We’re on the eleventh Hood for Ethyl. We’ve tried just about everything but still have one Idea that we think would be awesome. We’d like to put old school hot rod louvers on a 2004 GTO hood. Unfortunately our current setup is too high for a stock 2004 GTO hood to fit. The fist hood we had on the car was of course the one that came with it. we wanted to do something different and went out and found two louvered vents from a 280z. We purchased hood number 2 from a member of the LS1GTO Forum. It was a bright red one. It had a cool insulating cover he had painted a Pontiac Logo on.
Hood number 3 was a Woodward Fiberglass Hood we did not have a picture of. It was purchased from a GTO owner in East Texas and had been in a roll over so it was cracked in places. we sold it to a forum member in Austin Texas.
We had sold the OEM hood and bought hood 4 from a LS1GTO Forum member in New Orleans. That is the hood we put the 280z vents in.
Hood 5 was the one with the 280Z vents installed and probably the best known hood on the car. We always felt the vents did a great deal to evacuate heat buildup under the hood.
When we went to the Harrop 2.3 Liter Supercharger we bought hood 5, a VFN fiberglass hood. It was a beautiful hood, I had it painted to match the car and was ready to install it when we decided to go to the Whipple 4.0 Liter Blower.
We chose not to modify the VFN Hood and sold it at a huge loss to someone else ion the DFW area and bought Hood 6 a standard 2004 GTO Hood. We cut the Hood so it would fit the Whipple and took it to a shop to have it cleaned up. Meanwhile we went without a hood for nearly three years.
We don’t have a picture of Hood 9 which I have tucked away. We bought it off a MBM GTO in Houston. Hood 10 we bought from the guy who bought the 280z vented hood. He had sold his car with the vented hood on it but had kept his OEM hood. We don’t think he would have sold the OEM hood because he missed his GTO but his wife wanted it gone. She helped me load it in the truck.
Hood 11 was purchased after we changed intakes on the new LSx Build. With solid motor mounts installed the motor was raised 3/4 of an inch so the OEM hood would not fit. I purchased Hood 11 from Chris Nichols, GForce1320 Engineering. The hood itself is somewhat famous as it has been on Chris’ track GTO for the past few years.