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tbirddmnd
10-22-2007, 11:15 PM
Hello,

This is my very first post here, I'm a member of the Thunderbirds and Cougars Club of America and of their forum.

I'm offering custom made hood liner heat shields that are far superior to the stock original hood pad insulation, made from material used in aircraft firewalls and bulkheads. I have one on my car (1997 Thunderbird Limited Edition 4.6L - Laser Red w/gray stripes) and I recently made one and installed it on a 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII.

Rather than take up a lot of space here the easiest way to show my liners is via a link to the thread I made on the TCCOA forum where there are images and more information, as well as comments by other MN-12 and FN-10 owners:

http://forums.tccoa.com/showthread.php?t=105559

These liners look great and really dress up the engine compartment!

I welcome your comments here as well, I can also be reached at my e-mail address shown below.

Thanks,

Gonzalo Duque "Gonzo"
tbirddmnd@att.net
Westland, Michigan

stempak
10-23-2007, 12:26 AM
They look great and I will be gettin one soon!

tbirddmnd
10-23-2007, 02:41 PM
Thanks stempak,

I'm at your service, whenever you'd like!

Thanks for looking!

Gonzo

stempak
10-23-2007, 09:33 PM
Probably a couple week's 3 tops. I got a ton of bills currently. I will want the grey bird symbol.

tbirddmnd
10-24-2007, 05:16 PM
Not a problem, I know all too well how that goes.

gldiii
10-24-2007, 05:57 PM
This is a nice looking product.

One question I have, is it molded like the orignal liner or do you rely on the glue and the installation to make it fit the contours of the underside of the hood? In other words, is it just a flat sheet of the material cut to external shape and then must be pressed around and glued around the contours?

tbirddmnd
10-24-2007, 06:05 PM
Hi George,

Exactly right, using an original liner that I've made a template out of, it is a flat piece of liner that along with the 3M #80 adhesive and re-using the plastic tabs it gets pressed into place on the hood, following the contours. Once dry it doesn't sag at all. I've had mine on for a while and I just did the Mark VIII this past weekend. The aircraft firewall material works perfectly under the hood.

Thanks!

Mike8675309
10-24-2007, 09:28 PM
One thought for you on the emblem. The stock pad had it embossed into the material.

I wonder if you could create something out of plastic that has the shape, then glue that to the hood, and stick your pad over top. Effectively creating a raised pattern that would be highlighted by the vinyl sticker. It's a thought.

I need to find new retention pins as mine are filthy and broken. My hood pad was completely shot so i took it all off. Would love to put something else on there... though planning on a new hood. If someone were to make a pattern with fabric or something could you cut one to fit such a pattern? I.e. a mn12 hood but with a raised center area?

Duffy Floyd
10-24-2007, 09:54 PM
Mke,

I would suggest you look to a professional auto paint supply shop for your replacement pins. Many, since they supply body shops, sell a wide variety of specialty fasteners and pins. I bought a set there as well as new headlight retaining clips.

Dahoopd
10-24-2007, 10:01 PM
Hey,

Great looking product. I know you have already made the template for it. But can you cut/make a generic square piece with the emblem for those of us with aftermarket/fiberglass hoods. I would love to put one on the inside but the contours and size arent going to be equal.

Is there something I can do or measure to get one cut so that it can be trimmed to fit. Let me know.

Thanks

Kurt K
10-24-2007, 10:22 PM
Mke,

I would suggest you look to a professional auto paint supply shop for your replacement pins. Many, since they supply body shops, sell a wide variety of specialty fasteners and pins. I bought a set there as well as new headlight retaining clips.

I found hood liner retaining pins at either AutoZone or Advanced Auto. Recently though, I know AZ has thinned their stock.

tbirddmnd
10-24-2007, 10:24 PM
Hi Mike - don't think a raised effect would work under there. The original liner, for those years that had it (mine didn't), the emblem was stamped into it. This vinyl emblem really stands out against the black liner. I second Duffy's suggestion, those tabs can be found at the paint supply shops that sell to the body shops. Maybe even the body shops can point you in the right direction? Perhaps a junkyard would let you have those from their wrecked cars.

