In Reply to: Re: Surviving Aluminum Hoods posted by awhtx on February 07, 2011 at 23:29:51:
I had a friend in Texas make a trip to evaluate that tractor and I even bid on it (unsuccessfully). It was really in bad shape. The hood may have looked like a stamping but it was not. My guess is that the hood cracked back toward the battery box opening because the flange around the instrument panel broke out and it wasn't supported correctly anymore.
The hoods are at least 1/4 inch thick - maybe more like 5/16. The edges and any mounting points (like for the gas tank) are thicker - up to 1/2 inch. I have a hood and two broken doglegs. All three are sand mold castings. You can see the impression of the sand on the backs of all three.
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