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Old 10-30-2013, 09:31 PM   #1
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Well I finally decided to tackle the hood pins installation myself, hope I do it right 😁. I have the Shelby aluminum hood pins from AM. It's basically strait forward installation especially since it includes brackets for the pins.
My concerns are what type of drill bit should I use to drill the 5/8 of an inch that I need...
I want to use the right tools since it's a fiberglass hood and don't want it to crack. I saw one video where it shows to drill in reverse to prevent cracking.

Any advice or special tools to use while drilling the holes on my hood... I tried looking for videos and cj ponys has one really good but it's on an aluminum hood, could not find a video with a fiberglass hood.
Any picture of the tool to use will be very useful too

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Use masking tape over the paint to prevent splintering of paint.
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Well I finally decided to tackle the hood pins installation myself, hope I do it right dde01. I have the Shelby aluminum hood pins from AM. It's basically strait forward installation especially since it includes brackets for the pins. My concerns are what type of drill bit should I use to drill the 5/8 of an inch that I need... I want to use the right tools since it's a fiberglass hood and don't want it to crack. I saw one video where it shows to drill in reverse to prevent cracking. Any advice or special tools to use while drilling the holes on my hood... I tried looking for videos and cj ponys has one really good but it's on an aluminum hood, could not find a video with a fiberglass hood. Any picture of the tool to use will be very useful too Thank you
Not sure about special tools. I would get brand new sharp drill bits. I would sprung punch the marks and drill small bit first and work up to 5/8 with a few different sizes. Reversing the drill won't do much. If you use very little pressure and let the drill bit do the work, you should be good. Dull bits and excessive force will crack it for sure. Take your time to measure three times and take your sweet time drilling. It's only two holes. Make sure your angles are right.
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Not sure about special tools. I would get brand new sharp drill bits. I would sprung punch the marks and drill small bit first and work up to 5/8 with a few different sizes. Reversing the drill won't do much. If you use very little pressure and let the drill bit do the work, you should be good. Dull bits and excessive force will crack it for sure. Take your time to measure three times and take your sweet time drilling. It's only two holes. Make sure your angles are right.
I agree with this poster. Lay out your holes precisely, find the absolute dead-center, and drill a tiny pilot hole. Sharp bits, with very little pressure. Let the bits do the cutting, and work up to your final size. Sacrificing a virgin while fasting and praying couldn't hurt, either. You're a braver man than I.
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Thanks a lot guys, I'll be visiting Home Depot soon and look for some nice sharp bits.
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Will you be mounting the pins in the same holes that currently hold the hood bumpers? That way they will already be in the right spots.
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No, they come with brackets that are place with the radiator support. Unscrew the bolts place the brackets and put back the bolts... It's really easy the difficult part will be not cracking the hood when drilling
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It's just about 2 in away from them
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Which drill bit should I use. If I choose the one size bit I would start with smaller hole and move up size until I reach desire size and the one bit will just keep drilling until desire hole has been reach.
Which one you think will be a better portion for a fiberglass hood
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Here another pic of how the pin should look with the brackets
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Which drill bit should I use. If I choose the one size bit I would start with smaller hole and move up size until I reach desire size and the one bit will just keep drilling until desire hole has been reach. Which one you think will be a better portion for a fiberglass hood
Use the standard bits. The step drill will hog through it easier, but it's very easy to drill it too large or the top of the hole is larger than the bottom because you went too far. It's not a precise drill bit. Plus when you start with smaller holes you can lower the hood and see it lining up with the pins.
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Well I finally decided to tackle the hood pins installation myself, hope I do it right ?de01. I have the Shelby aluminum hood pins from AM. It's basically strait forward installation especially since it includes brackets for the pins.
My concerns are what type of drill bit should I use to drill the 5/8 of an inch that I need...
I want to use the right tools since it's a fiberglass hood and don't want it to crack. I saw one video where it shows to drill in reverse to prevent cracking.

Any advice or special tools to use while drilling the holes on my hood... I tried looking for videos and cj ponys has one really good but it's on an aluminum hood, could not find a video with a fiberglass hood.
Any picture of the tool to use will be very useful too

Thank you
Use a step drill or you will make a mess of your hood.
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Use a step drill or you will make a mess of your hood.
Just remember, don't force the drill. You'll be surprised How quickly it cuts through fiberglass. Use a light touch.
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I used small bit i have the same pins on my fiber glass hood as welll but after i made the whole about 1/8 inch or so i started using a dremel to avoid crqcking the paint even with masking tape it was hard avoiding cracking it with drill bits for me at least
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Thanks guys very useful information and advise
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Which drill bit should I use. If I choose the one size bit I would start with smaller hole and move up size until I reach desire size and the one bit will just keep drilling until desire hole has been reach.
Which one you think will be a better portion for a fiberglass hood
I would use the step drill to be safe.
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i have just plain hood pins not sure which kit think its summit, but let me know how those work out cause my sqeak when driving down the road cause fiber glass hood flexes going down the road
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Not sure about special tools. I would get brand new sharp drill bits. I would sprung punch the marks and drill small bit first and work up to 5/8 with a few different sizes. Reversing the drill won't do much. If you use very little pressure and let the drill bit do the work, you should be good. Dull bits and excessive force will crack it for sure. Take your time to measure three times and take your sweet time drilling. It's only two holes. Make sure your angles are right.
Not sure I would use a punch on fiberglass, I'm sure you would crack the paint. Masking tape is always a good idea when dealing with painted things. No need to start with a smaller bit, fiberglass drills quite easily. It also chips really easily. When you start a bigger bit in a smaller hole you risk it chipping.
If you are really careful use the progressive bit. It is designed for things like this. However like stated earlier, you can go to far pretty easily.
If it were me I would just go with the masking tape and a good sharp 5/8 bit. Use a drill with a bubble level on the back if you can to drill the holes straight.
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good video, explains it all
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