Dahoopd - by all means if you measure your hood out and let me know the dimensions I can cut a piece for you and send you an emblem if you wish. The instructions would be the same. I would measure an inch or so more on each side so that you have some leeway. You can cut it with a sharp X-Acto knife, readily available just about anywhere. Would that work for you?

On the TCCOA forum they asked me as well about this material for trunks and door panels. It could work for those too, a decal would look great for the trunk, but I don't have dimensions for all the various trunks. They can't be much different from one model to the next. At a junkyard recently I compared several TBirds and Cougars. While almost identical the Cougars had larger trunk lids than the Tbirds, and the contours varied from year to year on both models. Another factor was whether there was a rear spoiler or not. I offered the same thing I did just now, measure out the trunk and I can send a piece of liner that can be trimmed to fit with the X-Acto. Just a thought to throw out there!

Thanks everyone for your interests, would really like to cut some liners for you!

tbirddmnd
10-29-2007, 11:36 AM
Does anyone know the font used in the "Thunderbird SC" on the rear bumpers? It would help in creating a new emblem.

Thanks!

EDIT: I did a search and found the font but in .dxf format. Can't open it. The closest thing I found was SF FEDORA TITLES but with 50% or so vertical scaling in Photoshop.

XxSlowpokexX
10-29-2007, 01:55 PM
how about one for an 87-88 Turbo coupe?...I need me one of those

tbirddmnd
10-29-2007, 02:35 PM
Hi - don't have the 87/88 yet nor the 94/95 but they ARE coming!

Are the undersides of the 87/88s all the same across the board whether it was a TurboCoupe or a V6/V8?

XxSlowpokexX
10-29-2007, 02:54 PM
all v6 & v8 cougars and tbirds from 84-88 are same

the Turbo coupe 87-88 has vents in the hood and would be different

tbirddmnd
10-29-2007, 02:56 PM
Great, thanks, I can always cut around the vent openings!

tbirddmnd
10-31-2007, 05:53 PM
I can now offer liners for the '87 and '88, '94 and '95 Thunderbirds and Cougars.

victor malvar
11-12-2007, 02:12 AM
I think it looks very nice. My question is the shipping. How do you ship the liners for only $10.00?

I sent you a email. Now I see how you can ship so inexpensive....Nice to see that you don't practice inflating the shipping price!!!

It was nice talking with you. I like how you explained it all to me. My wife liked your product as well.

We will be ordering a couple from you for our SC's. Nice to see people as yourself continuing to make accessories for all our cars!!!

Regards,

Victor......

tbirddmnd
11-12-2007, 12:09 PM
Hi Victor,

Thanks for the kind words, and it was a pleasure speaking to you as well!

I'm looking forward to making your liners! The shipping price listed is via US Priority Mail. $10 is for the eastern and midwest region, the mountain and pacific regions the post office is charging $14.

Thanks again!

tbirddmnd
11-26-2007, 03:25 PM
From now until 31 December 2007 shipping costs are FREE. They're usually $10. I'll still send them out via US Priority Mail

Thanks,

Gonzalo Duque "Gonzo"
tbirddmnd@att.net
Westland, MI

Pablo94SC
11-28-2007, 04:37 PM
Gonzo,

So the prices are $85, $10 for the T-Bird, and $10 for shipping?

Paul

Edit: Does that include the adhesive to mount the liner? I know push-pins would have to be sourced seperately.

tbirddmnd
11-28-2007, 05:07 PM
Hi Paul,

That's correct, $85 for the liner, $10 for each decal, and $10 for shipping, but until December 31st the shipping is free - I'll pick that up.

It does not include the adhesive, it's around $11/$12 at Home Depot in the glue section of the paint area, near the masking tapes and the caulking. The original push pins get re-used unless yours are destroyed. Auto Zone and or Advance Auto Parts, Pep Boys, etc should have them. You need the adhesive and should not rely on just the plastic pins to hold it up because it will sag without the adhesive, and it MUST be 3M #80 - others will fail.

Decals are the standard Thunderbird wing, but if you have another idea for a decal then send it along to me!

I'm not limiting making these to just the Ford guys, ANY car in fact, as long as I can have an original liner to make a template from.

