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Old 11-18-2013, 11:02 AM   #1
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Hello,

I'm going to drive from Nor Cal to So Cal in December, hopefully no rain, but it is a possibility, and while I'm down there I was going to pick up some parts for my car. One of those parts is a hood.

I probably can't fit the hood in or on my car so I was planning on driving down without a hood on and then installing the new hood where I'm picking it up.

Is this a horrible idea? Is there any prep I should do to make it more safe?

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Old 11-18-2013, 11:07 AM   #2
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Your engine bay is, for all intents and purposes, basically waterproof. People have power washed their engine bays here without problems. But of course, you shouldn't take any chances and should avoid driving in any rain just in case water gets in, say, the ECU.

About the worst that'll happen is you'll get some funny looks.
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You'd look ridiculous, but I understand the predicament. Check to see what laws you might be breaking. I'd be surprised if you didn't get pulled over, TBH.
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Oooh, this doesn't sound like a good idea. It might even be illegal in your area. Unless it costs many hundreds of $ to ship the hood, IMO it's not worth putting anything under the hood at risk on a long road trip.

If you do end up doing it, I would think you'd want to at least protect all hoses (especially cooling hoses) from road debris. See if you can fashion some metal guards for critical components. Definitely avoid high speeds and don't follow closely, especially behind trucks. The slower you go and the fewer people you follow means less potential for rocks to come up and hit something in the engine bay.
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:12 AM   #6
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Your engine bay is, for all intents and purposes, basically waterproof. People have power washed their engine bays here without problems. But of course, you shouldn't take any chances and should avoid driving in any rain just in case water gets in, say, the ECU.

About the worst that'll happen is you'll get some funny looks.
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You'd look ridiculous, but I understand the predicament. Check to see what laws you might be breaking. I'd be surprised if you didn't get pulled over, TBH.
As for looking ridiculous I know it will, especially since I'm picking up bumpers too so I'll be bumper-less and hood-less. But it's for a purpose.

I'll look into CA laws. But other than maybe breaking a law I should be fine, if it isn't raining?
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:14 AM   #7
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Oooh, this doesn't sound like a good idea. It might even be illegal in your area. Unless it costs many hundreds of $ to ship the hood, IMO it's not worth putting anything under the hood at risk on a long road trip.

If you do end up doing it, I would think you'd want to at least protect all hoses (especially cooling hoses) from road debris. See if you can fashion some metal guards for critical components. Definitely avoid high speeds and don't follow closely, especially behind trucks. The slower you go and the fewer people you follow means less potential for rocks to come up and hit something in the engine bay.
Yea debris seems to be the common worry when I was trying to look this info up online. So if I protect the important components under the hood I should be ok.
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:23 AM   #8
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Hopefully nothing haha. I can see me getting about 15 minutes from the destination and then someone blows a tire and a big piece flies back and lands in my bay where it get's thrashed around and everything breaking lol
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The bonus would then be I'm 7 hours from my house haha. But yea I think it should be fine. I'm not that knowledgeable about engine components though so I wanted to ask the forum if there's anything I should be aware of.
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:46 AM   #12
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Drive in reverse, problem avoided.
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lol solid plan. I'll give that a try
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As for looking ridiculous I know it will, especially since I'm picking up bumpers too so I'll be bumper-less and hood-less. But it's for a purpose.

I'll look into CA laws. But other than maybe breaking a law I should be fine, if it isn't raining?
Oh god. Hope your not needing doors too!

Take pictures bumperless and hoodless then some with the new gear on the car.
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Oh god. Hope your not needing doors too!

Take pictures bumperless and hoodless then some with the new gear on the car.
Definitely will do, that's the plan I want to get some rolling shots of it "naked"
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If you are also driving without a front bumper, know that you are putting your radiator at risk. All it takes is 1 stray rock to puncture the radiator and put a massive damper on your road trip.
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If you are also driving without a front bumper, know that you are putting your radiator at risk. All it takes is 1 stray rock to puncture the radiator and put a massive damper on your road trip.
Thanks for the info, i'll take the advice then and make sure to stay away from other cars as much as I can.
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I drove around with mine off for an afternoon when I was re-coating my hood. It didn't rain though. I don't know if I'm brave enough to drive around with mine off in the rain. You should be fine.
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maybe rent a uhaul
...but you still need to plasti dip the wheels on the uhaul.. and post pics.
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Rent a larger car with a folding rear seat. It'll be cheaper than the ticket (or impound) you'll get from CHP.
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