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Post by Psychlonic on Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:58 pm

Basically I'm looking for the best deal on a 4" cowl hood that will use the hinges. Fiberglass. And the last thing is that I'm looking for one that doesn't come up entirely to the nose of the hood, there's a little bit of gap left that's still flat before it rises up into the cowl.

US Body's 4" heavy duty cowl hood meets this criteria, but it's also basically $800 which is ridiculous when other companies offer bolt-on hoods for $500 or less. VFN Fiberglass seems to offer a nice one, but the cowl comes completely out to the nose. While I think it looks better, it's a deal breaker for my application. Fiberpartsconcepts offers absolutely no information on their hoods nor a picture of the G3GM cowl at all so I have no idea what I'm getting myself into with them.

Any other companies? Anyone seen the FPC cowl before? I've been doing tons of body work and I really want to avoid glassing my own, I'm getting sick of the body work and would like to hurry up and get the damn thing painted already.

EDIT - Guess I should probably add, this is for a 73 Laguna.

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Re: Need Help Choosing Cowl Hood

Post by 77mali on Thu Oct 04, 2012 6:24 am

Check out the 1st few pages- maybe you can mod one of these if necessary into you original hood?

http://www.eharwood.com/pdf/Harwood-catalog.pdf
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Re: Need Help Choosing Cowl Hood

Post by Psychlonic on Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:57 pm

I'm looking for an all fiberglass hood for weight savings. I could mod a stock-style fiberglass hood but I'd rather not have to if at all possible.

EDIT - Just got off the phone with FPC and they seem like really good guys. Their hood is bolt-on which the site doesn't say and I need to give them a ring back on Monday so they can pull the mold and see exactly what the specs are on the cowl. If it meets my specs I'll likely be doing business with them.

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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Thu Oct 04, 2012 8:18 pm

While on the phone, can you see what they have for 73-77 montes?
Thanx in advance
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Re: Need Help Choosing Cowl Hood

Post by Joe73 on Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:40 pm

I'd also recommend the lightweight hood springs for a glass hood. Got them for my L88 glass hood. Makes everything operate smoothly.
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Re: Need Help Choosing Cowl Hood

Post by Psychlonic on Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:40 pm

Joe73 wrote:I'd also recommend the lightweight hood springs for a glass hood. Got them for my L88 glass hood. Makes everything operate smoothly.

Thanks for mentioning that, actually. I had that in mind awhile back but somehow had lost track of the thought more recently. I can imagine the stock springs would be brutal on the fiberglass hood when trying to close it.

1973 454 MONTE, I can throw the question in there but their website seems to suggest they don't support our Montes. Sad

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Post by 74 chevelle malibu on Fri Oct 05, 2012 3:25 am

Post what you find out . I have been looking also but don't want to drop that much money and not be happy with product.
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Re: Need Help Choosing Cowl Hood

Post by 77ElClassic on Sun Oct 07, 2012 12:20 am

I spent today walking the Carlisle Nationals (http://www.carsatcarlisle.com/) swap meet. I found one vendor selling cowl hoods for G3s. So far, he's only got the Chevelle/El Camino for our years. He had one in stock - 4" cowl. The cowl does start several inches back from the nose and he has a nice, heavy lip on the front and sides. Also a nice gauge steel reinforcements for the hinge bolts. They are advertized at 449.00 on the website - http://fiberpartsconcepts.com/1272797.html - but he offered it at $395.00 at the close of the show. I know he's near Philly and states they are all hand made their locally.
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Re: Need Help Choosing Cowl Hood

Post by Psychlonic on Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:05 pm

Hey, thanks a ton for the information. Seems like the best option for me then.

Unfortunately for me I'm clear across the country in Oregon so shipping is a necessary evil. Total cost is going to be... a lot. Sad But still far better than if I went with US Body.

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Re: Need Help Choosing Cowl Hood

Post by fishhead on Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:31 pm

I grafted a harwood 4" onto my 73malibu factory hood but had to compensate for the difference in the middle ridges.It looked killer but it was annoying looking through the windshield,i wouldn't recommend a 4" on the street because of obstructed view.I'm planning on a 2-2 1/2" for my next hood,i think they look a little more natural.Just my humble 2 cents.

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Re: Need Help Choosing Cowl Hood

Post by guna on Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:46 am

GLASSTEK.COM they offer flat bolt on and 4" cowl hood use lightweight hood spring for a 70-72 chevelle
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Re: Need Help Choosing Cowl Hood

Post by whiskeyboy84 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:40 pm

Hey BRother Check Out VFN Fiberglass they are the original producers of this hood I bought one from them about 10 years ago now they offer flat 2in and 4in also in bolt on and pin on plus they stock the matching light weight springs they can also be found on the el camino store the light weight springs that is.
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Re: Need Help Choosing Cowl Hood

Post by whiskeyboy84 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:45 pm

hey also forgot to post about the length of the cowl on the VFN give them a call I know mine was one of the first 2in cowls they did and it doesnt goe all the way to the nose of the hood it lacks getting there by 4 to 6 inchs I would go measure it but the car is in texas and I am here in kansas I am having a buddy of mine replace both rear quarter panels this winter since I cannot drive her up here.
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Re: Need Help Choosing Cowl Hood

Post by dragons_lair59 on Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:00 pm

73 long time ago i posted site for montes had hoods fenders ect if memory serves had doors and deck lids

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Re: Need Help Choosing Cowl Hood

Post by 77mali on Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:44 pm

I've seen people actually cut into the top half of their stock hoods in order to raise the metal upwards to form a cowl (like the type you see on the 68-72 Chevelles). Most have just used a bit of extra sheet metal to form the sides. It'll allow for flexibility as far as how far down you actually want to extend it & leave the center "bead" in the hood. It looks like a pretty easy operation as long as you are good enough with metalwork, can weld or know a good welder.

I googled the term- "Weld on cowl hood" & under images, there were quite a few that showed this- mostly Truck forums I think.
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Re: Need Help Choosing Cowl Hood

Post by Brainstain on Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:23 pm

I got a good deal on a glass hood with no scoop so I've been looking at the add on scoops. I would HIGHLY suggest mocking it up with cardboard on your current hood to see what you like in person. I did this last night and I'm really glad I did. I thought I wanted a 53"Long scoop and realized I hated how little flat there was before the scoop, so I cut 6" off of it and liked that much better.

No scoop



47"



53"



Just something to think about when you actually buy one.

Also, I was curious as to how bad it'd be to look over/around the scoop while driving. I'm kinda tall but this is what it'd look like inside to me.



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Re: Need Help Choosing Cowl Hood

Post by oldstofty on Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:01 am

here are pics of mine. mine i bought the cowl off ebay and riveted it to my factory hood with large rivets. plans are the use fiberglass and body filler to smooth it out.

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