Sat May 29, 2004 10:01 am


Many times, when the spot welded bracket breaks off, it takes the weld with it and leaves a round hole in the hood. That creates the illusion that something was bolted there.
Over the years those brackets take a real beating. I almost never find a hood that doesn't require some weld repair in that area. More certain is the need for welding on the bottom of the instrument panel. These ALWAYS require welding.

Ah`Hah, George, Your explaination tells me why the 2-holes are left so neatly in the hood when the spot-weld and the bracket separates from the hood. Do you think it would be a good idea to add a couple of tack-weld spots to the other bracket that has not separated yet for added reinforcement?. __ I am also going to have to do a lot of repair to the bottom of instrument panel.

Sat May 29, 2004 10:56 am

This clears things up. I will now weld the brackets and remove the screws. I wasn't sure which was correct as I had 1 welded and 2 bolted.
Still glad you posted the picture hr's49 :D :D

Sat May 29, 2004 11:55 am

Donny M wrote:This clears things up. :D :D

8) 8) The fog has finally lifted above the Pollock Pines. :roll:

Sat May 29, 2004 4:20 pm

Guess I'll tack mine on too. Probably explains why there were no brackets listed in the parts manual, they're part of the hood...maybe??
As far as the gas cap, I don't think anyone would compromise safety just to be original. I think John's comment was to the "appearance" that I had an original cap in good shape. Trust ain't. It merely keeps the bugs out of the tank while my safety caps are on order. I don't traverse hills and I don't fill the tank very full. Thanks for the clarification on the hood. It's how us novices learn.

Sat May 29, 2004 4:24 pm

What are you doing tomorrow

See that thing supporting the weight of the hood?? Gonna hitch up to it and wet a hook!! :P :D :D

Sat May 29, 2004 9:41 pm

Man do I wish I could invite myself. It wouldn't embarrass me one bit. I can cut bait pretty good. :lol: :lol: :lol:

With the sale of this house now pending I could use the R&R.

Sun May 30, 2004 12:45 am

Well, you were close not too long ago, if you were talking to Dan England, you were less than 2 hrs. away. The boat stays ready this time of year. Fish in the mornings, pull the kids on the inter-tube later in the day.
C'mon down!!