converting a stock hood to GS ?

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  1. Nesmith

    Nesmith Active Member

    Hi is it worth / easy to cut a stock ? & are the parts available to do this ? thanks
     
  2. buick64203

    buick64203 Right wing conservative Staff Member

    Its been done. You'll need the scoop section from a GS hood. No one makes it repro, you'll have to get one from a wrecked hood. Naturally, there's a lot of metal and body work involved. Is it worth it? Depends. If your not a body guy and don't have the scoop section available, you might want to just bite the bullet and buy an original GS hood. By the time the smoke clears, your probably have more in the conversion than just buying a hood
     
  3. rkammer

    rkammer '71 GS455 Arctic White

    X2. You can source a decent GS hood for $700 to $1000 that just needs minor body work and paint. By the time you find a GS hood with scoops and then, have someone cut it out and weld it into your Skylark hood, you'll have spent more than that, I'm thinking.
     
  4. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    I would charge close to if not 1k to install the section. If that helps, even a butcher shop would charge 500, that's just to put it in primer
     
  5. IlliniGSX

    IlliniGSX Well-Known Member

    Where are you located? I have a decent 70 GS hood I will part with.

    Jim
     
  6. Nesmith

    Nesmith Active Member

    Thanks all for the info. ok i can do body work i know how to cut & paint so what i did learn was all 3 years are different !? since this is a conversion is probably the air cleaner thats going to governed what vents to use ? ok i am on long island NY i just bought seats from a guy on LI he thinks he has a hood among all his stuff but has to look ?! lol now he mite ? what to sell his 72 GS convertible mite !? has he is on crutch ! you know how one hates to give up ! so
     
  7. buick64203

    buick64203 Right wing conservative Staff Member

    What part of the island? Im in Islip.

    So your telling me that there's someone on LI that has a 72 GS convertible for sale?
     
  8. Nesmith

    Nesmith Active Member

    ok just went on CL to see the AD that i bought the seats from yesterday & looked for the other stuff he had for sale nothing lined up ! the guy complained of his health issues so he hinted as selling his car as he can't drive it anymore But it was way to nice for me & was way out of my price range !! as for me i am not a red car fan ! lol but i don't mind tan top & seats i think it is a BB as he had engine parts for a BB he also have a rebuilt 350 & trans together in the same garage anyway he's in Levittown anyway if you serious you would have to act like you got his # thru word of mouth for parts then wen over there see car & let him talk about letting it go like he did with me So if you really interested as this guy will not be cheap as i bearly got him down on the seats ! lol soooooo
     
  9. buick64203

    buick64203 Right wing conservative Staff Member

    LOL....guess who sold him that engine! :D
     
  10. Nesmith

    Nesmith Active Member

    Well that clears that up LOL he was not sure it he had a GS hood one did have a hood tach i don't like that set-up if someone has the hood parts & the cutting dimension i don't mind doing the work OH just scrolled up i see you have one so let me know off hand want color ? also would a 69 air cleaner work with the 70 hood ? Thanks
     
  11. buick64203

    buick64203 Right wing conservative Staff Member

    Jim was the one with the hood for sale, not me.

    The only issue with using a 69 air cleaner vs a 70-72 is that the breather is on the passenger side on the 69 and on the drivers side on the 70-72. If your looking to add a GS hood to a skylark, any 70-72 GS hood will work for you. Just the scoop inserts and hood lip moldings change.
     
  12. Nesmith

    Nesmith Active Member

    ok sure how your explaining this is en the spacing between the air intakes the same ? all the ones i have looked at they look alike with the spacing if i under stand what your saying is it lines up with one side with the 69 & the opposite on 70 ? is it that small amount that it does not show in pics ? and can the 69 be made to work ?
     
  13. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    The air cleaners are all dimensionally the same, the 72 gas the one triangle bucket but will still work with any hood.

    Jason is referring to the valve cover breather tube, in 68 it was on the pass side, in 70/72 it was on driver side. There is a square hole in the breather that the breather filter goes through, so obviously the 69 will have this hole on the pass side, and 70-72 have it on the driver's side
     
  14. Bigpig455

    Bigpig455 Fastest of the slow....

    Ken (Techg8) just did one on his 72 Skylark, and it turned out beautiful. It didnt seem to take hime long either, PM him he probably has pictures of the process.
     
  15. 436'd Skylark

    436'd Skylark Sweet Fancy Moses!!!!!

    Have you considered a fiberglass unit from vfr? It'll be 600 to your door and ready for paint in a couple hours time. Fit and finish is great. Way cheaper than sourcing an original. I'm real happy with mine.
     
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  16. Nesmith

    Nesmith Active Member

    Again thanks for all that info. so its just the oil breather location as i score a nice 69 air cleaner if i can get the hood parts i mite go that route ? since the car is not a true GS then that glass hood is not a bad idea ! Joe i would assume its a GS hood ? also does it include the scoops ? let me know Thanks
     
  17. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    They have the places for the scoop, but they are not cut out and don't include the tabs for mounting the scoops, or I haven't seen any that did, you will need to bond some aluminum tabs on for mounting the scoops, the front lip can be incorporated when you trim the hole as I believe it steps down like it should
     
  18. 436'd Skylark

    436'd Skylark Sweet Fancy Moses!!!!!

    Exactly as Ethan says. It a little bit of work but it's fairly quick and straightforward. The plus is there are no surprises with rust or previous dings and dent repairs.
     
  19. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    I have one on my Orange car, it fits surprisingly well, and the glass quality is very nice for such a large flat panel
     
  20. Nesmith

    Nesmith Active Member

    You guys are temping me to do glass i don't mind the cutting its the scoop parts ? and i think i read that only 71 used plastic ? which mite be easier to work with ? Oh would this hood work with the factory hinges & yea with weaker springs ? i am no fan of hood pins thanks again
     

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