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Sadly I probably won't get to start this until spring arrives, but I went to the dealer today and ordered a GT500 hood heat extractor. Yep, I've going to be cutting the hood on my baby. It should be in tomorrow or Friday, then I'll take pics for you guys.
 

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the thought of cutting my hood is slightly terrifying but I know your a pretty crafty person... Looking forward to see parts and install pic's
 

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Plz do keep us posted step by step, i relly want to change the hood of my 13 to.
By the way how much was it?
 

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Sadly I probably won't get to start this until spring arrives, but I went to the dealer today and ordered a GT500 hood heat extractor. Yep, I've going to be cutting the hood on my baby. It should be in tomorrow or Friday, then I'll take pics for you guys.
Omg, I'm scared 4 you! It will look great when its done though! How do you plan on cutting the slot? I have almost 20 years exp in sheet metal "welded/fabricater" so let me know if I can be of any help to you!
 

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Dremel and a reinforced cutting disc I think. I wish I had an air compressor and a cutting wheel, but I don't. I may look into buying a electric one, if it's cheap.
 

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Dremel and a reinforced cutting disc I think. I wish I had an air compressor and a cutting wheel, but I don't. I may look into buying a electric one, if it's cheap.
Make sure when your cutting to always keep it cold. Heat is your enemy! Go inch by inch using coolant every step of the way to prevent any kind of warping and it will look great. Still a little worried that you might get some deformation. Sheet metal can be very unforgiving if not done carefully, especially on a finished product. Remember pics, pics pics. : )
 

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piece of cake. i have done a few shaker installs before and these hoods cut really easy. Aluminum.

Remove heat blanket from under hood.

Place old sheet and then cardboard over engine so metal shavings do not get into engine / all over the place. Prop hood open slightly with wood blocks wrapped in bubble wrap so that they dont mar anything and stay secured. Propping hood up a few inches will ensure you dont cut any hoses or into the intake etc.

Cover the cutting area of the top of the hood and surrounding area with lots of painters tape. Get it where you want it and centered. Draw template on tape using a pencil to mark the lines. (no going back from here lol) Cut center of template out with exacto knife etching into the paint on the hood. Peel out the center tape. The inside edge left in the center will be your cut line for the jigsaw.

Next step.The cut will / should give you enough room to install the heat extractor insert with about an 1/8 of an inch on all sides to center it up so no worries on getting to tight. Drill a hole using a hole saw drill bit close to an inside edge of the template area (where paint is now exposed from you peeling out center tape).

Time to make the cut. Be sure to use / have sharp metal blades and change the blades out a few times so you stay sharp using a variable speed jig saw. apply firm pressure so the saw doesnt jump too. Everytime you get to a corner. Stop. Run some tape to keep the inside part you are cutting out from flapping up and down. It will stop the blade from seizing up and keep the cut sharp. The hood is easily dented as it is aluminum. Keep the saw flat on the hood and use pressure downward so the saw does not jump. Having someone blow air on it will also be helplul so you can see the cut line clear and will keep all the shavings away from you.

Now the center is out. Re-install the heat blanket with a clip or two to secure it so you can trace the opening for the heat extractor with a piece of chalk. Uninstall it and place it on a piece of cardboard on the ground and cut the center out with an exacto knife.

Reinstall the heat blanket completely. Clean the top side of the hood and cut edge with prep sol or rubbing alcohol. Use some self etching primer on the exposed inside edge to avoid paint peeling in the future. Touch up paint the edge. Use 3m Adhesion promoter sticks along edge. Use 3m tape along edge of heat extractor/ pull off tape strip protector. Center up and apply firm pressure. Take pictures of finished job and post them here. Crack open a beer for a job well done. :)
 

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piece of cake. i have done a few shaker installs before and these hoods cut really easy. Aluminum.

Remove heat blanket from under hood.

Place old sheet and then cardboard over engine so metal shavings do not get into engine / all over the place. Prop hood open slightly with wood blocks wrapped in bubble wrap so that they dont mar anything and stay secured. Propping hood up a few inches will ensure you dont cut any hoses or into the intake etc.

Cover the cutting area of the top of the hood and surrounding area with lots of painters tape. Get it where you want it and centered. Draw template on tape using a pencil to mark the lines. (no going back from here lol) Cut center of template out with exacto knife etching into the paint on the hood. Peel out the center tape. The cut will / should give you enough room to install the heat extractor insert with about an 1/8 of an inch on all sides to center it up. Clean with prep sol or rubbing alcohol. Use some self etching primer on the exposed inside edge to avoid paint peeling in the future. Touch up paint the edge. Use 3m Adhesion promoter sticks along edge. 3m tape along edge of heat extractor/ pull off tape strip protector. Center up and apply firm pressure.

Next step. Drill a hole using a hole saw drill bit close to an inside edge of the template area (where paint is now exposed from you peeling out center tape) and be sure to sharp metal blades and change the blades out a few times so you stay sharp using a variable speed jig saw. apply firm pressure so the saw doesnt jump too. The hood is easily dented as it is aluminum.
Nice! That should really help him out.
 

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$95 for the install or part?
Part. I'll be installing it myself.

Thanks for the advice but I'm not sure if I want to play with a jigsaw. I have one and we don't communicate well. lol
 

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ah.. well then you are a smart smart man. :) Then just skip to the last step and post the pics and crack open a beer. :) The heat Extractor might even come with a template already. A few years ago a buddy of mine got one out of a wrecked GT500 and installed it on his 05-09 GT. Made the template out of cardboard and just measured it all out and took his time with it. It came out great. Lots of import guys buy these too and mod their hoods. Love that you are going the old school hot rod way about it instead of just buying a GT500 hood for 500 off of ebay. Good luck man. Looking forward to seeing it.
 

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You laugh, but it's like this:

Me: OK, lets cut this small radius.
Jigsaw: Sure thing! Omnomnom.
Me: Now, we've got to start turning a bit, bear with me.
Jigsaw: No problem boss, just tell me where to... oh look, precious material that looks like it doesn't want touched. I bet it tastes good! Omnonomnom.
Me: Why did you just jump out and put 5 dents in my project?
Jigsaw: Seemed like a good idea at the time.

:disgust: Jigsaws... They just don't listen.
 

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You laugh, but it's like this:

Me: OK, lets cut this small radius.
Jigsaw: Sure thing! Omnomnom.
Me: Now, we've got to start turning a bit, bear with me.
Jigsaw: No problem boss, just tell me where to... oh look, precious material that looks like it doesn't want touched. I bet it tastes good! Omnonomnom.
Me: Why did you just jump out and put 5 dents in my project?
Jigsaw: Seemed like a good idea at the time.

:disgust: Jigsaws... They just don't listen.
Lmao.
 

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You laugh, but it's like this:

Me: OK, lets cut this small radius.
Jigsaw: Sure thing! Omnomnom.
Me: Now, we've got to start turning a bit, bear with me.
Jigsaw: No problem boss, just tell me where to... oh look, precious material that looks like it doesn't want touched. I bet it tastes good! Omnonomnom.
Me: Why did you just jump out and put 5 dents in my project?
Jigsaw: Seemed like a good idea at the time.

:disgust: Jigsaws... They just don't listen.
+1000 lol
 

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Without further adieu... I ended up getting it for $91 and change after taxes.
 

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