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So the Love Boat’s “Super Luxury Sound Insulation” was getting really ragged, falling out and generally making a damn mess, so I got rid of it about a month ago. About an inch of loose-woven fiberglass with a thin fabric facing. I wanted something that would keep engine heat from melting the wax on the hood, so I stopped at Lowe’s and got a roll of this stuff:

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One roll was just enough to cover the hood. And for 20 bucks it’s a lot cheaper than Dynamat or any of the knockoffs. And you know what? It totally works. This thing is Rolls-Royce quiet now. Unlike the factory insulation, this stuff damps noise that the hood itself makes.

I put some in the rear quarters as well. Any large panel can act as a drumhead. Fortunately the roof is already taken care of by Ford.

You could use undercoating or bedliner, too. But this is neater and will reflect heat much better.

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Also, I put the Ansens back on. You’d think the T/As with their chunky block tread would be noisy, but they’re not. Random size blocks FTW.

UPDATE:

Did a hood-insulation experiment to find the ignition point of the foil/foam duct insulation I used.

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Experiment 1: Stuck some to the inside of the lid of my propane space heater. Directly exposed to flame, it started smoldering right off the bat, at 300 degrees.

Experiment 2: Sat it on the outside of the lid, foam side up. Started smoldering at 289 degrees. The lid was at 450.

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That’s far enough above the engine’s operating temp to call it safe.

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