Original hood metal or aluminum


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Good day. Quick question about original hood as stated for a 1999 XLT 4WD. A little while back it was replaced due to accident but noticed it seemed to be twice as heavy as original. Thinking body shop went cheap and did metal but can't find a solid answer. Obviously body shop has their opinion but what is the right answer. Also have an issue as well with a mechanic that decided to push the hood down instead of just dropping to close and indented the front where pushed. Never had that issue on the original and am talking to the mechanic tomorrow but just curious of the answer and if the aluminum is less prone to the pushing dents. Thanks
 


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If the replacement hood is heavier than the original, the original was aluminum. But both the aluminum hood and steel hood were original equipment. My '98 had an aluminum hood. My '11 has a steel one.

As far as the closure, either the hood isn't aligned correctly or the adjustable rubber stops are at the wrong height. I would look at the rubber stops if the body gaps look to be even.
 

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You haven't been able to close a hood that way for years, anyone working in a garage should know that. In the 60's and before you could actually sit on a hood. If it doesn't latch pick it up a few inches to a foot and drop it, if it still doesn't latch check the adjustments.
 

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Thanks for both replies. Talked to the mechanic who admitted fault as I guess a spring broke in the latch and would not lock the hood down so he pushed on it a couple of times before checking the spring. He said he will pick up the repair $$$ so a bit of inconvenience should have it back in shape shortly. Oh and it was replaced with a metal (aftermarket) instead of original aluminum. Always something. Thanks again great forum.
 

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Just for clarity, Aluminum is metal too. Fiberglass is not metal, which is what my Ranger hood is made of and is heavy.
 

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My 99 has an aluminum hood. Easy way to check is with a magnet. Sticks=metal, Not sticky=aluminum.
 

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Magnet sticks = ferromagnetic metal
Magnet does not stick = non-ferromagnetic metal such as aluminum or non- metallic material such as fiberglass
 

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Many stainless steels are also not magnetic or extremely weak magnetic. Chances of Ford using a SS hood is very close to zero though.
 

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Many stainless steels are also not magnetic or extremely weak magnetic. Chances of Ford using a SS hood is very close to zero though.
Could you imagine if ford used a SS body on the rangers
 

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Think of all the first gen rangers wed have
 


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