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    MSX hood repair

    I picked up an extra hood for cheap on Ebay. It happened to come with a sun beaten windshield. Here is my repair and plan for both pieces.

    The hood had cracks in the area where the mounting bolts attach to the hood. The trusty plastic welder to the rescue again.

    I started by grinding a v groove in the cracks.

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    The little blob you see was where i was testing weld rods to see what type of plastic I was dealing with. The polycarbonate rod did the trick. After grinding the V groove, melt some weld rod into the groove.

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    After melting the rod into the groove, take the iron and melt the rod and all of the surrounding plastic together. It will look kind of ugly, but thats ok. After its all done, you can sand/grind the repair smooth. I had to smooth it some to make sure the hood hinge fits in the recess in the hood.
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    I bent and twisted the repair area, and it appears at least as strong as the original unbroken side. If you wanted to add more strength, you could melt in some stainless steel mesh. It looks just like window screen but its stiffer. This hood should be good to go. I will be flipping it over and sanding it so it can be painted.


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    Whats the third hole for?!!!

    Looks great. I've got a mint black hood but the exact same parts are broken off. I'll have to see what a plastic welder looks like. A soldering iron with a thick flat tip???

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    Windshield repair

    This hood also had a windshield that was really rough and sun beaten, and it had 2 cracks in it. I used the same method to repair the cracks in it. Unfortunately, the repair doesn't blend in so the windshield will also need to be painted or some other choice. I am going to look into having it hydrodipped.
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    This is what it looks like after sanding with 320 grit
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    Hopefully I will have this piece done in a week or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilman573 View Post
    Whats the third hole for?!!!

    Looks great. I've got a mint black hood but the exact same parts are broken off. I'll have to see what a plastic welder looks like. A soldering iron with a thick flat tip???

    This is what I use.

    http://www.urethanesupply.com/Airless-Welders-1/5600HT/

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    Primer and paint

    Got the hood all primed and painted. I had a few small small chips to deal with. Unfortunately I had a few sags in the clear. I will have to sandand polish it all tomorrow. A few dirt specs in the clear as well. Thats almost impossible to control when painting in a garage.

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    NICE !!!!

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    That grey looks very familiar .I did some glassing on the rear grab bar to stop the cracking and will put the sleeves on to stop it from happening again. The center was scarred pretty good from loose handlebars before I got it. Found the center section NOS for $25 on eBay. I figure if I mess the old one up, no harm no foul right?

    My local autoparts store says it has the paint so I might go take a look. I've got a photo sample of the decal so I can make sure the color looks good.

    I need to go back to your gauge in mirror post, I've got a tach, AFR, and LCD to mount in there! Hope it all fits!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilman573 View Post
    That grey looks very familiar .I did some glassing on the rear grab bar to stop the cracking and will put the sleeves on to stop it from happening again. The center was scarred pretty good from loose handlebars before I got it. Found the center section NOS for $25 on eBay. I figure if I mess the old one up, no harm no foul right?

    My local autoparts store says it has the paint so I might go take a look. I've got a photo sample of the decal so I can make sure the color looks good.

    I need to go back to your gauge in mirror post, I've got a tach, AFR, and LCD to mount in there! Hope it all fits!

    Hardest part is getting the glass out of the mirror. Lightly pry up on it while pouring some solvent under the edge of the glass. It will release eventually. I have removed glass from a few mirrors and managed to only break one. The mirrors aren't very deep inside, so the gauge cant be too big.

    For the cracked grab bar, I would have just repaired the cracks with the plastic welder. Its the same plastic as the hood I think.

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    Your probably right about the grab bar, but I like that the washers will rest on the glass instead of the plastic.

    I will try that solvent trick thanks!

    Just got back from the store. Went to three and none carried that shade. But I did find some really good colors I might try.

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    I bought the red paint at an Auto Zone. Not all of them carry that color on the shelf. The store I went to is also the local warehouse for all of the other Auto Zone stores.

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