View Full Version : Purpose of an L-88 hood.


str8upsuburbz
01-26-2011, 12:56:42 AM
I know it was originally for big block vettes but why was it developed? Was it simply to add extra space over the air cleaner? I have been searching for an answer to this but still cannot find one.

Cheers,

Mark

greencamaro1981
01-26-2011, 01:00:46 AM
http://www.thel88corvette.com/

there is a book this guy wrote for the complete history of the car

K5JMP
01-26-2011, 01:16:16 AM
why question perfection?:D

muscl car
01-26-2011, 01:21:52 AM
why question perfection?:D

like mentioned above the L88 hood is the best looking hood on a 2nd gen !!!!:)


http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n261/musclcar/raceweightL88hoodinstalled001.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n261/musclcar/raceweightL88hoodinstalled002.jpg

K5JMP
01-26-2011, 01:33:07 AM
like mentioned above the L88 hood is the best looking hood on a 2nd gen !!!!:)

I concur sir:)
http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r250/k5jmp/junkbin/my%20cars/IMG_0470.jpg
http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r250/k5jmp/junkbin/my%20cars/HPIM0523.jpg

73Camaro383
01-26-2011, 08:45:28 AM
K5 I'm not a big fan of the later model 2gens but yours makes me like them. I love the way you have it set up. If I ever got one I would copy cat yours!

old zeder
01-26-2011, 09:36:06 AM
I have to agree with Chuck and all the above, after having a 72 z-28 with a L-88 hood back in the day, and now have re-created " cloned " the same look.
Also someone I knew back in the day who had a Motion phase III Camaro
His car was the be all end all car to have and very quick.
And they sound great when you get on it

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/398/2421/25993710402_large.jpg

bfmgoalie
01-26-2011, 09:43:18 AM
I'm a fan of the L88 hood.

http://i610.photobucket.com/albums/tt185/bfmgoalie/24145d860.jpg

Orange71
01-26-2011, 09:59:28 AM
The L88 hood has always been my favorite! :cool:

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b290/Orange71/Car%20pics/DSC02528.jpg

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b290/Orange71/DSC00572.jpg

COPO
01-26-2011, 11:49:53 AM
This striping technique makes the top center look like a shaker hood. Well done!! And great thinking of something different.

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/398/2421/25993710402_large.jpg

73Camaro383
01-26-2011, 01:56:31 PM
I like the way they look but seem to be a water trap on top your engine..

flowjoe
01-26-2011, 02:01:08 PM
I like the way they look but seem to be a water trap on top your engine..

Only if you drive them in the rain:D

I've always liked the L-88 on 2nd gens ever since my first Camaro

While we're on the topic with so many people who have the hood - where is the best source for an L-88 hood (the lower profile one) that will mount to stock hinges and use the stock latch? I'd like to be able to run two hoods (for pruely aesthetic reasons) on my '71 - the stock flat and an L-88. Paint hem the same solid color and then just swap out when the mood strikes.

TonyZ
01-26-2011, 02:10:50 PM
cause its the baddest hood on the planet period!!!
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a351/Tonystoys123/different%20stuff/Picture332.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a351/Tonystoys123/different%20stuff/Picture589.jpg

frankz
01-26-2011, 02:17:53 PM
I thought that depression was a hot air exhaust for the radiator............

1972RS/Z28
01-26-2011, 02:20:03 PM
Well the l88 hood was ok on the vette maybe, the lt-1 hood is better. I think if you have a L88 hood and hood pins you might as well have the side pipes, whale tail and louvers. Not a fan AT ALL. But thats what makes everyone different. If we all liked the same thing then it would be awfully boring.

muscl car
01-26-2011, 02:25:12 PM
joel rosen used the L88 hood on his baldwin motion phase III camaros so that in itself tells you something !!!

COPO
01-26-2011, 02:30:23 PM
I like the way they look but seem to be a water trap on top your engine..

I thought many moons ago I seen one with a water drain hole in each front corner with rubber tubes on the inside directing the water to the ground.

Just had to post the 70 Motion Camaro.
http://www.lasvegasclassiccars.com/carpics/tn_Motion%20camaro%20magazine%20pictures%20010.jpg

Orange71
01-26-2011, 02:41:35 PM
I thought many moons ago I seen one with a water drain hole in each front corner with rubber tubes on the inside directing the water to the ground.


I bought my hood in 1977 (A&A Fiberglass in Elkridge, MD.) and it came with the holes. I drilled a third hole in the center to help with water drainage. Back then my car was my daily driver. Since it's not now there's no water issue anymore. :)

Fiber Concepts - http://www.fiberpartsconcepts.com/1273634.html - bring their L88 hoods to Carlisle events and they look very similar to mine (longer low profile).

