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Product Review: Scott Rod Fabrication under the hood panels

May 30, 2013 by Chad Houghton


The art of perfection is something few have mastered when it comes to doing sheet metal work.  What used to cost big bucks from a crafted Tin Smith, left most of us budget oriented guys in the dust.  Sure, our cars were fast but they didn't look pretty while waiting in the staging lanes or in the pits when fans stopped by to see what just ran down the track.  Scott, owner of Scott Rod Fabrications, saw an opportunity and has created affordable do it yourself kits to give you that clean professional race car look without the huge cost.

When it comes to panels Scott has thought of it all.  Including, trunk floor pans, rear seat delete, door skins, dash panels, just to name a few.  Scott Rod Fabrications make panels for the Fox Body, Fairmonts, SN95, Maverick and coming soon S197 panels.  Though some of the panels come in aluminum that can be pop riveted in, for this article we will be showcasing the steel weld in panels, for the 79-93 Fox Body Mustang, engine bay.

The above shot is all the panels laid out in proper location.  Moving from the front to the back we have the front inner fender panels.  The long pieces laying on the inside are the frame rail covers.  Next we have the 3 pieces that cover the shock towers and behind those are the rear inner fender covers.  The small panel on the left is to cover the heater core and A/C holes on the firewall.  The last panel goes along the back covering the original hood hinges and wiper motor.

Inner Fender Panels (#FIC-STL)

The most recognized piece in Scott Rod's arsenal, is the front inner fender panels.  Originally designed in aluminum, these steel ones can be tack welded in place.  Giving you that finished look rather than filling those massive 4 inch holes in the originals.  If you plan on welding these panels all the way around, you can go ahead and remove the original inner panels.  As long as you leave a half inch at the top and a half inch in the front portion of the inner fender, so you have something to weld to.  If you are wondering why there are so many cuts and bends, it is because Scott has done all the work for you.  He has made these panels so they slide in and fit very well.  The top front is notched to fit under the top lip of the frame rail.  The bottom inner, is notched to fit around the rad cradle and the curved front fits around the rad cradle and head light bezels.  The only part that needs to be tweaked is the back part around the shock tower.  Every car is assembled differently so these need to trimmed to fit.  Just take a die grinder with a sanding diskand sand off a little at a time, always checking to see if it fits (we plan on doing this to our project car and will have a step by step install on these pieces).

Frame Rail Covers Steel (#FFRC-STL)

These are the pieces that run along the inner frame rail.  The left photo shows the cut outs around the front of the rad support.  It is tack welded to the frame rails.  The right photo shows the back is cut out to fit the engine bay frame rails meet the under body rails at the firewall.  The cuts on the front and back are the perfect shape making them easy to install.  These are only available in steel and must be welded in.

Strut Covers Steel (#FSTRUTC-STL) 

These 3 piece kits are ideal to fill in the shock towers.  Laid out so you can see the center, front and back in order, these are contoured to fit with the driver side center piece cut out for the brake distribution block hump up until now you probably never noticed it was even there .  Slight bending only, these will make your life a lot easier when trying to fill in those 1000 useless little holes the shock towers are known for.   These are only available in steel and must be welded in

Rear Inner Cover (#FIRC-STL)

These pieces go just behind the shock tower and up against thefirewall.The one on the right (driver side) even has the notch cut out to fit around the plate on the firewall were the steering shaft comes through.

Firewall Heater Core Cover (#FHC-1)

This cover comes already treated with weldable primer.  Cut into a shape that fits the nature flow of your firewall this is a must have, to cover the large holes once you remove your heater box and A/C lines.

Firewall Cover, without hood hinges (#FFC-FF)

The Firewall Cover, without hood hinges is the one you want when adding a lift off hood.  If your hood has factory style hinges they do have one with the holes cut out on ether end.  Both have the wiper motor indent covered so it will give you that clean look across the firewall.  You will also notice there is a bead roll down the center just to break it up a bit so that your eyes are not drawn to the firewall seam just below the cowl.  You will notice the curves follow the shape where the cowl meets the firewall.  This piece already comes sprayed with weldable primer on both sides.  All that is need for the install is to clean and start welding!