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Offline socalgt

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'66 hood letter installation with no holes present
« on: May 10, 2017, 10:35:22 PM »
I'm assuming it's a big job to install F O R D on a hood that has had the holes filled in......I assume there isn't a ready made templet available for the holes.  I don't want to use reproduction letters, so I thought about cutting the points off original letters and maybe using silicone.  Are the points visible from the backside of the hood on original letters?  I don't have a car in my possession currently to look at.

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Re: '66 hood letter installation with no holes present
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2017, 10:51:32 PM »
I found a good article in Mustang Monthly about just this....shows the position of the letters very clearly in pictures using a sewing tape measure.  Article titled "How to pin letters on '65-'68 Mustang".

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Re: '66 hood letter installation with no holes present
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2017, 11:56:42 AM »
I do believe a  few of the pins can be seen from underneath when looking into the access holes. I have used another hood as a template with using masking tape, marking the holes with an awl through the tape, then transferring the masking tape "template" and matching it to the new hood. Has worked well for me in the past. I realize not everyone has a spare hood lying around.  :(
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Re: '66 hood letter installation with no holes present
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2017, 02:57:54 PM »
Sounds like a good method...if, as you say, you have an extra hood.  The article was very detailed with the placement of each letter, so I'll plan on using it.

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Re: '66 hood letter installation with no holes present
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2017, 04:45:07 PM »
If the holes have been filled in, I would worry about possibly disturbing the filler if you tried to re-drill the holes.  If it doesn't have to look completely original from the underside of the hood, have you thought about going with adhesive-backed letters?
--1965 fastback, 289/4-spd, built Feb. '65 at Dearborn
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--1966 coupe, 200/3-spd, built Dec. '65 at NJ (in the family since 1968)
--1967 coupe, 289/C4, built Dec. '66 at NJ
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Re: '66 hood letter installation with no holes present
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2017, 05:30:40 PM »
have you thought about going with adhesive-backed letters?

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Re: '66 hood letter installation with no holes present
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2017, 06:45:09 PM »
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Still beats trying to drill a freshly-painted panel, with unknown body filler underneath.  Drill could slip, drill could walk, etc.
--1965 fastback, 289/4-spd, built Feb. '65 at Dearborn
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--1966 GT fastback, 289/4-spd, built Dec. '65 at Dearborn
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--1967 coupe, 289/C4, built Dec. '66 at NJ
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Re: '66 hood letter installation with no holes present
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2017, 07:35:27 PM »
That's certainly something to consider....Thanks

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Re: '66 hood letter installation with no holes present
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2017, 09:11:44 AM »
I found that with the hood edge trim removed you can see all the holes (filled in) for all four letters, so I can open them back up carefully and reinstall the letters.  I'll start with the smallest possible drill and work my way up.

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Re: '66 hood letter installation with no holes present
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2017, 08:41:04 AM »
drill filled in holes from behind that are visible, lessening the risk of bit walking, then possibly make a template with tape using what holes were able to be drilled then with tape on outside drill others? if several can be drilled from behind you may be able to get an idea of positioning others. just my two cents worth. would the barrel nuts possibly still be in filled in holes?
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Re: '66 hood letter installation with no holes present
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2017, 03:31:57 PM »
What is the hole size for the FORD hood letters?
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