Can this GS hood section come back from the dead?

Discussion in 'Color is everything!' started by Christopher Spouse Drew, Mar 8, 2019.

  1. Christopher Spouse Drew

    Christopher Spouse Drew Well-Known Member

    So, I talked to a guy near me selling a Skylark, I see a GS hood in the background. I tell him I want it and he says it's very rough, and I thought okay, I'm up for a challenge or I can graph the GS section onto one of my rust free original skylark hoods.

    When he arrived and I saw this hood, I thought Jesus Christ couldn't save it!! But I'm nice I gave him the 40 bucks he wanted for it, and I'm embarrassed to say I paid 40 bucks for it!

    But I'm a positive and adventurous person and I think what my plan is to cut the center section out and restore that, graphing the section onto a non Gs hood will be in the future. For right now I'm just focused on cutting the section out, dustless blast it or whatever works to take all this rust off.

    So my idea is to use the tin and lead technique to restore the center section. If I have to cut and weld new metal on as well, that's fine and I expect to.

    So what are your guys tips? Don' image2 (3).jpeg image1 (1).jpeg t try to talk me out of it! I'm doing it haha
  2. Doo Wop

    Doo Wop Where were you in '62?

    Call a priest and give that hood the "Last Rites".
  3. 2001ws6

    2001ws6 last of the v8 interceptors

    Holy Crap! :eek:
  4. Christopher Spouse Drew

    Christopher Spouse Drew Well-Known Member

    lmao I know guys, I know!
  5. Smartin

    Smartin Staff Member

    hot garbage
  6. Electra man

    Electra man Older and Slower

    Well if you replace the frame of it then replace the sheet metal on top you'll have something you can use. Seriously it's toast.
  7. Christopher Spouse Drew

    Christopher Spouse Drew Well-Known Member

    skyhood2.jpeg sky hood.jpeg I know guys, its bad, you dont have to tell me haha but im only looking at the center scoop section, the rest of the hood is going back in the lake it was in haha

    This is the other hood i have that I would weld the GS section onto after restoring it. Its not the easy way, but I never do things the easy way. I like doing this **** haha
  8. Duane

    Duane Member

    "..............but im only looking at the center scoop section"

    The center scoop section is rotted out in front of both hood inserts. There is nothing there that's usable, and if you did try to fix it, the engine heat would play havoc with all the body work in that area. Do yourself a favor and scrap it now before you spend tons of time/money on something that will fall apart and get thrown away later.

    You would be much better off trying to do that by taking that section out of another hood that was damaged in the front. I am sure if you posted a parts wanted ad you could pick up something nice very cheaply.
  9. Christopher Spouse Drew

    Christopher Spouse Drew Well-Known Member

    Its repairable. anything is repairable! Just takes some time and a plan.

    And i have never found a wrecked hood by me, Its hard enough to find any hood for a skylark, let alone a GS hood, wrecked or not.
    techg8 likes this.
  10. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    engine heat will not play a factor in Its longevity, metal prep and material application will tho. Cut it out an inch beyond the contours and then media blast in a cabinet preferably. Then epoxy prime and start fitting and welding. Refer to my cliff notes on how to go about the welding and fitting. For the area in front of the scoops, I would repair from the back side with patches attached with structural adhesive
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2019
  11. Christopher Spouse Drew

    Christopher Spouse Drew Well-Known Member

    You're the man hugger! i knew you would offer some good advice! Im going to cut it sunday!
  12. 436'd Skylark

    436'd Skylark Sweet Fancy Moses!!!!!

    VFN fiberglass hoods fit very nice and are much cheaper in the long run.. even the hoods for 1000-1200 need work before they are "good"
  13. Briz

    Briz Platinum Level Contributor

    I paid more for the center section that was used on my first Riv hood. U did ok.
  14. Dr. Roger

    Dr. Roger Stock enthusiast

    So I've seen folks cut out the ram air portion and weld it into a stock skylark hood. I've peeled the skin off a crushed GS hood and welded it onto a good skylark hood frame. The pics look like the metal is pretty thin around the ram-air portion (if those are rust holes that I see). Not sure there would be thick enough metal to weld that section into another hood. It might be doable, but you would need a lot of patches to fill in the parts that have rusted through.
  15. Jim Weise

    Jim Weise 1000+HP

    I tend to be in the "why bother" camp... I very much doubt your going to do any welding to that skin, it's way too thin.. Like Hugger said, panel bond is your friend..

    but I would not bother, GS hoods are not that hard to find, and TPP has had a repop in the making here for a few years, you should call and ask Joe how it's coming along.

  16. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    If you pick up a hole punch/flange tool you could flange the hood side blast the newly made flange with a hand held blaster then epoxy prime then with the cut and fitted scoop section lay it on the flange. You would want the scoop section just slightly smaller than the edge of the flange then set and clamp in place. That will keep the two surfaces level for the most part then grind with a fresh 24/36 grit disc and then use duraglass around the seam, push it in good and tight.

    Turn hood over clen up the push thru, then cap it with structural adhesive. Trying to lay the center section over the existing panel would be "easier" as far as just getting it on there would but require a lot larger repair area. Done correctly and carefully you could keep the repair area to around 6in wide if you flange it, vs stretching it out 12in or more in every direction if you just layed it on top
  17. wkillgs

    wkillgs Gold Level Contributor

    Unless you are already an expert metal fabricator and welder, you could learn a lot from the 'MP&C Shop Projects' thread over on the Garage Journal board. Lots of step-by step instruction with pics. It's up to 153 pages but the first couple detail some fairly simple metal patchwork.

    I'd start your project by removing the rusted frame and soak the scoop area in Evaporust to clean it up and see what you have to work with. Trying to blast the rust away will warp it and make it worse. Light blasting is usually ok, but get the worst off with chemicals first.

    It's metal.... you can weld it, stretch it, shrink it, and form it. One thing I learned from the MP&C thread is to look at the project as one step, one process, at a time..... it's not just one repair, it's a series of repairs to accomplish the desired goal. Take your time and think out the necessary steps.

    I'm not yet familiar with the adhesives Hugger mentioned, but I've heard lots of good things about them. As mentioned, preparation is extremely important.
  18. Christopher Spouse Drew

    Christopher Spouse Drew Well-Known Member

    I love using evaporust on all my rusty projects and I was definatley thinking about dumping the center section in it, i just bought a gallon the other day.

    I will definately check out that thread and ill look at huggers thread. It will be a challenge but I like a challenge! Its a beat up GS hood, but I cant see it just go in the trash with out just trying..Ill update you guys, I want to cut it tonight.
  19. Christopher Spouse Drew

    Christopher Spouse Drew Well-Known Member

    Here it is boys! Just cut it out! Now looking at this, it looks pretty daunting. Now its either I have some fun and try to fix this or I use this as guide and try to make a new one out of sheet metal and ill shape it. I've always wanted to do that. Anyone know the gauge thickness the skin is?

    Attached Files:

  20. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    Another option: clean it up best you can coat it in bees wax then make a mold out of fiberglass....trying to hammer that kind of shape out by hand is all but impossible, would have better luck building a hover board
    dynaflow likes this.

Share This Page