Custom duster hood.

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    So I finally went off the deep end decided I needed to build my own hood scoop. I’ve been needing more space with my carb but I recently installed a sniper with a 1” spacer and now two different objects occupy the same space. You purists are probably gonna hate me. Oh well. At least it’s not a cowl.

    So on to the hood. I knew wanted a lower-wider scoop. Never been a huge fan of the HEMI scoop. Not that it’s bad just not my style. I’ve always like the style of the Belvedere scoop and so that’s the direction I’ve taken. I’m by no means a body guy and so this is all very much a learning experience for me. I tend to dive straight in.
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    I measured everything up and made a mock-up out of fiber board. Pretty straightforward so far. After i decided I liked it I went to cutting. I took out the center section so I could use that because I wanted the original hood lines in the center.
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    Now that’s gone along with the bracing underneath that I plan on using again somehow. Originally I planned on just welding the corner seams and shaping from there but decided that wasn’t a great idea. So now I need to make a small bench top metal brake. This is what I ended up with. 304C4332-6496-4B51-B07D-90B959805E98.jpeg
    I have a piece of angle that slides into two jigs I made and it folds upward onto the round stock. Now I get to learn basic sheet metal bending. I tired the 18 gauge but it ended up being a bit to stiff for my little brake. 20 it is. 1FB556F9-F004-4A09-81B0-BCF78268B2CE.jpeg
    I think it did okay. Gave the tight radius I wanted. Here it is mocked up.
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    I’ll start tacking it together maybe tomorrow. Still a ton left to do. I have some ideas I like but I’m trying to stay within my limits. Overall I’m pleased so far.

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    • Garrett Ellison

      Garrett Ellison Amateur driver on public roadway, do not imitate.. FABO Gold Member

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      This is hot rodding at it's best, the important thing is that your making it your way and it's built instead of bought. I like it!
       
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        Any plans on how to keep the water out....or will that not be a factor (drag race only)??
         
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        • Cope

          Cope Fusing with fire

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          I love it!!

          Well done man!!

          Just make sure you skip weld it and air cool it with compressed air so it dont warp.

          Verry well done sir!

          I always loved the belvedere scoop.

          That may verry well be the best home made scoop ive seen yet and ive made a few.....

          I run a open scoop directly bolted to my carbs with no air filters and dont even worry about rain getting in the engine. I do try to park with the front of the car pointed down so rain dont just run into the engine but tour your scoop wont do that.
          The only reason i dont drive in the rain is my spool and the slicks....and no wipers....or defrost....

          :)

          And thats not saying i haven't got caught out in the rain. I can tell you the last thing im thinking about is a little bit of water going into the mill... im more concerned about keeping my car out of the ditches...

          :lol::steering::thumbsup:
           
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          • Garrett Ellison

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            The only reason i dont drive in the rain is my spool and the slicks....and no wipers....or defrost....

            :)[/QUOTE]

            MAN’S CAR!
             
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            Cool !! Love DIY projects!
             
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              Lol at the rain. No I don’t even have wipers. Haven’t really thought about it.
               
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                Very cool. Can’t wait to see this one finished.
                 
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                • Garrett Ellison

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                  Thank you for posting! I was originally thinking of doing a fiberglass six pack scoop hood, but this has inspired me to take a whole new approach using what I’ve already got.
                   
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                    Like how you used the metal to carry the lines, nice job!
                     
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                      Man, love it!! Great lines. Kinda resembles the Air Grabber, but definitely longer. Just spitballing, but are you planning on taking the angle all the way down to the hood at the back by the cowl vent? Maybe a 1/2" - 3/4" drop there would be nice. Also, any thoughts on the scoop opening itself? You can get really cool mesh grill material for that. Like honeycomb or little circles or squares.
                      But, great work so far! Really impressive. I've been staring at my hood for months now, trying to figure out how I want to modify it for a scoop opening. I've got a couple ideas cooking, so we'll see if it becomes reality or not.
                       
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                        Thanks for all the reply’s. Makes feel good about where it’s headed.

                        So I’ve got an idea of how to transition it in the back but I don’t want to give that up yet. May call in some local help for it but it’ll be a surprise.
                         
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                          :popcorn: Nice so far :thumbsup:
                           
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                            Moving right along. I caught a wild hair and stayed up late tacking the sides together. (Hat tip to Cope - thanks for the reminder on the air. I had been told before but would’ve completely forgot so thanks.) Cleaned it up this morning and mocking up the bracing with small tacks. Definitely more sturdy and sits how I want it.
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                            I’m probably going to figure out how to carry that bracing to the edge to firm up those side pieces as well. A little hammering and dolly to the welds should tighten those slight bumps up
                             
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                              like others said, carrying the stock lines over will really make this pop

                              i think if you could get some nice thin rod, 1/8th or so, and weld it to the front, to smooth out the edges, i think it would look really cool
                               
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                                Yea I have a plan for that too. Going to try and bend up some thinner gauge that folds back and gives it a nice radius lip
                                 
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                                  You could also get some steel brake line, cut a straight slit down one side (lengthwise) then slide slit over edge of sheet metal.....corners might be tricky but it would look pretty cool!!
                                   
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                                  Scoop looks awesome! Following the hood lines was a great touch. Nice and clean looking.
                                   
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                                    Chugging along. Trying to take my time and get it how I want it with the tools i have. I’ve got the bracing pretty much final and welded on. I closed the front portion of the brace to the skin and I hand hammered the lip for the front and tacked it on. Trying to keep it nice and subtle. AB631DBE-3BA7-4380-99AD-2347668616C0.jpeg A4DB2933-995A-4129-A0B2-24E4B9328D1A.jpeg
                                    This middle portion of as especially tricky for me with only hand tools and never having done it before. I think it came out decent. 4E2D4DCB-ED48-481E-A827-77BC99BD59EB.jpeg
                                     
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                                      Front lip is finished up. Time to move to the rear transition. So this is the plan.
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                                        Mercy. This work ain’t for the faint of heart. There is a ton that goes into this stuff and I now have waaay more appreciation for the guys who perfect the skill. I’m getting there.
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                                          Welp it’s officially on the hood. I have a hood scoop...
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                                              Love it!
                                               
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