Early style L88 hood (long cowl)

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    We are working on an early style long cowl L88 hood. These will be available in several different styles of fiberglass and carbon fiber:

    - lightweight pin on only

    - bolt on with mounting points for hood latch and hinges (requires light springs)

    - outer skin bonded to steel inner core. will use all of your factory hardware and no hood pins (use OE hood springs)
     
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    Very nice. I like the steel core idea. When will you have these available?
     
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    I don't yet have a deal worked out for a supplier of the steel inner cores. Long term I would like to have 80/81 inner cores as these cores have the ability to seal to an air cleaner.

    I have the inner core stripped from my 71 hood and will use this piece as the prototype. If anyone has ever bought a fiberglass hood you know that the sides to not extend down like the steel ones. This means I have to extend the sides of the mold make a proper looking hood.

    Once completed the fiberglass will be bonded to the steel frame using a bonding agent, in common terms it's called Corvette glue.

    This will give the hood rigidity and support of a steel hood but have an aftermarket laminate on top. This is how we made all of our hoods at GMMG.
     
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    FYI our hoods are mocked up on a squared up front end to ensure proper fitment. Only after we are satisfied with the fitment quality of our products do we move on to the next stage of casting the molds. The finished product is only as good as the original mold.

    We take the time to make sure all lines are correct and that the product doesn't have any waves in it. We also vacuum infuse our resin to ensure proper saturation and uniformity.
     
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    I'm going to be in Kennesaw tomorrow. Can I come by and check you out.
     
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    fast12 you have a PM
     
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    As MadMike pointed out in another post; I have his hood and it is a real hood. We start with the best of the best and then make it better.

    Here are some deminsions off the hood for anyone who is wondering.

    From the front of the hood to the point of the v is 13"
    The length of the cowl area is 39"+
    The front of the cowl is 3" tall
    The back of the cowl is < 2" tall. Last measured flat part of the hood was 2"

    These are just rough numbers and are not intended to be exact.

    The hood is profiled so that it has the same gap all around the windshield from edge to edge.

    This hood will clear hide-away wipers. We will re verify this claim before the mold is made.
     
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    Nice to meet you Lee. I think you are on the right track. The hoods will be nice. Something that GM would put on their cars.
     
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