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The damage to Kenworth T800 Metton hood pockets is very common. So common, in fact, that Kenworth has a technical service bulletin (TSB) that addresses the issue. Their solution? Replace the hood! An OEM Kenworth T800 hood will set you back at least $5,000. Even an aftermarket fiberglass Kenworth T800 hood costs about $2,500. Polyvance has a much more economical solution to repair the damaged Kenworth T800 hood pockets. Polyvance's "Kenworth T800 Hood Repair Kit" will allow you to repair the damaged horseshoe-shaped hood pockets on your Kenworth T800 for a fraction of the cost of replacing your damaged Kenworth T800 hood.
The "Kenworth T800 Hood Repair Kit" contains:
Tools that you will need: (not included with kit)
Clean both pockets and the surrounding area where the plate will be bonded in the hood with 1001-4 Eco-Clean Plastic Cleaner.
Hand sand the inside of the pockets with 60 to 80 grit sandpaper to roughen the surface and remove ALL paint.
Grind the flat area where the plates will be bonded with a 50 grit Roloc disk, then blow the dust away.
Clean the outside of the reinforcing plugs with 1001-4 Eco-Clean Plastic Cleaner.
Thoroughly grind the outside surface of the plug with a 50 grit Roloc disk to make the aluminum receptive to PlastiFix adhesive.
Grind the paint off of one side of the bearing plate to improve adhesion. Blow the dust away. Do NOT clean with Eco-Clean.
Drill a 1/8" pilot hole into the plastic using the middle plug hole as a guide. Use the correct DRVR or PASS plug. They are different!
Generously coat the plug and socket with enough PlastiFix adhesive to fill any gaps between the plug and the pocket.
Spread the adhesive evenly over the plug and inside the socket. Working time is about 15 minutes at room temperature.
Install the plug & use a #10 wood screw to secure the plug in position. Wipe up excess adhesive with a gloved finger or spreader.
Using two 5/16" x 2" bolts as a guide for the bearing plate, drill the first 3/16" rivet hole into the hood. Note: The plates are identical.
With a rivet temporarily placed in the first hole as a guide, drill the remaining rivet holes. Remove the plate, bolts, and rivet.
Fill the broken-out area on the side of the plug with adhesive, then coat the sanded side of the bearing plate with adhesive.
While pushing firmly down on the bearing plate, rivet the plate into place using four 3/16” rivets, one in each corner.
Fill the gap between the plate and the plug completely with PlastiFix. Clean up excess with a gloved finger or body spreader. Let cure for 2 to 4 hours minimum at 70°F.
Re-drill the bolt holes with a 5/16" drill bit.
Install the hood brackets using the supplied 5/16" x 1-3/4" bolts, nuts, and washers. Use a flat washer under both the bolt head and lock nut.
A job well done and ready for the road. Congratulations, you just saved a lot of time and money!