1. I have no photo of the original photo, and I used the template from Graphic Express to paint our current schema 2 1/2 years ago during its deep restoration. I also used the paint template (vs decal) for the "351 RAM AIR" call-out characters, again from Graphics Express. But, please be aware that the hood blackout template from Graphics Express, despite looking really good, may not be made to factory specs. I suggest you check with Dave Fowler
(a member of this group) for the correct dimensions of the hood blackout schema, if you are after factory perfection. By the time we used their template it was too late for me to listen to Dave, as the deed had been done. Still, right or wrong I think the way our hood turned out looks great.
Here is a link showing how our Mach 1 turned out. I opted to add all of the Mach 1 related bling, to our Mach 1, to include the rear spoiler, rear window Louver Slats, and Dzus hood hold-down hardware. The front spoiler came with the car when we acquired it. We also used the side and rear Mach 1 stripes from Graphics Express
Walk-around video of our Mach 1:
The main paint color is PHH Sunset Orange, a translucent, fine particle metallic shot over a base white to get the candy effect
The black-out surfaces were shot win PHH Hot Rod Black Matte.
Some links to Graphics Express:
This is a stencil, not a decal:
If you want to have the main body color to appear through the black=out paint for the call-out characters select the "template" option as opposed to a decal color at:
If you want to install the Dzus hood hold down hardware, be sure to get a complete kit with the latch extensions, otherwise you might end up with hood locks being set back too far from the hood's leading edge, with a goofy lock like this seen in the attached photo. If you zoom in on the attached photo of the hood you will see the Dzus hood hold downs are set back far too much from the leading edged of the hood. That is because "someone" (certainly, not me, seriously,. I know better, even before seeing this photo). The under-hood locking mechanisms were bolted directly to the radiator support metal. like we would have done in the pre-1971 Mustangs. But, the hoods on the 71-73 Mustangs are longer then we see on pre-1971 Mustangs. The 1970 and earlier Mustangs have their radiator support metal is located in an ideal position for the hood hold-down to be placed. But, clearly, with the longer hoods for 71-73 we need to alter the mounting to make certain the hood hold0down equipment does not turn out looking goofy.
Here is where I got out Dzus parts from: