With the 1650 diesel conversion I have had to extend the hood by 8 inches also. I cut the hood into 2 pieces so that the hole for the gas cap would be in the correct position. I then cut some 16g sheet metal to be 8 inchs wide and long enough to reach across the hood. I broke out my flux core welder because thats what everybody said to use. I am running .035 wire and set the dials to the recomeneded settings, min 1 power and 2-3 on wire speed. It blew nice holes right through the metal. Did a little more research and started using a brass backing plate. Now it just burns holes but dosent blow them. Did some more reading and came up with torch welding it. Well torch welding aint so good on butt joints. Used a backing plate and still managed to make holes. I did have some sucess with the torch but couldnt get a consistant weld,just spotty. Decided to heck with it and started to braze the pieces together. Well that didnt go so good either, you see you cant grind the braze material off and have the pieces stay together. Who Knew? So as a last ditch effort I broke out my little check 110V sears stick welder and some 6013 rods. I struck and arc expecting to see it blow through too, but would you believe it ran a nice bead. No holes, just a nice little bead. So I finished out what I could and went back and tried to fill in the holes I had made from my previous attempts. It looks like I am going to have to cut out some bad spots and put in some patches, there is no hope for some of the areas I boogered up.
And NO yall aint gettin no pics of the mess.