Thanks!

tbirddmnd
12-03-2007, 11:16 PM
Still haven't forgotten about the Turbo Coupes - trying to locate an original liner for a template.

tbirddmnd
12-13-2007, 11:21 PM
Don't forget FREE shipping until the end of December 2007!

tbirddmnd
02-20-2008, 10:23 PM
Still here offering hoodliners!

tbirddmnd
03-19-2008, 11:18 PM
Bumping back up!

franky_402
04-06-2008, 12:18 AM
Do you have any pictures of the fitment for a 94/95 hood. I am purchasing a new car this coming weekend and am considering this liner, also i will tell my cousin as he just bought a car! How much for two shipped to 60515. Probably in the next 2-3 weeks!

90MN12
04-06-2008, 03:39 AM
would like one for my 90 anny but have a cervini's Mach 1 hood. do u make a liner for them? pm me with info please.

tbirddmnd
04-06-2008, 07:36 AM
Hi franky_402, I've made some for those years but no one has sent me pics yet. I have images of my 97 as you've seen, and fit would be the same.

franky_402
04-06-2008, 11:25 PM
OK, Ill check around and see if someone has pictures, not doubting it wont look good but i gotta take a closer look at the car im buying to see if its even worth it!! But im sure my cousin will get one no matter what!

tbirddmnd
05-07-2008, 10:04 PM
Bumping back up - still offering liners.

tbirddmnd
06-19-2008, 08:47 AM
I can now offer hood liners for the 1987 and 1988 Thunderbird Turbo Coupes!

tbirddmnd
07-01-2008, 05:40 PM
All you guys that needed a liner for your Turbo Coupes - you don't need them anymore?

Tech_Greek
07-21-2008, 01:19 PM
What about for the trunk? Any pictures? Are the holes precut for the mounting tabs, are new ones included?

tbirddmnd
07-21-2008, 01:26 PM
For the trunk pieces, I don't have any templates for them. However I can send a piece of material cut to your measurements and the installation is the same as with the hoodliners, using 3M #80 adhesive. Trunk liners go for $40. I haven't sent out any trunk liners yet so I don't have any pics of those.

For the hoodliners the mounting holes come punched, and you can re-use your original mounting plastic tabs if you still have them. If you don't have them Auto Zone carries them.

Click on the images to view them larger:

Edited by Duffy Floyd; Images deleted due to link to photo hosting site that also pushed an "adult" locating site.

superdadsc
07-21-2008, 01:38 PM
One would be great on my 95. Let me know when they are available. Looking good.

tbirddmnd
07-21-2008, 01:48 PM
They're available right now! I can make them for 1986 up to 1997 Thunderbirds, including the Super Coupe, as long as you have the stock hood.

Liners are $85, silver Thunderbird wing decals $15 and Priority Mail shipping in the USA is $13, to Canada is $23.

I accept PayPal at: tbirddmnd@worldnet.att.net

Thanks for looking!

tbirddmnd
05-01-2009, 10:47 AM
Still out here doing these, I can offer hood liner heat shield insulation insulator pads for these vehicles:

1986 to 1997 Thunderbird and Cougar - Let me know if your '96 has a hood light! Includes the 1987 & 1988 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe and the MN-12 Super Coupe!
2002 to 2005 Thunderbird
1987 to 1992 Lincoln Mark VII
1993 to 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII
1979 to 2009 Mustang - includes the '79 to '82 Pace Cars & Turbo, the '84 to '86 SVO and '95 through 2004 Cobra
1979 to 1986 Mercury Capri (used the 1979 to 1982 Mustang non-Turbo liner)
1992 to 1997 Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis
1989 to 1997 Ford Probe
1982 to 1987 Buick Grand National and Turbo Regal
1981 to 1988 Chevy Monte Carlo SS
1969 to 1970 Pontiac Grand Prix
1987 to 1991 BMW 325i
1979 to 1983 Fiat Type 124
1998 to 2002 Toyota Corolla (my father-in-law wanted one!)
1985 to 2001 Jeep Cherokee/Wagoneer/Comanche
1993 to 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
1988 to 1994 Lincoln Continental
1993 to 1994 Jaguar XJ-6

Gonzalo Duque "Gonzo"
tbirddmnd@att.net
Westland, Michigan
www.tbirddmnd.com
http://hoodliners.blogspot.com

Pat
06-17-2009, 07:26 PM
Well I finished my project today.
My torx screws snapped my bit and bent another, then stripped the inside of one the heads. :mad:

So I ended up removing the wipers, cowling, and the hood.

