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I cut some holes in my hood - NEW VENTS INSTALLED

Well I finally got enough "balls" to cut 2 big holes in my hood. :cheers:

I decided to take the hood off and do it off the vehical. After some debate, I decided it would be better to draw the lines on the bottom side so I knew exactly where I was cutting in relation to the supports.

I decided to go with Chrysler LeBaron Turbo vents. These are very common on the XJ's, and I liked the looks of them more than any other's that I had seen. I used the same paint (semi-flat black) that I used on my rock rails, and rear quarter guards.

I stripped the hood of the material on the inside, and removed my engine light.



I than placed some tape in the area I was going to be working in. I did not want to scratch the hood (yes it's the inside but still...). This would also allow me to draw my lines where I needed to cut.



I than placed the vents where I thought they looked and fit best.



I than placed the vent on the hood, and traced it with a pen.



Now, you'll NOT want to cut on these lines, as if I did I would of cut to big of a hole. I measered aprox 3/8" inside of this line and drew another line.

I also decided that since I was going to be cutting from the backside, I probally should place some tape on the other side to help prevent chipping.



It's no turning back now.

I started out with a dremel tool, but it was just not going fast enough. So I turned to the jigsaw.





One side done, one side to go...



And the other side done.



I had to make up some brackets. I ended up using 1/2 x 3/4 angle, and aprox 1.5" long. I than drilled a hole in the center of the 3/4 side for the bolt. I used stainless hardware, to prevent rusting in the future.

One side installed.



Both installed, a view from the top.



And than re-installed the hood.







Overall I'm pritty happy with the results. This should work good with my new cooling system I'll be putting in. I did ditch the hood spacer's for the moment. They will probally go back in once I start trying to fit the supercharger in for clearance.

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Now those are sexy!!!

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Nice Adam

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Very nice... Might be looking into doing that for mine too.  I like the way that they look.

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Those look awsome!

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Looks clean and an excellent writeup as well. Where did ya get those Lebaron hood louvers?

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Looks real good , I may just get the nerve to put some real vents/louvers in.....Oh and I like your work shop....

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CHEROKEE666 wrote:

.....Oh and I like your work shop....




Yeah, it keeps getting better.  This time he went for the bedroom!

I need to build my man a garage, ey?



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dogwonk wrote:

 

Yeah, it keeps getting better. This time he went for the bedroom!

I need to build my man a garage, ey?

 



UH HUH.... biggrin

 



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I took a pic of mine from straight on almost a close up. This was one angle that I was trying to find to help see how other lined them up. Here is the pic, hope it helps people in the future.



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Yours are a bit different than mine. I kept mine parallel to the body line on the hood, yours look like they are parallel to the the front of the Jeep.

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That was what I couldn't tell from the pics.  That was why I posted that pic.

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#1: I see the Harley nation and the Jeep nation have something in common- the owners work on their vehicle in their housebiggrin.

#2: Thanks Adam for the step by step process for every one to view(extremely helpful)

#3: I see the hood vents are availiable through Motion Offroad - my question is do you guys have the mounting hardware availiable that you used as well. I do not have the equipment at my house to fab anything.

#4: Dogwonk- yeah he needs a garagebiggrin. The whole family will benefit from it. Thats what I told my wife anywaysmile



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They don't have the equipment, at least I didn't get any. 

I might have some left over I will look.  All you need is a hack saw and a drill to make your own.  That is all that I used.  If I have some left over, and you would like it, I will give it to you.  You have to buy a 4 ft section or so and only use about 1 ft.

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Thanks. I took a better look at the mounting now that I'm awake and I see how it was done.



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