fiberglass or steel hood?

Discussion in 'Color is everything!' started by BuicksRock, Oct 25, 2004.

  1. BuicksRock

    BuicksRock Well-Known Member

    Hello all,

    I am wondering if anyone here has used a fiberglass GS hood on a daily driver? I have been looking for a GS hood for a while now with no luck in finding one close enough that it wouldn't have to be shipped (big $ due to weight).

    I have been cruising WS Racing Fiberglass' website and wonder about their quality and compatibility of their bolt on GS hood with the GS air cleaner, hood latch, etc.

    Any words of wisdom here are greatly appreciated.


  2. TXGS

    TXGS Paint by numbers 70 GS 455 4spd

    Chris I drove around with one for about 3 years. However if you like to open the hood as much as i do it will wear a hole in the hood catch area. I would look to find someway to prevent the wear in that area. other than that I had no issues.
  3. 1970lark

    1970lark Well-Known Member

    Hey Phil, did you have hood pins on this hood? I have been getting the car ready for paint, and was also thinking about getting this (fiberglass) hood. I was worried that it might fly up at 100+mph. I would rather not have to use hood pins.
  4. TXGS

    TXGS Paint by numbers 70 GS 455 4spd

    I drove for several years with the hood not pinned. But the Vibration of the hood while driving and open and closing the hood wore on the catch area. It created a hole thru the hood catch portion of the hood and while I was driving it popped up to the safety catch. At that point I made a repair to the hood and also Pinned it for safety. other than that it was a good piece. Also put this into context is that the car was driven daily for several years with this hood on. So if you just cruise you will not get as much wear as I did. Just my .02

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  5. 1970lark

    1970lark Well-Known Member

    Thanks Phil, I have everything pretty much stripped off the car ready for paint. Door handles, locks and that rear hood trim piece(looks impossible to get off without mangling it), are the only things left on the car. I assume the the X bash will be in the spring? Don't think I will have the 455 in there yet, but it should be looking nice by then. :)
  6. Driver2

    Driver2 Guest

    I don't know about WS Racing's "other" fiberglass parts, but when it comes to GS parts, I have only HEARD "BAD" things about the "quality", and I have actually been OFFERED to TAKE (FOR FREE!) a (GS Hood, Doors, and a Trunk Lid) that were made by WS Racing. I DECLINED, because they WERE "that bad", in MY opinion. :Smarty: :Do No:

    If you're looking for "quality" parts, again, I would recommend VFN Fiberglass, in Addison, IL, as I have visited their shop, I have bought a few of their Stage II Hoodscoops, and I will be buying Fenders, a "custom" GS Hood, Front and Rear Bumpers, and some "custom" Ground Effects for my GS, this winter!

    Quality is there, as they "reinforce" the hood latch and hinge areas with Steel "inserts". Price is "reasonable", too, depending on what you want. :TU:

    After having my Steel Hood come up, and through my windshield (at 90mph), because the body shop that "restored" my car FORGOT to put my hood latch back on, after the car was painted :Dou: :Do No: :af: :blast: , I would recommend ALL cars to use Hood Pins (at least ALL of MINE, from now on, anyway!) :Smarty:

    It pulled the Hinges right out of the Fenders, broke the windshield, crushed the ROOF, and the Hood was BENT in 1/2 (I still have it, as a "reminder" NOT to trust "other people" to work on MY car!), when I went back for it, and got it out of the ditch that it "landed" in, behind me. :ball:
  7. TXGS

    TXGS Paint by numbers 70 GS 455 4spd

    Chris, My hood was a VFN bolt on GS hood. Bring the skylark even if it has the other motor in it. :beer

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