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Repairing a cut hood on a
1950 John Deere Model B
using a hood patch panel
at Rusty Bucks Ranch LLC
Many a two cylinder John Deere has a cut hood as shown in the photo below.
This is done to easily accommodate a muffler replacement rather than properly doing the job
which involves removing the steering shaft, hood, as well as some wiring, shutter control rod,
etc. Yes, it's easier but that requires having to fix it for a later restoration.
Now, remove you're old patch if there is one
The easiest way to go about this project is to purchase your muffler and patch panel before you
even start the dis-assembly of the tractor for restoration. You'll be disappointed later if you don't
get proper placement and fit right now so take the time to temporarily install your new muffler
and begin fitting the patch panel. You'll want everything to fit right and then get it tack welded in
place. You'll then be in a position to remove and re-install the hood checking for proper
placement. Once you're sure it fits right, remove the hood and finish welding.
And the old muffler too.
The next two photos show an example of why you need to test fit everything as you go. The hole
by doing some metal fabrication to both the hood patch and the muffler. Keep in mind that you
need enough clearance for the hood to fit over the muffler even after it has several coats of
primer and paint.
Once the muffler is mounted and the hood patch is properly placed you're ready to mark around
your patch with a sharpie pen. Then begin using a cut off wheel to open the hole to the proper size.
Once your new hole is ready to accept the patch panel, tack weld it in. Just enough to secure it.
You still need to verify your original placement was correct. We used a wire welder with .035 wire.
After a test fit, you can start welding the patch in place. The hood patch is very thin gauge! Go slow
and don't overheat the metal and cause warping. Once it's welded in, use filler and do a skim coat
to smooth out the surface. You can now do any additional body work and dent removal now.

Primer the hood after filling and sanding. Block sanding is highly recommended.
Your now ready for paint (finished hood shown below and ready for decals)
This concludes our hood patch project.
Good luck on your project!
simple, labor plus
parts & material.  
In most cases we
will not bid a job,
however, we will
offer the best
estimate we can
but it will only be
an estimate.

When you give a
firm bid for doing
any type of repair
or service on this
type of
equipment, you
must have a built
in cushion to
cover any
problems that
might arise.  If no
problems arise,
the bidder comes
out ahead and
the customer
loses, however, if
major problems
arise the bidder
loses. Our policy
is made to be fair
for both parties
After a project
has been started
and if any
unexpected major
problems should
arise, the
customer is
always notified
before work
continues. We do
our best to keep
our customers
informed.  When
we go to settle an
account, we do
not like
surprises just as
much as the

We can/will stop
the restoration
process at any
time per the
request. Should
hardships occur,
you are not
locked in to finish
to completion any
project that is
underway. We
recognize that
daily life brings
obstacles along
the way. We can
delay or stop our
services at your
request should
you find yourself
in a difficult spot.
About our
Restoration Pricing
and Quotes policy
Have a cut hood?
Replacing a muffler?
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Removing the rear wheels?
See how to fix that...
This is a tips guide to the process of hood repair and is not meant to be a replacement for the
proper service manual instructions. Please refer to your service manual for additional details
and work safely!
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