I've been to a LOT of car shows and I've seen MANY, MANY dirty original hoodliners. I spoke with several car owners and they're receptive and interested in having me make them a hoodliner to clean up their underhood area. How about your car? Take a look at your original liner if you have one - can you use my help?
There are other sellers here on eBay that sell reproduction or NOS original hood liners for the Grand Nationals for $225 - $275 and UP with shipping costs of $75+!!! That's quite expensive and RIDICULOUS in these difficult economic times yet people are still buying these! WHY?? Others are selling that layered ITCHY fiberglass, so look out if that stuff gets on your fingers, arms, eyes, etc. With time their liners will rot, get DIRTY, and COME APART just like your original liner did, because what they offer is made of the same stock fiberglass foam or flimsy thick fiberglass layers and NOT aircraft firewall/bulkhead material like mine, bringing you right back to square one. I'm offering a FAR SUPERIOR liner at a LOWER price! What's the attraction with the other ones, stock look? How about quality and OUTPERFORMING stock? Isn't that important? My liner is FAA approved for use in military and civilian airplanes - certainly it's more than adequate for cars! This isn't a lot of hype - this stuff is for REAL, it works and it's far better than the others.
Here's an e-mail I received from a buyer of one of my hoodliners, an owner who is very meticulous about his car, a 1987 GRAND NATIONAL:
<< Thanks! It's not too often you find someone that stands by what they sell. You have gone above what I have ever dealt with. You have a good product, it looks better than the stock one because you can customize it to the way you want it. I have had so many people notice the hoodliner before they see the motor! Thanks!! I could not have ever been able to buy the original. I'll be sending you some pics soon and I will keep spreading the word about a man that stands behind his product. >>
Here's another e-mail from a recent buyer for his Fox body ('87 - '93) Mustang GT:
<< I was thinking about just ditching my liner since the old one was all crusty, falling apart, and brownish looking. That was until I saw that my hood didn't have much paint down the center, Ford must have gotten cheap and not done underneath the hood very well. I didn't know what to do until I saw your liners and bought one with the running pony decal. It was easy to put on and looks great! Taking the hood off, cleaning it, installing the liner, decal, and then putting it back on the car was not a problem at all, your instructions were very detailed. Plus the end result is that my underhood now looks clean and I don't have to worry about it anymore! I get comments about it and people ask where they can get one too! Thanks again, this hoodliner is very cool! >>
One more e-mail from a recent buyer for her husband's Fox body '91 Mustang GT convertible:
<< Thank you! I am absolutely thrilled with the liner and he'll be so surprised!! You are the best eBay seller I've encountered! >>
<< You the man, thanks a million!! Looks excellent by the way. Clean & smooth! Your customer service is excellent. I would HIGHLY recommend your product to ANYONE!!! That's how you keep happy customers! MUCHO appreciated! >>
<< I just received the hood liner today and am totally impressed! I am so glad I found your item on eBay and can't wait to get it installed in my SEXY Stang! :) I have been working on my car for 3 yrs now - upgrading the look and motor - this item is perfect and by far the best item yet! My husband is also rebuilding an older Mustang and I am going to make sure he orders one of your hoodliners for it too! Many thanks! I can't even express how happy I am! >>
<< It looks great!! I'd have to say it was probably the fastest shipping I've had in 5 years of eBay buying, and the listing was very detailed, and a very good price! >>
<< Wow, just got the hood insulator on today. Looks awesome!, really easy installation, you have great customer service, and so far, as far as I'm concerned, a great product! I appreciate the friendliness/helpfulness in our transaction and basically since I first sent you an email. My dad helped me install the hood insulator and I do believe you will be making us another for his 81 Vette in the future. He has to put together his new engine first but my dad was really impressed with how nice this hood insulator dresses up the engine compartment. Thanks again and we'll be talking soon about making us another. And I hope you don't mind I will be recommending you and your product to all of my car buddies. Thanks again. >>
Recently I was used car shopping (looking actually) for a 2005 Freestar Limited minivan and I popped the hood on a 2007 Mustang GT convertible - the engine was immaculate but the original liner was DIRTY - how can that be on a still-NEW car??!! Read below for a comparison.
