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Old 04-07-2006, 01:11 AM   #1
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Default How illegal is it to drive with no hood?

Fix it ticket? Car towed on me? Some other retarded ticket?

I'm in the process of selling a 97-01 fiberglass hood, possibly driving to Maryland. The hood made its way up to here hanging from the ceiling of a dodge neon (yes, hanging, I have pics to prove it) and the last time I tried to fit it in my Impreza sedan I ended up with 8 or 9 holes punched in my ceiling. I don't think it would be save driving with half the hood handing out of the trunk, so then I got to thinking...

maybe install it the day before I take it down, get there, unbolt it, and drive back up here with no hood. How feasable would that be, or would that be instant ticket? Something tells me I may regret making this thread, but for the sake of knowledge...

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Old 04-07-2006, 01:13 AM   #2
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its not till you get caught,
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Old 04-07-2006, 01:22 AM   #3
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just keep ur finger cross that it doesnt RAIN or SNOW...
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Old 04-07-2006, 01:52 AM   #4
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Well.......i know some saab friends that have driven w/o a hood to pick one up......never got pulled over w/o a hood.....didn't go by any cops either tho.

When Murray was arranging dropping off a hood in Mass., he and I were tossing idea's around. Driving up to Mass. w/the hood and home w/o it came up, I called the local police station. Imeadiate answer was "no u have to have a hood" so according to that cop it was illegal.

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Old 04-07-2006, 04:05 AM   #5
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hhhhmmm, bring a giant piece of cardboard down with you and use that as a hood on the way back. Or you can become friends with someone who owns a truck.


oohh and tittywoop on the hood hanging from a ceiling
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Old 04-07-2006, 07:35 AM   #6
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When I had my rex I once got revved on by an POS accord with no hood. At first I thought weight reduction, until I saw the 4 250+lbs pound passengers (2 of which were female). My window as down and I stopped laughing long enough to say "You must be kidding".
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Old 04-07-2006, 08:43 AM   #7
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eh, not such a good idea. I dont know how good high sustained winds would be for the ''loose'' components under the hood.

the card board idea would work but you would have to duct tape the crap out of it to keep it on the car, and well thats not too good for the paint.

Rent a UHaul pick up for 20 bucks, problem solved.

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Old 04-07-2006, 09:06 AM   #8
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oohh and tittywoop on the hood hanging from a ceiling
ditto
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Old 04-07-2006, 11:51 AM   #9
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yes, hanging, I have pics to prove it)
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Old 04-07-2006, 12:25 PM   #10
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Oh yeah, about those pics...











He drove 3 hours like that, in the rain, windows half down like that, and got passed by two staties who didn't seem to notice.

Maybe that has something to do with why he's no longer my best friend...
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Old 04-07-2006, 12:27 PM   #11
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we debated doing the same thing (had a crumpled hood, picking up a new one). seller was kind enough to throw out our old one. I'm willing to be there is no 'law' against it, but it would obviously draw attention. And I'm sure if the cop wants to, he/she could construe it into some sort of safety violation.

+1 for neon pics
+1 for finding buddy with pickup truck

+1 for pics if you decide to drive hoodless!

hey- what about a sheet or tarp? might be easier to rig up?
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Old 04-07-2006, 12:30 PM   #12
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we debated doing the same thing (had a crumpled hood, picking up a new one). seller was kind enough to throw out our old one. I'm willing to be there is no 'law' against it, but it would obviously draw attention. And I'm sure if the cop wants to, he/she could construe it into some sort of safety violation.

+1 for neon pics
+1 for finding buddy with pickup truck

+1 for pics if you decide to drive hoodless!

hey- what about a sheet or tarp? might be easier to rig up?


What if the tarp melted?

Its going to draw as much attention having a sheet or tarp.

Some guys have clear hoods on the show circuit. Its going to be a violation if you get pulled over but just say you're going to pick it up and had no other method of transportation.

