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How to Install a Hood Ornament

by Russell Wood

Hood ornaments. Call them old-school, something custom or tacky, they're still a modification that's popular to do. Plus, it's super easy.

Installing a hood ornament

Step 1

Place the masking tape on the hood where you'd like to put the hood ornament.

Step 2

Measure the hood to be sure the tape is centered correctly. Once you have the center, mark it with a permanent marker.

Step 3

Measure the mounting holes on the bottom of the hood emblem. Generally, there are two holes on a hood ornament; measure the distance between the two. Take that number and divide it by two, which will give you the center of the emblem.

Step 4

Transfer those measurements to the tape on the hood. Double check them to ensure your marks are accurate---this is where you will drill your holes.

Step 5

Drill holes in the hood using progressively larger bits until you get to a size just slightly larger than the bolts that hold the emblem to the hood.

Step 6

Peel the tape off of the hood.

Bolt the hood ornament to the hood using the 3/8-inch ratchet and sockets. The hood ornament is now successfully installed and good to go.

Tip

  • Always double-check your measurements. You're going to be drilling holes in your hood, so you want to be sure they're right.

Items you will need

  • Drill
  • Drill bits in assorted sizes
  • 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set
  • Hood ornament
  • Masking tape
  • Permanent marker
  • Tape measure

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