Slongholio a custom metal hood that worked so the engine still cooled would probably cost twice what the plastic one does. Roger
Thanks for the feedback.
Maybe it's just the 345s then. The forum and web are full of instances and even cragslist "hood has the usual cracks".
I'd buy a metal one even if it cost twice as much, since I know I won't have to buy another one down the road. On the other hand - adding $800 to the price of a new tractor from the dealer would probably have scared a lot of people away.
I'm going to check with my cousin next time I'm down his way, he's a life long mechanic and fabricator. Maybe depending on how much it would cost, can set up a run and sell the extras. Looks like this tractor will last me forever, after 13 years only have a little over 500 hours. I've seen some for sale with upwards of 2,000 hours on them. And this on is running like new since I replaced the carb.
Or if anyone here want's to quote me one. I see member of the month built a sweet looking rig - but wasn't a 345.
But I'll go continue going commando before I pony up $400 for another plastic one.