Molded Hood Insulation

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  1. Greg73Z28

    Greg73Z28 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Anyone have any experience with a molded hood insulation pad? The pad I used several years ago was not molded, and is starting to show some wear, so I am considering replacing it when the car comes back from paint. Any thoughts?

    Greg
     
  2. CamarosRus

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    I helped develop the reproduction pad that I have sold to many members at this web site.....

    The reproduction while not absolutely perfect copy of the original is still very nice......I also have the 1970/71 metal clips or the later round plastic retaining clips.

    Pad is $84 plus (not cheap) shipping. Pad can not be folded or rolled so
    is packed between cardboard like a sandwich and ships oversize.

    My Email is below...PLEASE do not PM me at this site

    Thanks
     
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    chuck's pad is as close as you get to a original pad unless someone has come out with a repo, as far as i know no one has.
     
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    flowjoe Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    You are correct, there is only one repop pad but Chuck doesn't make them he simply sells them. They are made by REM...like almost all other molded hood pads in the hobby. They are very nice pieces (like all of REM's products that I've seen) and Chuck is fairly competative on pricing IIRC.
     
  5. CamarosRus

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    Greg, Thanks for the inquiry......I will send you the best shipping price available on the pad.

    I have sold over 75 of these pads to satisfied Nasty members from East coast to Calif.

    Unfortunately shipping is a killer. Best deal of the year is at CARLISLE (Spring or Fall Swap or possibly GM Nationals) I can arrange for you to pick-up your pre-paid order and carry it home in your own vechicle.

    I also have pads in Seattle area for anybody in the NorthWest USA.


    Thanks, Chuck
     
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    I just acquired the hood insulation pad from CamarosRus member, Chuck Sharin. It is absolutely perfect! The clips Chuck provided worked perfectly and the insulation snapped into place just like Factory. Thanks Chuck
     
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    can you PM me a contact number/email for Chuck Sharin?
    Thanks!
     
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    see post #2
     
  9. 1980Z-28

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    This thread has been quiet for several months, so I wanted to post an update to anyone looking for molded hood insulation on their second generation Camaros. Chuck's (CamarosRus) hood pad was designed for the early Second Gens, but he wasn't sure if they would fit on later models. I own a 1980 Z28, so the center section above the air cleaner is removed for the air induction. I decided to buy one of Chuck's pads (made by REM) and try it out.

    It was delivered FedEx and was very well-packaged -- no damage to the molded insulation at all.

    http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/1980Z-28/media/IMG_5832_zps28122925.jpg.html?sort=3&o=8

    I previously had one of those flexible gray hood pads that comes folded up in a plastic bag. It fit, but didn't look right. I removed it, lined it up on the new molded pad from Chuck, and was thrilled to discover all of the holes for the retaining clips matched up perfectly. The perimeter of the pad was also perfect.

    The next step was figuring out where to cut the new molded insulation for the air induction. I overlaid the previous pad on the molded one. As it turns out, the thinner, recessed section on the new molded pad lined up just right!

    I started out by using a utility knife and gently (carefully!) cutting along the edge of the recessed section where the rounded, beveled edge meets the flat area. I cut all the way around the circular portion. But I had to come up with something to make a nice smooth, rounded edge where the molded section on the pad extends further toward the driver's side. So I cut the rounded section in half, then laid it over on the uncut side, making a perfect circle that I could then cut.

    http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/1980Z-28/media/IMG_5835_zps93f462ae.jpg.html?sort=3&o=7

    http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/1980Z-28/media/IMG_5838_zps417be947.jpg.html?sort=3&o=6

    The next step was to have a helper carefully hold up one side of the pad against the bottom of the hood while I also held it up and put the round, black plastic retaining clips (accurate for the later Second Gens) into place. Everything fit great!! All of the holes on the pad lined up great, and the circular hole cut above the air cleaner lines up like it should with the air induction.

    http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/1980Z-28/media/IMG_5846_zpsb0ab34c6.jpg.html?sort=3&o=5

    Here are some close-ups of the cut out section around the air induction opening:

    http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/1980Z-28/media/IMG_5847_zps55ab2be0.jpg.html?sort=3&o=4

    http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/1980Z-28/media/IMG_5849_zps3a4e15c0.jpg.html?sort=3&o=2

    http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/1980Z-28/media/IMG_5851_zps16b5a786.jpg.html?sort=3&o=1

    Overall, I'll echo some of the other comments that it isn't a 100% perfect reproduction, but is as close as you can get to an original! Thanks to Chuck for making these available. And for anyone wondering if they'll fit the later Second Gens, or even the Z28s with Air Induction, it fits great (with just a little bit of careful work, of course).

    http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/1980Z-28/media/IMG_5853_zps88ec3a52.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

    The pad isn't cheap. The pad was $79, and the round plastic retaining clips were $11 (the metal clips for the earlier second gens are a little more). The shipping is nearly as much as the pad, though... it was $62 to Colorado. In total, the $152 was well worth it! I would definitely recommend it!
     
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    They look great!
    email sent to Chuck
     

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