73Camaro383
01-26-2011, 02:54:09 PM
I thought many moons ago I seen one with a water drain hole in each front corner with rubber tubes on the inside directing the water to the ground.

Just had to post the 70 Motion Camaro.
http://www.lasvegasclassiccars.com/carpics/tn_Motion%20camaro%20magazine%20pictures%20010.jpg

That would make sense. I had a 56 merc with a louvered hood and will never have another louvered hood. Everytime you washed the car or got caught in the rain your engine was soaked and water spotted. Not good!!!

TonyZ
01-26-2011, 03:21:26 PM
I bought my hood in 1977 (A&A Fiberglass in Elkridge, MD.) and it came with the holes. I drilled a third hole in the center to help with water drainage. Back then my car was my daily driver. Since it's not now there's no water issue anymore. :)

Fiber Concepts - http://www.fiberpartsconcepts.com/1273634.html - bring their L88 hoods to Carlisle events and they look very similar to mine (longer low profile).


hmmmm i like that stinger hood as well?? im seeing a trend here in my choice of hoods!!!LOL
oh and side pipes to boot. NO whale tail tho
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a351/Tonystoys123/Picture1542.jpg

TonyZ
01-26-2011, 03:26:54 PM
Well the l88 hood was ok on the vette maybe, the lt-1 hood is better.
I have the best of both
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a351/Tonystoys123/different%20stuff/Picture583.jpg

BondoSpecial
01-26-2011, 04:08:37 PM
The purpose of them was to look goofy apparently. I like how there was never a real answer, just some hi-fiving

K5JMP
01-26-2011, 04:43:45 PM
Steve, anyone who has ever owned a C3 Vette knows exactly why they were invented... they had to have a cowl for a 350 with a drop-base air cleaner from the factory.. and mine still rubs on occasion.
Now try shoe-horning a BBC in there with enough air cleaner to feed it...:bowtie:

BADSZ28
01-26-2011, 04:56:44 PM
Steve, anyone who has ever owned a C3 Vette knows exactly why they were invented... they had to have a cowl for a 350 with a drop-base air cleaner from the factory.. and mine still rubs on occasion.
Now try shoe-horning a BBC in there with enough air cleaner to feed it...:bowtie:


Plus helped with airflow through the radiator.

crystalbluevib
01-26-2011, 05:06:32 PM
I fabrcated an L-88 hood scoop on my original hood. I wish i could download pictures here but it says my pics are over the 100 kb. Anyways with my super vic and hvh spacer i know i dont have enough room. So with that said , back to the drawing board to add to my L-88. BTW TONYZ you gave me an idea with your L-88 hood.

TonyZ
01-26-2011, 08:06:30 PM
The purpose of them was to look goofy apparently. I like how there was never a real answer, just some hi-fiving
hater!!!

proshine2004
01-26-2011, 08:17:37 PM
i would like to see a taller l88 hood . i had one on my 79 way back when . i might get one and make it taller . im getting tired of the cowl hood look

COPO
01-26-2011, 09:32:43 PM
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a351/Tonystoys123/Picture1542.jpg

Now there's a contender for an Aloha Bobby and Rose resto!

http://popuppistons.com/pictures/1968chevy/1968chevycamaro05.jpg

http://www.camaros.net/pnwcc/DjD/sfrc/Aloha.JPG

Rich Schmidt
01-26-2011, 09:42:33 PM
The traditional cowl scoop has the raised body line down the middle,and works perfect for 1st gens. The L-88 has a softer line down the center and is flat at the rear edge. 2nd gen Camaros have a similar hoodline down the center to the vette,and the L-88 scoop follows the body line perfectly. Apparently GM thought so too. The only 2 scoops they even considered for the 70 Camaro were one that looked like a slightly downsized L-88,and the other looked like an elongated 1970 Chevelle scoop. Both would have been a perfect fit for the scheduled but never released LS-6 bigblock 70 Camaro.

