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Old 07-07-2014, 08:42 PM   #1
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Hood Modification

I am doing a SBC conversion and find that my air cleaner of choice (in addition to all the other choices I made along the way) results in my air cleaner too close to the hood.

Has anyone removed the hood center brace? If so did you do anything to stiffen the hood without it?

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Old 07-10-2014, 06:49 PM   #2
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I guess I have another first on my hands. I will let you all know what I end up doing.

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Old 07-14-2014, 09:44 PM   #3
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I cut out the brace and now have approx. 1/4 inch clearance at the a/c stud and a little more to the a/c top cover.

I am probably going to add lovers or a scoop to the hood to help let some of the heat out.
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Old 07-16-2014, 03:17 AM   #4
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I'm simply using a 2in filter on mine, had to trim the stud to get clearance. Im running a throttle body though so most likely later on i'll remove the little spacer piece that goes between it and the air filter so i can run a 3 or so inch foam filter.
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I cut out the brace and now have approx. 1/4 inch clearance at the a/c stud and a little more to the a/c top cover.

I am probably going to add lovers or a scoop to the hood to help let some of the heat out.
The louvers should help strengthen the hood a little too.
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:29 PM   #6
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Anyone try to pull a scoop or louvers in the actual hood rather than putting on a secondary piece? Without a die and press louvers may be pretty tough but I can envision a relatively simple process to form a scoop but t may need material added due to the pull back on the leading edge.
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I have had thoughts about making a cowl hood by just cutting out the center of the hood and raising it up.
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I would think that the way the hood is designed, if you tried to "stretch" louvers or a cowl style into the hood, the sides are just going to buckle. Just my 2 cents.

I have done a lot of bodywork in my time with Jeeps, and trying to change a flat panel without heat to make it expand or a die to press it, is going to be near impossible.

I believe that a custom built hood is in your near future.
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