If I were to do this again, I would of used a lot more of the adhesive on both sides. The sticker came out meh, might want to get another one someime and use an exacto knife on it.
By the time I got to the sticker I was tired.

Overall, I like it.

tbirddmnd
06-19-2009, 03:25 PM
Thanks Pat!

I notice the sticker still has the opaque application tape on top of it. You can peel that off - SLOWLY - leaving the red Thunderbird wings. No need to trim.

Looks good!


Gonzalo Duque "Gonzo"
tbirddmnd@att.net
Westland, Michigan
www.tbirddmnd.com
http://hoodliners.blogspot.com

automaniak22
07-16-2009, 10:28 AM
Are you still doing these and are you able to do custom coloring and special designs?

tbirddmnd
07-16-2009, 10:41 AM
Hi, yes I'm still doing these and will for a very long time to come.

The liners are black, and the decals from my supplier are done in only one color, that's the way they're set up. Standard vinyl decals is what they make. I have run across others who have bought my liner and purchased their own multi-color decal elsewhere and it works too.

What decal were you thinking of having made?

Gonzalo Duque "Gonzo"
tbirddmnd@att.net
Westland, Michigan
www.tbirddmnd.com
http://hoodliners.blogspot.com

automaniak22
07-27-2009, 10:20 AM
I was thinking of the death race emblem if its possible in red

tbirddmnd
07-27-2009, 10:22 AM
What does the Death Race emblem look like? How wide across would you need it?

automaniak22
07-28-2009, 03:58 PM
well its kinda hard to explain cause I cant find a version of it online so you may have to see the movie or i could draw one up similar to it for tradmark reasons and send it your email if you dont mind

Mike8675309
07-28-2009, 05:22 PM
well its kinda hard to explain cause I cant find a version of it online so you may have to see the movie or i could draw one up similar to it for tradmark reasons and send it your email if you dont mind

like this?
http://www.impawards.com/2008/posters/death_race_ver3.jpg

automaniak22
07-29-2009, 03:26 AM
well in a way. in the movie its done like a stamp the skull is correct and in the movie it has a ring around it and its equally seperated the best way to describe it is to find a screen shot of it or draw it. maybe like this but with a more defined evil skull

http://www.robdiamond.net/product/BLAC631/Gears_of_War_Skull_Cool_Belt_Buckle.html

Ballman
07-29-2009, 10:30 PM
OK, when ready , I need 2 of them for my Turbo coupe.s both are 1988s . Send me your pay-pal address when their done . Thanks, DW ............Ballman32@aol.com

tbirddmnd
08-02-2009, 11:16 PM
Hi Ballman,

I'm ready whenever you are, you can e-mail me at my AT&T address shown below. You need 2 silver decals? I can send you a PayPal invoice.

Remember to look at my blogspot page - it details that the hood MUST come off for installation and WHY it has to come off.

Thanks!

Gonzo
tbirddmnd@att.net
http://hoodliners.blogspot.com

Ballman
08-03-2009, 04:28 AM
Im needing the under hood liners , for my 88 Turbo Coupes , need 2 of them . Thanks, DW

tbirddmnd
09-15-2009, 09:44 AM
Hi DW,

Whenever you're ready let me know, I can help you out with them.


Gonzo
tbirddmnd@att.net
http://hoodliners.blogspot.com

Ballman
09-15-2009, 10:37 AM
OK, Im ready. Send me your Pay-pal address , just let me know what I owe you . Thanks, DW :D

tbirddmnd
09-15-2009, 10:56 AM
If you'd like, I can send you a PayPal invoice, all I need to know is your PayPal e-mail. You can either PM me here or e-mail me at tbirddmnd@att.net

The liner is $85, 2nd one is $65, 2 decals is $30, shipping for 2 liners is $19, total is $199. The decals are 20 inches wide, silver Thunderbird wings - images are below.

