Hoods - Steel
Steel is the most common material used in the manufacturing of vehicles. It has seen widespread use when building hoods because it is strong, easy to shape, and cost affective to produce. There is a wide variety of different steel hoods available on the market. These different hoods come in many shapes and sizes to fit any type of vehicle. Many of the steel hoods that are centered on sleek looks and performance will have a built in hood scoop to provide better air flow in the engine compartment. These scoops are very difficult to position correctly and install which makes buying a new hood with one pre-installed a viable option that should be considered before cutting holes in the vehicle original hood. Steel hoods are held in place with mounts that are located in the engine compartment. Since steel hoods are heavier than most other types of hoods, the standard mounting brackets should be enough to hold it in place in most vehicles.
Replacement steel hoods are often purchased when a vehicle has encounter front end damage in a collision or damage by harsh weather such as hail which can easily dent the hood. When installing a replacement steel hood, the alignment with the fenders or other components in the front end may need to be adjusted to get a perfect fit. After fitting the hood, it is extremely important to get it painted or finished to prevent corrosion which can occur extremely fast on steel when it is exposed to the harsh conditions encountered by most vehicles. To make this process faster, most hoods will come already primed so that it can be quickly painted to match the rest of the panels on the vehicle.
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