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I ordered my L-88 hood from Vanacors and drove over there Friday to pick it up. My wife and I really enjoyed the drive to just west of New Orleans.

I met Mike Vanacor at the shop to load up the hood. The hood is made really well. When I put it on the Vette it matched perfectly and needed no modification to line up. I highly recommend buying from Vanacor!! :thumbsup:

BTW, the interior of my Tahoe now smells like fresh fiberglass. Even though it was cold (to us Southerners), 40 degrees we drove from time to time with the windows down to breathe fresh air. :laughing::laughing:

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The hood looks really great. Thats gonna' look cool on the Vette. Did it come painted and with holes for the opening assembly??

You didn't happen to notice if they had a
Stinger hood for my 81 while you were there,
by any chance , did you??????

BTW, looking at your pics, it seems someone has stolen parts off your front end.:laughing:
 

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The hood looks really great. Thats gonna' look cool on the Vette. Did it come painted and with holes for the opening assembly??

You didn't happen to notice if they had a
Stinger hood for my 81 while you were there,
by any chance , did you??????

BTW, looking at your pics, it seems someone has stolen parts off your front end.:laughing:
Thanks! My Vette is still off the frame so that is why the front bumper assembly is off right now.

I did not see a stinger hood there, but they build body part to order. Contact them about the stinger hood, I bet they can build you one. for a lot cheaper than what the other places sell them for. Here is their website and their contact number is on there. http://www.vanacorscorvette.com/ I communicated with Jackie Vanacor who was a lot of help when I was ordering the hood.

I ordered this hood right after the New Year and they had it completed first part of this week. It take a couple of weeks to make the hoods. They are still recovering from going out of business a while back, and this is the second generation of Vanacors starting it back up. Progress is slow right now, but they do really quality work. My hood has the hardware attachment points to fit '73 - '82 Vettes. It is not painted yet, it was this color when it was made.
 

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Thanks! My Vette is still off the frame so that is why the front bumper assembly is off right now.

I did not see a stinger hood there, but they build body part to order. Contact them about the stinger hood, I bet they can build you one. for a lot cheaper than what the other places sell them for. Here is their website and their contact number is on there. http://www.vanacorscorvette.com/ I communicated with Jackie Vanacor who was a lot of help when I was ordering the hood.

I ordered this hood right after the New Year and they had it completed first part of this week. It take a couple of weeks to make the hoods. They are still recovering from going out of business a while back, and this is the second generation of Vanacors starting it back up. Progress is slow right now, but they do really quality work. My hood has the hardware attachment points to fit '73 - '82 Vettes. It is not painted yet, it was this color when it was made.


Thanks a bunch for the info and the site. I remember
Vanacor from years age. I still have their old site in my favorites. I had talked to them back then but then they bailed out. I'll give them a shout again and see what they want to do the deed. Thanks again,, Larry
 

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Thanks a bunch for the info and the site. I remember
Vanacor from years age. I still have their old site in my favorites. I had talked to them back then but then they bailed out. I'll give them a shout again and see what they want to do the deed. Thanks again,, Larry
Anytime!! :thumbsup:
 

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I ordered my L-88 hood from Vanacors and drove over there Friday to pick it up.
Any shots from the driver's seat? And is it the standard or the high rise? I can't seem to make the final decision between them for my 74. I like the idea of extra room for a better intake, but not sure if the high rise would block the view too much.
 

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I'm kind of partial to the L88 hood myself.;)

Looks great and it will look even better when it's all painted!:thumbsup:
 

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That is a great looking hood :thumbsup:
When are you going to finally be done with rebuilding it? Just say the word and we'll put a crew together to help you finish it :D
 

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Any shots from the driver's seat? And is it the standard or the high rise? I can't seem to make the final decision between them for my 74. I like the idea of extra room for a better intake, but not sure if the high rise would block the view too much.
This hood is not the tall one, it is only 2 inches taller than the stock '78 hood. they make one that is 2 inches taller than this one, which makes it 4 inches taller than stock. A friend of mine had the tall hood on a '69 Vette and it was hard to see over it when making a right turn, so I decided to go with the shorter of the two.

This is the best pic I have from inside.... it is from the passenger-side, but gives you an idea of what it looks like:



 

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That is a great looking hood :thumbsup:
When are you going to finally be done with rebuilding it? Just say the word and we'll put a crew together to help you finish it :D
Yea, we can go all Overhaulin on that bitch!!
That would be fun!!! Only thing is I don't have all the parts yet. Once I get all the parts I need, we could do that!!! :thumbsup:
 

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This hood is not the tall one, it is only 2 inches taller than the stock '78 hood. they make one that is 2 inches taller than this one, which makes it 4 inches taller than stock. A friend of mine had the tall hood on a '69 Vette and it was hard to see over it when making a right turn, so I decided to go with the shorter of the two.

This is the best pic I have from inside.... it is from the passenger-side, but gives you an idea of what it looks like:

Thanks very much, it could be the angle but it doesn't look like it obscures the view too bad. Think I'll err on the side of caution and order the standard. :cheers:
 

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Hey Match.......I checked out Vanacors site
and they didn't show a Stinger Hood so I
sent them an e-mail.

Jackie got back to me with the following info:

Stinger hood for the 81 $565.00

Crating and shipping to
a FED-X freight location $150.00

$715.00 doesn't sound to bad.

Guess I'll have to start saving my pennies.
I don't know how most guys feel about getting rid of the pop-up headlights, but I hate them.
Had them on a beauatiful Pontiac Formula
before the Vette, not to my liking.
Yesterday, I picked up a set of recessed headlights from a guy on Craigslist for $350.00,
60 miles from my house. Quick road trip.
thanks again for the info....
 
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