After looking at the cost of the hood mounts on various internet sites I figured I could make one just as good if not better myself. I enlisted some help of a couple buddies and the rest is history. I just thought I would share to prevent anyone else out there from overspending for something that a hampster could put together.
1. 40"x2"x2" piece of anlgle iron (I picked up at Home Depot - $15) - Ideally you would want to get at least a 40" piece, however HD only had pieces that were 36"
2. 4 new 1 x 1/4 hex bolts for the hood latches (it could be 5/16, don't remember)
3. 2 new 1 1/4 x 1/2 hex bolts for attaching two pieces of angle iron
4. 2+ new 1 1/2 x 1/2 hex bolts for attaching Hi Lift to angle iron
5. assorted washers, nuts, and 2+ wing nuts for attaching Hi Lift
1. Cut two 3" pieces off of the angle iron and attach them to the top of the hood latch with the four 1 x 1/4 hex bolts.
2. You need at least 33" of angle iron left over in order cover the hood from latch to latch. Attach the long piece of angle to the 3" pieces making a backwards "C" with the open part of the C facing the windshield.
3. Drill as many holes as you would like in order to attach the Hi Lift to the angle iron. I made 5 holes, and has you can see i have 2 bolts on the handle side to compensate for the extra weight at the stand end.
4. I also used zip ties to keep the handle in place as well.
Thats about it. Pretty simple if you ask me. Total cost was in the neighborhood of $30. My buddy and I used titanium drill bits which worked really well. Also, I would suggest buying some rubber pieces that would go between the iron and the jack as well as between the wing nut and the jack. I would also suggest painting the angle iron for rust protection. I just dry fit this, and plan on finding some part like that.
The only issue I can forsee is that i can't throw the hood onto the windshield with the mount attached.