Fiberglass Mustang Hoods '05-'09
Adding a Fiberglass Mustang Hood can increase cold air flow,
decrease heat and drastically change the look of your Mustang.
Fiberglass hoods for Mustangs have been around since the 1960's and have
evolved over time while getting stronger, lighter, more functional and
Some of us old school Gearheads remember the Mustang fiberglass hoods
from the original Mustangs; the GT350 and GT500KR were outfitted with
fiberglass hoods. Back in the day fiberglass hoods were used as a
weight savings measure. It was not uncommon for OEM from the 60's to
weigh in access of 100 lbs, these hoods were thick gauge steel, lined
with a felt-like material and help up by massive springs.
was first developed in 1932 by the Owens company which later became
Owens Corning. Initially used in the aviation industry to replace
molded wood. Fiberglass caught on in the 1950's in the production of
boats and sports cars. Saving weight was the advantage with fiberglass
and owning a fiberglass hoods became the desire of many drag racing
enthusiasts. The formula was simple decrease weight and go faster.
of the issues of early fiberglass hoods were the Hood Spring Mechanism
they were too strong and caused the fiberglass hoods to bow. The OEM
Hood Spring Mechanism were designed to work with the heavier steel hoods
not the lightweight fiberglass hoods. Sometimes mixing aftermarket
parts with OEM designs does not make a winning combination.
Let's fast-forward to 2012, there are many fiberglass Mustang Hoods
on the market today in many different styles from cowl, retro look to
Super Snake. One thing that has not changed is that all fiberglass
hoods require proper prepping before paint and proper prepping means blocking sanding. Don't be fooled by a paint shop that tells you they can paint a fiberglass hood for $400.....RUN LIKE HELL.
I recently visited a local Mustang Speed Shop here in San Diego and one
of their customers had his 2007 GT500 there being serviced, the Shelby
was outfitted with a Venom Hood by Trufiber, whoever did the painting
did a HORRIBLE job, the hood had more orange
peel than a grapefruit and was not properly block sanded or wet sanded.
My guess is the hood was painted for under $500 and it showed.
Suncoast Hood being block sanded
above photo shows a Suncoast fiberglass Hood being block sanded by our
shop, notice how putty was applied to even out low spots. Several hours
went into block sanding and getting the hood ready for paint, this was
not a $400 job. We also use top quality materials like PPG Deltronpaint
and PPG 2021 clear. Once finished the hood is wet sanded with 800,
1,500 and 3,000 grit sandpaper followed up with a few different
compounds for polishing and buffing.
Finished Hood painted by Bangastang
This hood was crated up and shipped to one of our customers on the East Coast, he was very happy with the finished product.