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The hood is hard to lift and close. Very heavy. Is there a hood lift mechanism available to make it easier?


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Do a search for ‘hydraulic hood assist pistons’ .

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I, too, have been looking for a strut kit made for the Ford E van hoods. Have yet to find any despite a lot of searching. Anyone? Seems like a simple thing for a company to make.

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2007 was the last year of the fiberglass hood on the E-series. We have a 2007 E350 rig with the fiberglass hood and I never considered it heavy.

I wonder how the old fiberglass hood compares to the 2008-current steel hood with regards to weight.


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Ron, my mechanic swapped a steel hood for a glass hood on an early mustang and it was almost 1/2 the weight. The OEM hood was about 50 lbs. vs high 20’s for the glass.

The E series cabs have such small hoods most people don’t feel the need for gas struts .
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1. Forget the web, make phone calls to rv repair shops who have suppliers that we do not have access to.
2. Take measurements yourself and buy the appropriate size.
I will supply a link how to measure for struts.

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Measure for gas struts

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ron.dittmer wrote:

2007 was the last year of the fiberglass hood on the E-series. We have a 2007 E350 rig with the fiberglass hood and I never considered it heavy.

I wonder how the old fiberglass hood compares to the 2008-current steel hood with regards to weight.
I didn't realize that they used to come with fiberglass hoods, my '07 Forester on the '06 E450 chassis came with the metal hood, as bobndot mentioned, the hood is so small, I
never considered it all that heavy.


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ron.dittmer wrote:

2007 was the last year of the fiberglass hood on the E-series. We have a 2007 E350 rig with the fiberglass hood and I never considered it heavy.

I wonder how the old fiberglass hood compares to the 2008-current steel hood with regards to weight.

The reason Ford went to fiberglass hoods years ago was the high number of complaints about stone chips and rust through.

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

ron.dittmer wrote:

2007 was the last year of the fiberglass hood on the E-series. We have a 2007 E350 rig with the fiberglass hood and I never considered it heavy.

I wonder how the old fiberglass hood compares to the 2008-current steel hood with regards to weight.
The reason Ford went to fiberglass hoods years ago was the high number of complaints about stone chips and rust through.
I understood the same. The previous generation Ford van had serious rust issues with the leading edge of the hood. Going fiberglass was the ultimate solution.

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bukhrn wrote:

I didn't realize that they used to come with fiberglass hoods, my '07 Forester on the '06 E450 chassis came with the metal hood......
Are you certain your 2006 E450 has a steel hood? Or are you "assuming" so? If it is truly made of steel, it must be an aftermarket replacement because I understand every original hood on the E150, E250, E350, and E450 made from 1992 to 2007 is made of fiberglass. Someone please correctly if I am wrong.

* This post was edited 01/14/22 05:59pm by ron.dittmer *

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