Baracuda Hood Modifications

Baracuda Hood

Earlier modifications to the grill, also required modifications to the hood. The stock hood dips down slightly in front, but the new custom grill piece requires a slightly changed hood contour. Basically, the hood had to be "flattened" back to front.

Old hood hinge New custom hood hinge

We also replaced the old spring-loaded hinges with gas-shocks custom hinges and boxed them in.

New custom hood hinge - top view New custom hood hinge

Hood - forward edge. Inner hood panels.

The throttle body on the Cuda's Hemi required further modification of the hood beyond just flattening it. To provide the needed clearance, the inner support ribs in the middle of the hood were removed and replaced with a flat panel plug-welded to the brace edges. The new panel allows room for the throttle body, provides the rigidity of the former ribs, and looks better to boot.

Baracuda hood, finished.

VW/Audi upper hood latch VW/Audi lower hood latch

The new latchs are stock VW/Audi.

Inner hood panel insert. Hood bumper stop recess.

The recess in the forward corner of the hood (picture on right), is for the hood bumper stop.

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