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fiberglass/cowl induction hood

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by jsck5, Jun 15, 2001.

  1. jsck5

    jsck5 Registered Member

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    I just bought a used cowl hood that was on a 86 k5 for my 87 k5. i put it on for a test fit and i notice that its arched or bowed, i think, the sides are taller than the fenders. not only that but the latch is a different design so that really sucks. some people tell me its for a different body stiyle thats why its not flush with the fenders and the latch is differnt, but it fit fine on an 86. im not sure if any one can help me on this but i just like bitching about it cuse this really really sucks, I wanted a cowl hood waaaaaaaaaaaa!
     
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    86 and 87 are exactly the same to my knowledge. Try laying it upside-down in the sun for a while, and see if that takes the bow out. Why not just ditch the latch and pin it? It would probably be more secure at any rate.

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    I think JC Whitney sells a little brace kit to fix this problem on the steel (factory) hoods. The pins may not be a bad idea either, I just put pins in my stock hood since I could never get the dang thing open.

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  4. Sparky87k5

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    I run a Harwood cowl induction hood and it would be bowed too if I didn't remove my hood springs. You can rotate the springs so that you have very little tension to lift the hood. If you don't lessen the tension, the hood will bow for sure. My guess is that the last owner didn't remove or rotate the hood springs. I use very little tension on mine.

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  5. 1990K5

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    ya thats right, i removed the springs completely on my 1990k5 and just pinned my fiberglass hood--no problems.
     
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    Unfortunately, 'glass hoods are notorious for bending like that. The sun does that alot. I had one on a '69 Camaro that drove me nuts. You may be able to straighten it out and maybe add some kind of reinforcements on the sides, but on alot that are already severly bowed you can't really do much.
     
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    If it isn't permanently bowed from the warping/heat, you can buy 'light' springs to replace the stock monster ones..........had to do this on my '71 Camaro when I put on a fiberglass cowl induction hood and it solved the problem. Probably the springs holding up the hood. Take the stock ones off and see if that solves your problem.

    Source for the springs? Not sure, but try Harwood.

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    I run a fiberglass drop-center hood. I dont use springs on it and pin the front. Pics of it somewhere on my site, just too lazy to find em :)

    Oh yeah, no problems with it bowing without the springs.

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    <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by xtreme_wlr on 06/15/01 08:55 PM (server time).</FONT></P>
     

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