Here's a link to all my images on Flickr:
where you'll see many pictures that people have sent in and ones that I took myself during and after the install of the liner. The silver 2005 Ford Mustang GT belongs to the president of the Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan (www.mocsem.org) and he graciously allowed me to put my hoodliner on his IMMACULATE and PRISTINE, meticulously-kept Mustang GT. The hood was taken off and prepared for the liner installation. Needless to say he is VERY HAPPY with the way it came out! He bought some underhood "mirrors" for over $300 and decided to go with my liner instead. He told me he made the better decision to place my liner on instead of those mirrors, which he returned. In fact this Mustang might be featured in a Mustang magazine in the near future! I thank Mike for allowing me to help him mod his awesome "1 BADD 05"!! Mike won an award in a modded class at a Mustang car show the day after he had my liner with silver decal installed! The white car is a 1987 Buick Turbo Regal, and you'll also see a 1987 Buick LeSabre that I provided a liner for - the owner is very happy with it!
Compare this hood liner to the factory original or factory replacement (if it's even available!). My liner is fire retardant, insulates against heat and sound, resistant to oil, chemicals, water and mildew and will not rot but it's not indestructible. If you pull it too hard or gouge it with a tool it will tear. Handle it carefully. It is washable and can come with a colorful decal if you want one. The original liner made out of latex fiberglass foam is not fire retardant, and somewhat insulates against heat and sound. The original liner is not resistant to oil, chemicals, water and mildew and it will rot and come apart. Used as a hoodliner/sound barrier/absorber for soundproofing the car engine compartments of cars and trucks, it is also useful for boats, (won't absorb moisture) and RVs and their generator compartments. Gives a better appearance than the stock foam hoodliner.
If you have a show car or enter your car in shows my liner will set your engine bay apart from the others. If your car is a daily driver this liner will still make your underhood look great! It adds a cleaner look to your engine compartment. How many car shows have you gone to or seen pictures of on the internet and while the engines look super-clean the hoodliners are filthy? I can remedy this!
One of the biggest sound problems with a vehicle’s noise reduction is that sound is coming right up through the hood and then through the windshield. (Because glass is almost transparent to sound!) Car engine noise mixed with road noise blows right through into the passenger compartment. Auto generated sound is mostly low frequency, one of the hardest sounds to block or absorb. Hoodliner material can also be used on metal surfaces such as trunk areas and door panels, where reverberation is a problem in high-end sound installations, greatly reducing road noise!
Remove the hood, (mark your bolt mountings) remove/discard all the old insulation. If you have the plastic hood tabs pry them up gently with a putty knife in a back-and-forth twisting motion while prying up. Place hood on a worktable with the underside up. Clean the hood underside thoroughly; “Simple Green” and a soft bristle brush and rags/paper towels work well. Rinse it with a hose and drain the excess water, towel dry or let the hood dry off for about 20 minutes. Test fit the liner dry to line it up with the hood and the fastener holes. It’s pre-cut to fit without trimming but if you stretch it, don't worry, you can trim it off at the bottom. Mask off areas to protect from overspray. Apply the 3M #80 adhesive to both material and hood. Apply and press down well. If mechanical fasteners were used on the original material, reuse them if possible. Trimming (if needed) can be done with a sharp X-Acto knife.
The hood MUST come off for proper installation of the liner, and it's NOT a big deal to do this. This liner is NOT stiff like the original! The liner must be installed with adhesive and if you don't mask off areas then the glue will get onto places you don't want glue on, such as the windshield, the engine, fenders, cowling, etc. Plus gravity will work against you and your arms will get tired trying to work with them above your head. Ever try cleaning the ceiling fan blades? Hurts after a while, right? This liner is not stiff like the original, it's made from a SUPERIOR material and installing it with just the plastic hood pins and no adhesive is not recommended. If you have a helper then removal of the hood and installation back on the car with the new liner will take about 45 minutes to an hour. You can lay your hood on a large worktable or a plywood on a couple of sawhorses, cushioned with some old blankets or sheets. I include instructions for both the liner and the decals, and in those instructions I provide my cell phone number if you need my help during installation. So far no one has called needing my help so it's not impossible nor hard to install my liner!
Keep in mind that if you were to find factory hoodliners/insulation pads they would run anywhere from $275 to over $300 depending on model year and availability. These original hood insulation pads have been discontinued from the factory and are difficult if not impossible to locate! Even if you did find one get ready to pay oversized shipping! They wouldn't have the same quality as these and will become dirty and rot with time.