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 Post Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 4:05 pm 
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Well, we completed all the wiring, plumbing, HVAC connections, etc, so it was time for the big moment to see if the stock hood would fit. I really had my doubts that it was going to fit. I've settled on the fact that I was going to buy a small cowl hood. So, here it is with the hood bolted on:

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Now, the big moment..... Will it close???
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I had to remove the Vortec cover off the intake for the hood to close. Here is the cover:
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I really wanted to leave it on, it makes it look much cleaner, but it will require a cowl hood for this to fit. Yep, it's that close....
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My son actually wanted to use the stock hood. I guess he likes the "stock" look. So, it worked out for the best. The old man likes cowl hoods though. ;) It ended up saving me a big chunk of change, so it's all good.

We are taking it on Monday to the body shop to have the floors repaired and I'm going to get them to install the aftermarket bucket seats. Yeah, I should do it myself, but I'm at the point I just want to get it finished. My son has waited much too long to get it.

Then, the interior goes in. Also sound system, nothing over the top, no amps or subs or anything like that....

Then new wheels and tires. 17x8 and 245/45/17 tires all around. We've decide on these, Coys C-57:
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OK, that's it for now.

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 Post Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 5:59 pm 
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Shes gonna look sweet!

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 Post Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:11 pm 
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Very nice, I like it!

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 Post Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 9:35 pm 
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Those wheels are gonna look great on it!! :D Shame you couldn't use an LS1-style intake, would've looked much cleaner imo, I doubt there would be an major difference in power.

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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:17 pm 
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How about if you trim the bracing just over the cover?


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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:29 pm 
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That may work, I didn't give it a try.

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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:59 pm 
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car looks great


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 Post Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:39 pm 
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Nice, i like teh wheels!

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