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Hood scoop crazy talk...
turbokev Offline
Senior Member
OK, many people have added the 87-88 hood to the 83-86 Birds and Cougars so they can have the ‘look’ and/or the functionality of the air ducts bringing air to an added factory intercooler.

I have the intercooler and associated brackets etc to install one on my 86 T-bird but I want to try something a little different from the typical 87-88 hood install.

I like the look of 79-83ish forward facing Mustang hood scoops. They came on turbo Mustangs and early GT’s. The turbo ones even have ‘turbo’ badges on the sides.

I have access to a spare 86 hood so I would not be cutting up my original hood, I could just store that. What do you think of cutting up the spare hood over the side of the intercooler that would be covered by the scoop and adding a deflector inside the scoop to direct air over to the intercooler ?

Here’s what the scoop looks like:

And here’s the incredible drawing I made to illustrate this plan:

Is this a crazy idea that would be mocked ? or is it the unique and brilliant plan I think it is ? Big Grin What do you think~
Kev Schofield
1989 Corvette

85, 2x86, 87 & 88
(former TC's)

BigNug Offline
The beauty part of this country is that we are who we are because people have a nack to constantly improve upon things. I watch the History channel and it amazes me how people just keep on inventing and improveing things. I say give it a try and if you like it, so be it. If you don't then re-do it.

Pete D Offline
I always loved the hood scoop used on the 79 Capri/Mustang turbo. I think you ought to go for it.
Pete Dunham


Kev Offline
Posting Freak
Here is a link to a turbocoupe with the hood scoop you are referring to, but the guy just grafted the scoop over the stock hood. I think it looks very nice!
1988 TC 5spd

Pete D Offline
Kev, I think that site belongs or used to belong to Erik C. He was around when NATO was first stated but I haven't heard from or seen him anywhere in years. Maybe JT knows where he is as it appears JT built his web page.
Pete Dunham


martin0660 Offline
Posting Freak
The hood on my Capri is "sort of" set up this way. I dont have a clear picture, but this shows the scoop from the outside. In a few weeks I can get some better pictures if interested.

The underside of the hood has a piece of sheet metal welded under the scoop, and it has one hole cut out above the intercooler, and actually has a SVO intercooler seal around the hole. I wont be using this set up, but it could work Wink

As another option, I also know a guy that has a mold made from an original SVO hood scoop. He would be able to make copies of that scoop, with a flange that could be glased into a flat glass or steel hood.

Bob Myers

RDOG Offline
Posting Freak
Thats a cool idea. You can also use a Turbo 280Z scoop that is perfect size right over the intercooler. Actually I was thinking of taking two of them and mounting them right over the two holes in the 87-88 hood. It would give it that dual snorkel look, plus it would definetly force in more air.
1986 Turbo Coupe. Boport StageIII head, Boport 2.1, Performance Techniques 50 trim hybird, StageII.63, stinger 3" exhaust, Phenolic spacer, Boglog header,NPR FMIC intercooler setup, kirban fpr, bigrmotorsports fuel rail, diablo water meth kit, CAI, remote mount TFI, CHE rear adj control arms, MAC girdle, 8.8 rear disc, aluminum drive shaft, H&R lowerings springs Tbird Turbo Specific, y MAS!!

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