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WHO RUNS COWL INDUCTION HOODS?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Bullet, Jun 30, 2002.

  1. Bullet

    Bullet 1/2 ton status

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    Wondering who here runs a cowl hood. Which is better Steel or fiberglass? What brand? What hieght? Gotta lose the hood ornament and add some attitude to the Jimmy for the engine swap /forums/images/icons/cool.gif Thanks for the help
     
  2. Seventy4Blazer

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    umm, i would get a metal one if you have never worked with glass before. glass is nice but you need to know how to repair it.
    that is why i am getting a glass one. thats my job. metal cools better, can use stock hinge setup and is stronger. glass is lighter. here is a link. and get the height that you like. around 3 inches looks good to me. but i am going with 3.5.

    http://www.up22.com/

    grant
     
  3. BILLY RAY

    BILLY RAY 1/2 ton status

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    I have a fiberglass one. I just wanted to lose a little weight. /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
  4. Brady

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    built my own hood scoop for my '77 crew cab.Sort of copied the cowl hood design.Not as long of a scoop though.I like the looks of the aftermarket cowls but didn't want to pay up the a$$ for one.It came out pretty good.Not quite done yet.Need to weld it and add some bondo and paint.I did this to let some heat out from the BB.
     
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    Anyone have a tilt frontend on their trucks? And use them off-road?
     
  6. JK5

    JK5 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I`m running a steel cowl hood made by Key-part! Fit and looks great!
     
  7. wkasak

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    I have been running a fiberglass cowl hood with about a 2.5/3" rise for about 4 years now. When I wanted a cowl hood the only ones I could find were fiberglass, or custom made. I wasn't impressed with the Harwood hoods because of the quality, and inability to use the factory hinges, and springs. The hood I bought is finished on both sides with metal inserts to retain the factory springs. It was made by a company out of Texas, that I doubt is still in business. I do have a few stress cracks, and has the not so flat paint look now after a few years. My advice is go with a quality fiberglass hood if weight is your major concern. Although I don't think mine weights much if any less then a metal hood, since it is two separate pieces molded together with the metal inserts. Go with the metal cowl if fitment, paint quality, and structural integrity are a priority. If I had it to do over, I would go with the new metal hoods, because weight is not an issue for me. However I am very happy with my current hood, and have no reason to replace, unless it gets damaged. Here's a pic of my hood at http://www.geocities.com/wkasak/My_Blazer_Site.html?1025528701529 Good luck.
     
  8. Overkill

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    Im thinking about cutting open the original metal hood and hand making a fiberglass scoop. Been experimenting a lot lately with fiber and it seems like it wouldn't be too hard, just time consuming. I want to get the air filter seperated from the engine bay to keep water out and get some cooler air. Best of both worlds? we'll see....
     
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    There is a place in Rapid City, SD that make a metal cowl scoop to add to your exisiting hood. Approx. $150. Will try to find a link. Want to this for my '66, and might put one on the 'Burb. /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif
     
  10. muddysub

    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    rodzilla is right their site is www.speedcenter.net /forums/images/icons/smile.gif /forums/images/icons/cool.gif

    they're steel cowls that you weld onto your hood, i think it's very cool.
     

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