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Having just installed an ATI Procharger on my C5, I wanted to change the hood. Understand, the ATI fits fine under the stock hood, but it is tight. In fact, the hood touches the air bridge coming up from the intercoolers. In addition, the ATI does sightly increase the engine operating temp. So, I wanted a hood to release the warmer air, to allow more clearence to the air bridge, but flow water away from the engine.

After looking at all the hoods available, I decided on the Motor City Mold hood. That choice was based on the non-aggresive look, relative low-profile, built-in drainage, and lightweight carbon fiber construction.

The installer told me the hood was a snap to install (two hours, including coffee break). When I delivered the car to the paint shop, my painter told me the hood was the best prepared and finished he had ever seen in an after-market hood.

The only 'mod' I've made to the hood was to plug the right-side drain hole. The right drain is directly above the supercharger. The silicone plug results in water being directed to the left (driver side) where it falls harmlessly between the motor and radiator.

The custom paint should be completed in a couple of weeks. I'll post pictures of the finished hood. :)
 

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BigByrd said:
Having just installed an ATI Procharger on my C5, I wanted to change the hood. Understand, the ATI fits fine under the stock hood, but it is tight. In fact, the hood touches the air bridge coming up from the intercoolers. In addition, the ATI does sightly increase the engine operating temp. So, I wanted a hood to release the warmer air, to allow more clearence to the air bridge, but flow water away from the engine.

After looking at all the hoods available, I decided on the Motor City Mold hood. That choice was based on the non-aggresive look, relative low-profile, built-in drainage, and lightweight carbon fiber construction.

The installer told me the hood was a snap to install (two hours, including coffee break). When I delivered the car to the paint shop, my painter told me the hood was the best prepared and finished he had ever seen in an after-market hood.

The only 'mod' I've made to the hood was to plug the right-side drain hole. The right drain is directly above the supercharger. The silicone plug results in water being directed to the left (driver side) where it falls harmlessly between the motor and radiator.

The custom paint should be completed in a couple of weeks. I'll post pictures of the finished hood. :)
That is great to hear. I remember buying a fiberglass cowl-induction hood for a hot-rod-truck I had 13 years ago.

The body shop had to do so much work on the hood to get it right, it ended up costing me a fortune.
 
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I have heard nothing but good things about the MCM hoods. In fact, I would LOVE to have one for my car, but they are too much $$$$$$$
 
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I have heard nothing but good things about the MCM hoods. In fact, I would LOVE to have one for my car, but they are too much $$$$$$$
You C5 guys are lucky in a way... all those cool hoods to choose from.... but, we have the clamshell!
 

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I'm with BLM, I've only heard good things about their hoods and have a friend with one, very nice hoods.

I love the clamshell for ease of working on the motor, plus it looks cool. Our aftermarket hoods, if you can find them, are big $$$$$. :(
 

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I'm still here . . . but the vette isn't!

Sorry for the delayed pic's, guys!

My 'paint guy' hurt his back removing the carbon fiber hood (really????). So the paint project is slowly coming along. I'm going over tomorrow (Friday, 02/07) to see how the project is coming along. As soon as there is something to report, I'll post some pictures.

This WILL be worth the wait!! :huh:

BigByrd
 

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I'm still here . . . but the vette isn't!

Sorry for the delayed pic's, guys!

My 'paint guy' hurt his back removing the carbon fiber hood (really????). So the paint project is slowly coming along. I'm going over tomorrow (Friday, 02/07) to see how the project is coming along. As soon as there is something to report, I'll post some pictures.

This WILL be worth the wait!! :huh:

BigByrd
Pics? Your fans are waiting. :buhbye:
 
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