fiberglass hood

jlat

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Jan 25, 2013
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hello people: I have a Buick but I was wondering how many of you G-bodies have one? Besides the weight saving what do think the pros and cons are?
IBBY
 

565bbchevy

Geezer
Aug 8, 2011
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Michigan
A quality steel hood will usually fit with no issues but for me I like the weight savings of a glass hood and you can get into scoop styles that you really can't do in steel.
A glass hood will take more prep to fit and paint but the quality ones are minimal, I have been lucky my first two hoods fit well, the second being a Harwood show series.
My newest hood I had custom made by Glasstek which is a bolt on 6.5" Sunoco style hood which I have yet to fit to my Monte but don't expect any issues.
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For my Regal I kept my factory hood but added a 2" fiberglass bolt on scoop to give me the clearance I needed and made it functional.
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If you don't need the weight savings a good steel hood will be an easy install, fiberglass hoods typically need to be trimmed on the edges around the perimeter and requires a little more work to get a nice fit.
Availability of the style hood for your particular car will also be a deciding factor.
I have also heard some of the cheaper glass hoods fit like crap and need a ton of prep just to look OK at best.
 
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jlat

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Jan 25, 2013
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hello people: and hello 565. What's under the Chevy hood and same with the Buick? On my T the up pipe hits the insulation a bit but it's made a home. I think it started hitting after I put in the SLIC.
IBBY
I just read the Chevy stuff but a ported SV is a blower?
 

565bbchevy

Geezer
Aug 8, 2011
7,840
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Michigan
What's under the Chevy hood and same with the Buick?
The Monte has a 565 big block Chevy and the Regal which is just a cruiser has a mild 355 SBC with AC and overdrive.

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jlat

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Jan 25, 2013
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hello people: Looks like your a Chevy man and that's OK with be, I have a Buick but l Iike em all. Is that hydro-boosts I see? I guess a super V is a carb.? Looks good.
IBBY
 

565bbchevy

Geezer
Aug 8, 2011
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Michigan
hello people: Looks like your a Chevy man and that's OK with be, I have a Buick but l Iike em all. Is that hydro-boosts I see? I guess a super V is a carb.? Looks good.
IBBY
The Monte has a belt driven vacuum pump for brakes no hydroboost, The carb pictured is a Quickfuel 1150 but I now have a Holley Ultra 1250 on there now.
 

565bbchevy

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Aug 8, 2011
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Michigan
And the ported SV is what?
That is an Edelbrock Super Victor intake manifold that is ported that is on the big block.
 
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lilbowtie

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Jan 7, 2006
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Had a 4 inch bolt on but didn't like the way it fit it would actually move @ different temps and the sun hitting it. It also took away the sleeper look. There wasn't much weight saving with the one I had. Have a metal one on the Sonoma.
 

565bbchevy

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Aug 8, 2011
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Michigan
There wasn't much weight saving with the one I had.
My Harwood is definitely heavier than my new hood and my first hood but when I ordered it years ago it was the only 4" cowl I could find but the "Show Series " has a second smooth layer of fiberglass on the inside which gives it a nice finished look but also it adds weight and takes another 1/4" of clearance away.
 

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