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Old 07-24-2012, 10:55 AM   #1
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V6 stock hood is ugly. What are some good ways to spruce it up?

Man, that hood scoop is depressing. So bland and... plastic. I'm wondering what you V6 owners have in mind for some cheaper fixes to the hood that make it look infinitely better. Note: I am looking for an alternative to replacing the hood. This doesn't have to focus strictly on the hood scoop.
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Man, that hood scoop is depressing. So bland and... plastic. I'm wondering what you V6 owners have in mind for some cheaper fixes to the hood that make it look infinitely better. Note: I am looking for an alternative to replacing the hood. This doesn't have to focus strictly on the hood scoop.
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Man, that hood scoop is depressing. So bland and... plastic. I'm wondering what you V6 owners have in mind for some cheaper fixes to the hood that make it look infinitely better. Note: I am looking for an alternative to replacing the hood. This doesn't have to focus strictly on the hood scoop.
There all plastic??

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Man, that hood scoop is depressing. So bland and... plastic. I'm wondering what you V6 owners have in mind for some cheaper fixes to the hood that make it look infinitely better. Note: I am looking for an alternative to replacing the hood. This doesn't have to focus strictly on the hood scoop.
You could go cobra hood? Or Mach one with the shaker
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Not really looking to replace the hood. The hood scoop in the V6 has an ABS plastic inside it, which I've never been a fan of. Same plastic that's in the side scoops (cringe).
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Alternatives are, wrapping your hood with CF vinyl,, installing mach1 hood decal,, GT hood scoop if you have 1 paint it,, installing a mach1 shaker for v6,, detachable cowl... if you don't like any of these just replace your hood with an aftermarket 1...
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Alternatives are, wrapping your hood with CF vinyl,, installing mach1 hood decal,, GT hood scoop if you have 1 paint it,, installing a mach1 shaker for v6,, detachable cowl... if you don't like any of these just replace your hood with an aftermarket 1...
Where is a good place to buy carbon fiber vinyl? Is it easy enough to install by myself?
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Not really looking to replace the hood. The hood scoop in the V6 has an ABS plastic inside it, which I've never been a fan of. Same plastic that's in the side scoops (cringe).
Get the bullet inserts.
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Where is a good place to buy carbon fiber vinyl? Is it easy enough to install by myself?
I recommend the CF vinyl in pepboys, they are selling a hood size for 50$+.. Or there are alot of choices online.. I bought mine in pepboys and installed it my trunk, hood scoop, rear deck lid, rear valance and my interior, it's been a year+ now and no problem at all... very easy to install look for it in YouTube.
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You guys have opinions on the hood pins? Had real ones on my old Camaro.. not sure how they would look on the Mustang.
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GT hood scoop (easy install), lowering springs and wheels/tires, mach 1 grill delete/chin spoiler or Cobra/Roush/Saleen front bumper
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GT hood scoop (easy install), lowering springs and wheels/tires, mach 1 grill delete/chin spoiler or Cobra/Roush/Saleen front bumper
Any cutting of the hood needed for the install of a GT scoop?
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You guys have opinions on the hood pins? Had real ones on my old Camaro.. not sure how they would look on the Mustang.
Seen them on 94-97 stick hood.. And I thought they looked ugly.. Seen them on aftermarket hoods.. Not bad..
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Any cutting of the hood needed for the install of a GT scoop?
It depends on what scoop you have, AM scoop is easy no modifications needed. Gt scoop needs some drilling, you need to drill holes on your hood for installation...
Hood pins look ricey on any stock hoods, they are only good for aftermarket hoods...
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Any cutting of the hood needed for the install of a GT scoop?
I wrote a how to and I have done two, the 01+ hood are FAR easier as the holes and such are there ready to go. The 99 and 00 are harder to do as there are no markings to go by. Its fairly easy overall, just drilling holes and sliding it down/bolting it down with a touch of lock tite on the threads and your done.

if you have a 01-03 you can pop the hood and pull the hood blanket off, look for two slightly bigger than silver dollar (or around that size) that are close to each other towards the back. The center of each is where a hole goes for the back to bolts on the scoop, Can flip the scoop upside down to compare (get a 01-03 scoop the 99GT anniv. scoop is different)

After that you can use cardboard to mark the holes and just match up the back to then use a center punch to mark the rest and rill. For the front 2 angle bolts its not easy but just think about the scoop bolt will be down further on the hood than where it lines up at~ and you can always make that hole a bit bigger with no negatives really. The front bolt is a hard one to center punch since its not right on the surface from the template. Other than that its rather easy.
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Yes, this looks very promising.
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I wrote a how to and I have done two, the 01+ hood are FAR easier as the holes and such are there ready to go. The 99 and 00 are harder to do as there are no markings to go by. Its fairly easy overall, just drilling holes and sliding it down/bolting it down with a touch of lock tite on the threads and your done.

if you have a 01-03 you can pop the hood and pull the hood blanket off, look for two slightly bigger than silver dollar (or around that size) that are close to each other towards the back. The center of each is where a hole goes for the back to bolts on the scoop, Can flip the scoop upside down to compare (get a 01-03 scoop the 99GT anniv. scoop is different)

After that you can use cardboard to mark the holes and just match up the back to then use a center punch to mark the rest and rill. For the front 2 angle bolts its not easy but just think about the scoop bolt will be down further on the hood than where it lines up at~ and you can always make that hole a bit bigger with no negatives really. The front bolt is a hard one to center punch since its not right on the surface from the template. Other than that its rather easy.
Thank you for your very informative response. I will look back at this when installing mine. I apologize for not looking for your previous threads.
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you may can hunt down the install thread when the time comes
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Man, that hood scoop is depressing. So bland and... plastic. I'm wondering what you V6 owners have in mind for some cheaper fixes to the hood that make it look infinitely better. Note: I am looking for an alternative to replacing the hood. This doesn't have to focus strictly on the hood scoop.
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Re: V6 stock hood is ugly. What are some good ways to spruce it up?

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Any cutting of the hood needed for the install of a GT scoop?
very easy install..just a bit of drilling

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It depends on what scoop you have, AM scoop is easy no modifications needed. Gt scoop needs some drilling, you need to drill holes on your hood for installation...
Hood pins look ricey on any stock hoods, they are only good for aftermarket hoods...
i don't agree on this, but i will say that hood pins on a car that has a functioning hood latch looks ricey. however on a stock hood they look fine as far as astetics. just my opinion though
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Re: V6 stock hood is ugly. What are some good ways to spruce it up?

I wrecked my car last winter. My bodyman purchased a genuine Ford Cobra hood for me from Ford... it was $350 shipped to his bodyshop. Best $350 I have spent on my car.

Now my Windstar upper has decent clearance.
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What color should I get the hood scoop, black or red?
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What color should I get the hood scoop, black or red?
red....honestly just slapping a black scoop on there would be ricey to me...it would seem like you cheaped out on the install
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