My main concern is safety. With the hood slightly up the airflow pushing up on the hood is extremely high, especially at higher speeds. Depending on the damage to the hood latch etc the hood could come flying up and smash your windshield and block your view.
It will also change the characteristic of the airflow under and over your car. This may not seem a big deal but cars are designed with airflow in mind. This may cause lift to the front of the car which could possible affect your steering. At high speeds the air could get up under the car and cause it to float and possible a major accident.
More on airflow. If you look at the front of the car the openings, panels etc are designed to direct the airflow to certain areas. Around the suspension and into the engine. This not only keeps the engine cool but also affects your sensors on the engine that are reading the information.
Rain water. Yes. Over time it may get into the pulley's etc. But to me right now that is not as critical as the airflow.
Unless the firewall or front area that seals around the doors or windshield was damaged etc there shouldn't be any water that gets into the
This is my suggestion and everyone has their own. I suggest since you don't care about the looks then go to the local body shop and tell them you want the hood to at least sit flush. You are not wanting it to be pretty just functional.I would think if you checked a couple of shops you could find one that would do it pretty cheap.
Hope that helps
Sunday, August 16th, 2009 AT 12:14 AM