Greg Clark
May 7, 2010

Horse Sense: The heat extractor hood from Cervini's has fiberglass drip pans that attach under the billet inserts on the underside of the hood. If you regularly take your car to the road course or dragstrip, you can leave the drip pans off to allow the release of air pressure that builds under the hood. That will help plant the front of the car, giving you more traction and control.

Let's just call it a bad day. I hit my neighbor's car with the front of my less-than-1-year-old Mustang. I did luck out though, and just bent the hood and cracked the front fascia. A higher power must have been watching out for the car.

With only my pride bruised, the silver lining of this little bump was the opportunity to upgrade my car's stock visage with some aftermarket attitude. Since the hood was bent, I could replace it with the hood I really wanted-Cervini's Auto Designs Heat Extractor hood (PN 1179; $575).

Because we replaced the factory prop rod with an aftermarket hood-strut kit, we also needed Cervini's Hood Strut Kit (PN 7103; $149.95). Cervini's offers two different kits-one for OEM hoods, and a kit for Cervini's hoods, which has stronger gas struts. Of course, while we were at it, I thought we might at as well continue the upgrades. As such, I also dialed up a Cervini's Type III chin spoiler (PN 4339FTB; $295.95).

Long known for its quality fiberglass work and stunning body kits, Cervini's now offers to paint the pieces in factory colors before they are shipped. You provide the paint code found on the driver-side doorjamb sticker-in our case, ZY for Vapor Silver-and the hood arrives with perfectly matching paint. There are two options for painting. You can have just the top of the hood painted or both sides as we did for that extra bit of shine. The painted hood option starts at $349.95 (PN PTD1179).

Cervini's Type III chin spoiler is designed to fit underneath the factory fascia. The spoiler comes finished in either textured black that you leave unpainted, or in a natural urethane finish that can be painted to match your car. We chose to leave ours black to better withstand the pitfalls of daily driving.

With parts in hand, we headed over to Express Paint & Body in Lakeland, Florida, to watch them effect the necessary repairs, and install the hood and chin spoiler.

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