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Old 06-20-2018, 09:47 AM   #15
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That is going to look badass for sure. My only concern would be heat.
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Old 06-20-2018, 09:54 AM   #16
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I agree about trapped heat being a potential issue for the Heartbeat.Two potential mitigating factors: 1) Have Kincaid Killer Chiller (with drag option that sends 100% of the R134a to the front evaporator when selected from the cockpit) 2) Back of scoop will be cut open to allow heat to escape. I guess time will tell.
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Old 06-20-2018, 10:33 AM   #17
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You'll probably be ok. I figured opening the back was in the plan.
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Old 06-20-2018, 10:54 AM   #18
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I'm using a kit from one of the 2nd gen Trans Am vendors that allows the back side of the 1973-81 shaker to open and close with WOT like the OEM shaker from 1970-72. I'm going to wire it so that it's open with key "ON" but closed with key "OFF".
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Old 06-20-2018, 11:36 AM   #19
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That's going to be nice, except no one will be able to see that cute little Maggie under there
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Old 06-20-2018, 12:09 PM   #20
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That's going to be nice, except no one will be able to see that cute little Maggie under there
'tis true, 'tis true, however I was actually going for the stealth approach. I love the Heartbeat as there is no discernible (at least on my car) blower whine - just some gear lash noise which has a nice solid-lifter sound to it.
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Old 06-22-2018, 11:10 AM   #21
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Just a few additional pics. My goal with this project was to make it as if Chevrolet offered this shaker from the factory. The guys at J&J Rod and Custom in Anna, Texas have done a tremendous job toward that end.

Look at the first pic of the new hood and all of the bracing that had to be cut to accommodate a hole for the shaker scoop, and then look at the second pic - beautiful blending (in my opinion).

It's hard to tell from the pic, but the shaker base sides are made from ABS plastic that has been cut around various things.
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Old 06-28-2018, 12:48 PM   #22
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Now in the paint booth. Look again at the workmanship on the underside to get the hood to look like it could be OEM (which is what I wanted).
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Old 07-07-2018, 07:58 PM   #23
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Well, after 6 weeks, I finally picked her up today. I love it. The shaker definitely "torques" to the right when you get on it. I had a custom "6.2 LITRE" decals in matte white which will go on each side of the shaker, and I will install soon and post a pic.

I also took the opportunity to install a genuine GM dovetail rear spoiler. Was told they were discontinued, but my parts guy found one sitting on a dealer's shelf in Daytona Beach, Florida. It was an open box, but everything was there and undamaged.
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Old 07-07-2018, 08:08 PM   #24
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Looks great!
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Old 07-07-2018, 10:08 PM   #25
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Looks fantastic. Post some full body pics
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Old 07-08-2018, 06:47 PM   #26
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Installed the displacement callouts.
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Old 07-08-2018, 07:30 PM   #27
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Looks Great
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Old 07-08-2018, 07:35 PM   #28
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Again, I want to thank everyone for the positive comments. A little background: I came of age in the late 70's/early 80's and that's when the 2nd gen Pontiac Trans Am was the must have car. I sat in a new '77 Trans Am in the showroom of Hallet Pontiac in Miami, Florida in December 1976; I was eleven years old and said "One day...."

The prices of really nice 2nd gen Trans Am's have gone into the stratosphere so owning a really nice one was probably not in the cards.

Doing this mod gave me the "shaker hood experience" I've always wanted, but in a package that's light years ahead of the old Trans Am's.
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