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My 1971 SS hood (non-cowl induction) has a large metal panel blocking the rear of the hood. It seems its there so that the cowl hood wont be functional. Did all SS hoods with the bulge have this block off panel? Has anyone taken theirs out?

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My SS hood has the "block-off" panel... I haven't thought of removing mine, although that's an interesting idea

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Ryan,
The SS hood I just bought for my 71' has the block off plate also. I'm not sure if it is a GM hood or repo. I was just looking at it last nite wondering the same thing about removing the plate, does'nt look like it should be that difficult and should definatly force some air into the engine compartment.
BTW, look at my post in "Body" section...about the rear chrome trim. how does yours fit?

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After 2 years, I finally noticed that my repro cowl hood had this blockage. So I took a hack saw, pair of pliers, and a grinder to it. Taught that hood a lesson!
Does it make a difference? It at least makes me think that my car is faster
BTW, if you lifted a factory cowl hood and a reproduction one, you'd feel the difference. The factory hood is noticeably heavier.

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All of the original SS bulge hoods have the block-off panel if they don't have the functional "flapper" door.

All of the original hoods that came with the functional Cowl Induction "flapper" door do not have the block-off panel. Also, the functional CI hoods had the circular mating surface for the air cleaner seal. The plain SS bulge hoods do not have the circular mating surface.

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Does anyone know how its held on there? I cant tell whether its just spot welded or something else. I would like to take it off but dont want to do anything to ruin my hood.

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Mine seemed like it was tack-welded or heat pressed or something(I don't know jack about metal and manufacturing). I actually wouldn't take it off if you value your hood and/or the integrity of your chevelle. I took it off my "beater" car and it was also a repro cowl hood that is of lesser value than a GM one.

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I would think that piece is more of structural support for the hood and I would not cut it completely out. On the flapper hood there is a 1 1/2" to 2" high hole on the back of the hood. If it were mine and I was to cut a hole in it I would leave about a 1/2" of angle on the bottom. Just my .02.

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