I am too the point of needing to get new hood ordered for my 65. Not sure if I have early 65 or late, I will have to check tonight. I assume, that the folded edge might be preferable to non folded, but it looks like there may be several versions. I am pretty certain that I remember having the front edge chrome and think I saw it on a high shelf the other night.
Is there a reason (not concerned over concourse correct) to get one version over the other ?
If your car's build date (door tag) is August 1964 or earlier, then you might want to invest in a 64 1/2 hood... It's not a matter of "preferable", it's just a matter of what's right for your car.
That said, there is only one choice for a 64 1/2 hood, and that's Original Ford Tooling. Taiwan doesn't make a 64 1/2 style hood. To further compound your confusion, the Original Ford Tooling 64 1/2 hoods (NPD # 16612-0) were manufactured using the late-1966-style frame (all 65-66 Original Ford Tooling hoods use this frame), so it's not as concours-correct as an original production hood would be. I honestly don't know the differences on the frames lol!! I'm sure someone here brighter than me regarding 64 1/2 and 65 can answer it.
Also, NPD lists one as being not only much cheaper than the original Ford tooling, but also claims it is improved over the original. I was planning to spend the extra $$ for Ford tooling but... Anyone want to comment?
, you want to lend your guidance?
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, and I think that whoever wrote the spiel for our 16612-1C hood online is a rogue employee who misinterpreted what "improved" means.
Our cheaper 16612-1C reproduction hood is improved and better than OTHER REPRODUCTIONS. It is manufactured by CK, and I do indeed consider it to be the gold-standard for reproduction hoods. BUT... there is no basis to consider it to be "an improved design compared to the original".
Please disregard that blather, and I'm going to jump on the source of it.
Hope I helped you decide, instead of just confuse!