Freightliner M2 Hood repair

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  1. smav

    smav Bobtail Member

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    I have a 2010 M2 Freigtliner with what is referred to as the tall hood. It has about an extra 3 inch piece of trim that is below the grill and has a piece broken out just below the headlight, other than that the hood is in good shape. From my research it looks like the only fix is to replace the entire hood. I checked it out and it appears that when they were originally built they take a short hood and glue the extra trim piece on to it to make the tall hood, which originally lead me to believe it was replaceable. Not wanting to change out an entire hood just for a small missing piece does anyone have any alternative ideas on a fix for this? I attached a picture of the damage I am talking about. hood.jpg
     
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  3. rolls canardly

    rolls canardly Road Train Member

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    It would be too easy - if you happened to have that piece?
    I'm sure IF it got knocked out on the move, U ran over it.

    Have you thought about re-creating it in fiberglass?
    You have the hood radius above to copy on a cardboard template.
    Cut it on that line and make a form from 3/4" plywood.
    Take a strip that height, and keep cutting it vertically from the back
    to weaken the structure to bend it. Screw it down from the back.
    Grind the top edge of the plywood form to have glass matting
    go over plywood thickness edge - for the lip to fasten it to.
    Slop resin on it, let dry, do it 2 more times, and there's your piece.
    Cut broken edge straight and measure and match yours w/other side. sand it out smooth and piss paint on it.
    A Saturday afternoon and a case of beer outta do it!
    Total cost less than 100 bucks; not 1500.00 for a hood.

    And That's exactly what they did, just added that piece.
    I have an 04 M2-106 w/just that same hood, but without the riser.
     
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  5. smav

    smav Bobtail Member

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    Thanks for the info...I asked a scrap yard place I found on the internet about it and the guy I talked to said they could actually get just the lower piece from Titan hoods out of mexico, for fairly reasonable price. The shipping will be as much as the price of the part. The guy I talked to stated that what I said about the MFG just making a stock hood and gluing the lower piece on it if for the tall hood is accurate. I will keep you posted on how it plays out......being Friday it is just about beer 30
     
  6. smav

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    UPDATE--I got pictures of what they call the "apron" from C&H truck parts and they do in fact have them. I ordered it so in a week or two I should be able to start on replacing it.
     
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    rolls canardly Road Train Member

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    I had a 1957 VW bug that started out w/fiberglass fenders.
    Got way crazy on the fiberglass fabrication and mod thing.
    When I first started out, didn't know squat about it, still don't,
    but when I was done I was an accomplished beginner.
    Took the fenders and cut each of them and added 4" strips,
    to make car 8" wider - to take Chevy wheel/tire combo.
    Made a template of cardboard of nose profile under bumper.
    Then took a broken truck bed cover and cut it to this shape.
    Then glassed a garden hose into bottom edge for a lip.
    Glassed it onto front so it was a air dam 3" off the ground.
    Added stacked square headlight buckets from a Monte Carlo.
    Fiberglass trunk lid had an L-88 Corvette scoop in it.
    There were scoops you put on the sides behind rear windows.
    I thought they looked cheezy, so I made my own, Drilled 3 holes
    w/hole-saw and cut out sides under them, to make it functional.
    And on and on.
    (And - an on and off 10 year project, it was.)
     
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  8. smav

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    Update: After some further research on the piece I received it is actually for FL60 style hood as the part number and description on tag confirmed that. They are going to give me a refund and see if the can source one from the MFG out of Mexico. I will keep you posted.
     
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