+1 for having big balls and taking a risk.
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Old 04-07-2006, 12:38 PM   #13
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I'm thinking a cardboard hood would be an instant fire hazard.....esp in traffic.

ship it or u-haul is the best bet, or find a buddy with a good size truck
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Old 04-07-2006, 12:54 PM   #14
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i hope it hails hahah
...go for it
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Old 04-07-2006, 01:17 PM   #15
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PLEASE move this to OT!
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Old 04-07-2006, 01:52 PM   #16
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I thought tristate was a form of t3h OT?
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Old 04-07-2006, 04:53 PM   #17
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i've had to deal with this on 3 different occasions, one as a stupid teenager, one in a learning period, and one as a "mature" driver..

first time, we went to Target and bought 10 cheal bed pillows and 2 ratchet-straps, total cost was like $40 i think.. placed the pillows on the OEM hood on the car, then positioned the other one on top, and strapped it down with the ratchet straps. no damage occured, though on the 8 hour trip home, some of hte pillows went flying out the back, about 30 feet into the air.
this was with a 1990 celica, bringing home an All-Trac hood.

the 2nd time was when i bought my RS hood, i took moms Minivan up to New York and layed the hood on the floor in the back(after removing seats at home)

3rd was when i finally got my RS hood painted, i sold the L hood to a guy in CT, met him in Mass.
this time i didnt have access to the van, so i went to Wal-Mart(stupid idea), bought a cheap $20 roof rack, came home, cleaned where it sits on the roof, strapped the rack down, then tied the hood to the rack with 2 ratchet straps. it held just fine, did shift a tiny bit, but thats becuase it wasnt tightened down, either way it wasnt gona fly off.

yes, a hood is much larger than a roof panel, so you get a nice BIG sun visor when its mounted up there.
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Old 04-07-2006, 05:26 PM   #18
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Ha... the weekend after Easter, we'll see what happens.
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Old 04-07-2006, 08:21 PM   #19
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i'm not sure if the laws vary from town to town but a friend of mine had to pick up a hood, so he asked a buddy of ours who was a cop and he said that it is legal to drive like that for 24 hours, but he also said be careful anyway because you're way more likely to get pulled over like that (obviously) and even though it may be technically legal they'll still find something else to ticket you for.

late
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Old 04-07-2006, 08:48 PM   #20
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I'm sure it varies by state, but it's illegal in PA and that's where you're gonna be doing most of your driving.
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Hood and Hood Latches - The entire motor
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subchapter shall be covered by a hood. The
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Old 04-07-2006, 08:55 PM   #21
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Yes it is illegal...thats until the VW Show N Go starts.


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Old 04-08-2006, 01:01 AM   #22
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Why not give this a try. Let's take a few things into consideration-

1) Only you know you don't have a hood
2) All else would have to clearly see you don't have one
3) You'll be in a car doing 50-65mph
4) When was the last time you can clearly see something minorly out of wack on someones car?

So what I'm saying is you just need to make the illusion that you have a hood. So I propose you get some strong hard wires and lay them across the bay and fasion them very well. Then place a piece of tarp over it of whatever color your car is. Again fasion it on very well. The real important thing would be to make sure the front doesn't catch any air lift cause it WILL send that stuff flying. The only other worry is if you got a TMIC- not sure what you can do about that =/ You ofcourse can also go rent/borrow a friends a van/suv and just put it somewhere.
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Old 04-08-2006, 10:47 AM   #23
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Why not give this a try. Let's take a few things into consideration-

1) Only you know you don't have a hood
2) All else would have to clearly see you don't have one
3) You'll be in a car doing 50-65mph
4) When was the last time you can clearly see something minorly out of wack on someones car?

So what I'm saying is you just need to make the illusion that you have a hood. So I propose you get some strong hard wires and lay them across the bay and fasion them very well. Then place a piece of tarp over it of whatever color your car is. Again fasion it on very well. The real important thing would be to make sure the front doesn't catch any air lift cause it WILL send that stuff flying. The only other worry is if you got a TMIC- not sure what you can do about that =/ You ofcourse can also go rent/borrow a friends a van/suv and just put it somewhere.

good luck not letting air pass over a tight tarp, thats nearly impossible. lift is generated when air passes OVER an object... so as air passes over the tarp, and lifts up into your line of sight, you run into the back of a truck.

borrow someons SUV or van.. hell, go to Lowes and rent a truck for $20.dont be stupid about driving without a hood. its dangerous.
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Old 04-09-2006, 01:39 AM   #24
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Ya the most i've driven with out a hood would be like 10min around the block to check alignment of the car (after a minor hishap). LOL got some looks from the neighbors when i went down the road w/o a hood (&front bumper).

Honestly I agree with Murray it isn't the safiest thing in the world to do. Around the block is 1 thing but a long drive at a constant 60MPH + is another.

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Old 04-09-2006, 04:25 PM   #25
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dumb q - how about taking out the rear seats and the rear 'x' and see if you can creatively stuff it (your stock hood) in there, while having the fiberglass one installed on your car?

you cando the impreza ceiling thing.. except this time with pillows..

i picked up a hood like that in the wagon with mcdade in ct and drove it back to NJ with wheels and other crazy stuff...
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