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hangar401

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Question.Did all 78 thru 80 Cutlass have an aluminum hood.Was surprised to find that out a while back.
 

DoubleV

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No they didn't all come with aluminum hoods.
 
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69hurstolds

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Not all cars came with aluminum hoods as stated. In 1984, it seemed they were more rampant on the Calais as I had seen SEVERAL examples with aluminum hoods, and some with steel hoods. My dad's had an 84 Calais with an aluminum one. You could fling the hood open with a flick of a wrist. I honestly didn't care for that.

To note, not a single VIN 9 car had an aluminum hood. The 83/84 H/O hoods were a different part number than the regular Cutlass hood, and they were all steel. Although the aluminum hood was listed in the parts book for purchase, no factory 85-87 442 has been found with an original aluminum hood to date.
 
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AZRegal

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no factory 85-87 442 has been found with an original aluminum hood to date.

I think that is because an aluminum hood combined with that torque monster 307 and the 3.73 rear gears was causing too much front wheel lift off the starting line. The steel hood helped keep the front tires planted. 😂
 
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oldsmobile joe

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i think the driving force at gm was to use aluminum parts to keep the vehicle weight within certain parameters for c.a.f.e. ratings. my first and second 79 calais' were v8s with th200 trans, both had aluminum front and rear bumper inserts and hood. my 79 calais with the 260 and 5spd has steel bumper inserts and hood. my 78 salon and 79 cruiser wagon are all steel. i have parted out one 79 supreme with a v6, as well as a 79 supreme diesel, all steel. and one v8 supreme with aluminum parts.
now this does not pertain to damaged cars that were repaired. a steel bumper insert or hood was cheaper than aluminum but yet still a factory correct part to repair a damaged car with according to the insurance companies.
there was some sorta c.a.f.e to weight algorithm going on. certain options were only available through the dealers, otherwise it would push the vehicle weight up too high.
an example was when i was working at ford in the '90s, mustang v8s were not available with factory floor mats, dealer accessory only, because it would push the vehicle weight to a different classification.
 
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88hurstolds

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Had two '84 Calais, both black with sand gray, the Diesel one with all power had all steel, the 307 one with hardly any options had aluminum bumpers and hood... both sold in Northern Illinois, not sure what GM's algorithm was but it doesn't make sense.
 
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