Thanks!

Ballman
09-15-2009, 11:05 AM
OK, send an invoice , its my e mail address . Ballman32@aol.com ...........Just make sure their packed up real good , 1 of them is going on my Watkins Glen Speedway pace car [1987] . Thanks, D.Wilder

tbirddmnd
09-15-2009, 11:06 AM
Gotcha, not a problem! I'd love to see pics when you're done!

Ballman
09-15-2009, 11:12 AM
Both are for 87-88 Turbo coupes . yes , cant wait to get them on , will make the car look much cleaner and finished , right now has that BARE look . thanks again , DW

gsp393
09-17-2009, 04:46 PM
I could see buying one of these for mine.

tbirddmnd
11-17-2009, 12:46 PM
Back up to the top, still out here making liners.

Here's what I can do so far:


1986 to 1997 Thunderbird and Cougar - Includes the 1987/1988 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe and the MN-12 Super Coupe!

2002 to 2005 Thunderbird

1987 to 1992 Lincoln Mark VII & LSC (Luxury Sports Coupe)

1993 to 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII & LSC (Luxury Sports Coupe - $95 larger liner)

1964 to 2010 Mustang - includes the '74 to '78 Mustang II, '79 to '82 Pace Cars & Turbo, the '84 to '86 SVO and '93 through 2004 Cobra, 4-cylinder, V6, V8 LX 5.0 302, GT, Shelby, Mach 1, shaker hood, 4.6 281, Foose, Saleen, Roush, Steeda, etc.

1979 to 1986 Mercury Capri (used the 1979 to 1982 Mustang non-Turbo liner)

1992 to 2007 Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis ($95 larger liner)

2003 to 2004 Mercury Marauder ($95 larger liner)

1989 to 1997 Ford Probe

1999 to 2003 Ford F-150 ($95 larger liner)

2006 to 2009 Ford Fusion (SE, SEL, I-4, V6)

2010 to 20?? Ford Taurus (SE, SEL, Limited, SHO FWD & AWD)

1982 to 1987 Buick Grand National and Turbo Regal, regular Regal

1977 to 1982 Chevy Corvette

2007 to 2009 Chevy Corvette (without an underhood light) ($95 larger liner)

1981 to 1988 Chevy Monte Carlo SS ($95 larger liner)

1980 to 1990 Chevy Caprice ($95 larger liner)

1982 to 1992 Chevy Camaro ($95 larger liner - including IROC-Z, Z-28)

1969 to 1970 Pontiac Grand Prix

1987 to 1991 BMW 325i

1979 to 1983 Fiat Type 124

1979 to 1981 Toyota Celica Supra

1998 to 2002 Toyota Corolla (my father-in-law wanted one!)

1985 to 2001 Jeep Cherokee/Wagoneer/Comanche

1993 to 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

1988 to 1994 Lincoln Continental

1990 to 1997 Lincoln Town Car ($95 larger liner)

1977 to 1991 Jaguar XJ-S ($95 larger liner)

1993 to 1994 Jaguar XJ-6

2003 to 2008 Jaguar X-Type

1986 to 1987 Mercedes Benz 190E

More makes and models always added as owners contact me and request them!


Gonzalo Duque "Gonzo"
tbirddmnd@att.net
Westland, Michigan
http://hoodliners.blogspot.com

Toms-SC
11-17-2009, 06:19 PM
Is it possible to buy a 'universal' roll of this material so we can make our own? Reason be I foresee a aftermarket hood in my future and I'd like to be able to silent it down a little bit.

tbirddmnd
11-18-2009, 10:47 AM
Hi Tom - as far as material for an aftermarket hood, what I can do is send you a section of liner material based on your width x height measurement in inches. All you need to do at that point is "trim-to-fit" using an X-Acto knife. This entails simply rounding out the corners so they're not 90 degree angles. Flexible measuring tapes would ensure accurate measurements so that the tape goes down into the center section of any hood having a scoop or area for airflow.

Thanks!!