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glass front end, hood latch question?

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Just got a bolt on fiberglass hood, this thing looks brand new, its a bolt on type hood with the finished edges all around with a 2 inch z 28 cowl on it. The hoods got the anchors in it for the hinges, and its actually 12 3/4 inches apart so its perfect for my 68. But.. the latch end of the hood, theres no inserts in the bracing, and taping on it, it sounds pretty hollow. Im worried about using screws and having the latch come loose and the front of my hood catching some air and pulling itself apart. Anyone else running a glass hood. Im really trying to avoid drilling pins, but for safetys sake I will, but just asking for ideas. thanks Jim
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I too would be worried about having it just attached with screws into fiberglass.
Could you make up a steel or aluminum plate with threaded holes or inserts in it and then after positioning it on the hood, fiberglass over it ?
On a glasstek fiberglass cowl hood for my 73 Nova I made an internal steel frame to allow a hood latch to be put on and to allow me to make my own hinge design. After I had it working I put some strips of fiberglass matting over the steel frame to bury it into the underside of the hood. On yours maybe you could add a wider piece of steel tubing to go all the way across the front edge of the hood. This would give you something to weld a plate to so the top of the hood latch could be bolted on and this added support would also keep the corners of the hood from lifting at higher speeds.
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