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HOOD HINGE BOOTS
« on: July 18, 2014, 06:24:26 PM »
Anybody out there know were to buy the rubber boots that cover the inside of the cowl and the hood hinges? I need two of them. Mine are shot.
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Re: HOOD HINGE BOOTS
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2014, 06:35:45 PM »
I believe the foxbody Mustangs have the same or similar boot.  If I remember tonight, I will pull the hinges off my 90 Mustang parts car and check.
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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2014, 07:08:00 PM »
Thanks Tigger!
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Re: HOOD HINGE BOOTS
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2014, 10:05:49 PM »
What is the point of those boots anyhow? Every car I have has holes in them & it's not like the cowl doesn't get water in it already. At best they force water to the vents that may pour out the hinge hole or prevent excessively rusted hinges. I really have pondered this.
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Re: HOOD HINGE BOOTS
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2014, 10:21:47 PM »
Fox body ones are similar but bolt holes are in the wrong spot. Pinto are even. Fox body has one side high on side low.
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Re: HOOD HINGE BOOTS
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2014, 03:57:25 AM »
I thought I read that those fox Mustang boots would work but could not find the link.  Maybe drill the fox Mustang boot rubber to match the Pinto bolt pattern.

Pinto5.0, those hinge boots along with the seal strip at the top of the firewall have a couple functions as I see it: 

At speed, there is a high pressure area formed at the base of the windshield.  This high pressure helps force fresh air through the vents.  With out the boots and seal strip, some of this high pressure air will flow into the engine compartment putting back pressure on the radiator reducing air flow through it (loss cooling) and also reduce the amount of fresh air flow to the driver.

At low speed or at a stop light, these seals keep engine odors/fumes from entering the fresh air vents.
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Re: HOOD HINGE BOOTS
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2014, 07:08:30 AM »
Thanks guys! Think I'll try it with out them. Your right about the uneven hole as I saw some on e-bay. Thanks again.
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