They dont look too shabby on 2nd gen Firebirds either:)


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v310/racer7391/pinks1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v310/racer7391/done007.jpg

GOLF72
01-26-2011, 09:48:14 PM
Wow that hood looks sweet on all those cars. When I first bought my hooptie this is what she looked like and I dont think having the L88 hood made bit of difference.

http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac189/golf7272/76CAMERO9-3-09.jpg

Rich Schmidt
01-26-2011, 09:52:13 PM
i would like to see a taller l88 hood . i had one on my 79 way back when . i might get one and make it taller . im getting tired of the cowl hood look


Meee too. They are like belly buttons. I put an 81 Z hood on my 73 nose because I just couldnt go the traditional cowl scoop route. I considered cutting my old L-88 hood to raise it,but I am a bit too lazy sometimes,and in all honesty,it gave me 3 more inches of clearance which was more then enough for my bigblock that sits on 1.5" raised mounts(for added oil pan clearance) and has a Victor 454R intake,and 1.5" carb spacer or 1" nitrous plate.

proshine2004
01-26-2011, 09:59:19 PM
anyone have a picture of a taller l88?

muscl car
01-26-2011, 10:12:21 PM
anyone have a picture of a taller l88?


mine is a 4" tall "race weight" L88 hood and is tall enough for my sbc with a holley strip dominator "same size as a edelbrock super victor" ,2" tall open spacer ,holley carb and drop base air cleaner with a 5" tall filter



http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n261/musclcar/raceweightL88hoodinstalled001.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n261/musclcar/raceweightL88hoodinstalled002.jpg

bfmgoalie
01-26-2011, 10:17:00 PM
[QUOTE=COPO]Now there's a contender for an Aloha Bobby and Rose resto!

http://popuppistons.com/pictures/1968chevy/1968chevycamaro05.jpg

Ahhhhh.......memories. ELP does Karn Evil 9 in that movie. Great tune.

frankz
01-26-2011, 10:21:23 PM
mine is a 4" tall "race weight" L88 hood and is tall enough for my sbc with a holley strip dominator "same size as a edelbrock super victor" ,2" tall open spacer ,holley carb and drop base air cleaner with a 5" tall filter



http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n261/musclcar/raceweightL88hoodinstalled001.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n261/musclcar/raceweightL88hoodinstalled002.jpg
Chuck,do you happen to have a pic from the driving position---I'm interested in the line of sight with that hood(yeah I need a hood)

Jim Mac
01-26-2011, 10:22:18 PM
those hoods look just right! back in the day, I grafted a glass one on my camaro. later on picked up a glass L88 hood, and to this day, I dont remember what I did with it. Went a different route when I thought about adding a big block, I grafted the steel cowl induction dome off a SS chevelle to a camaro hood. Ended up putting a 6-71 on the car, so a scoop doesnt work for me. jim

muscl car
01-26-2011, 10:33:32 PM
Chuck,do you happen to have a pic from the driving position---I'm interested in the line of sight with that hood(yeah I need a hood)

no i don't but can email a pic to you tomorrow if you want


i do have a pic of the same hood with a grump lump grafted on ...........maybe this might help !! . if you use the bracket of the fuel pressure gauge as reference that is the top of the L88 hood as you can see with the newer pic


http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n261/musclcar/Picture006.jpg

MR. FBDY
01-26-2011, 10:40:45 PM
I'm a fan of the L88 hood.

http://i610.photobucket.com/albums/tt185/bfmgoalie/24145d860.jpg

are those studded BFG drag radials I see on there? :)

frankz
01-26-2011, 10:41:29 PM
That would be great if you could--Thanks Chuck

K5JMP
01-26-2011, 11:02:44 PM
I'm 5'7" and I can see the right front corner pretty easily over mine

TonyZ
01-27-2011, 01:31:54 AM
Now there's a contender for an Aloha Bobby and Rose resto!

http://popuppistons.com/pictures/1968chevy/1968chevycamaro05.jpg

http://www.camaros.net/pnwcc/DjD/sfrc/Aloha.JPG


i had mine long before the redone version this was identicle to mine back in 87 except mine didnt have fog lights!!
guess im trying to recapture my youth!!

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a351/Tonystoys123/Chevelle%20pics/Camaro-2.jpg

str8upsuburbz
01-27-2011, 02:01:39 AM
Look at the can of worms I opened. Hell yes it looks great. How do the cut outs under the lip help and is there a benefit to it? The design just seems to serve no purpose other than astetics. Am I missing something?

Mark

old zeder
01-27-2011, 08:02:07 AM
It is the "NOSTALGIA LOOK " and you won't get that if you did not live and have one back in the day, it is a personal thing for some of us older guys. some of us guys with big blocks have no choice but to put a raised hood on to have air cleaner clearance, and some just like the look.

I have 1/2" clearance on mine no spacer plate, airgap intake, 3-1/2" filter

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/398/2429/25993714142_large.jpg

bfmgoalie
01-27-2011, 08:55:23 AM
are those studded BFG drag radials I see on there? :)

Yup. And I have chains in the trunk for added traction.:eek:

GOLF72
01-27-2011, 11:49:31 AM
MUSCL CAR,

Your car is the exception. You ride is very nice. I am from San Bernardino and my in-laws live there so one of these days I want to roll by your casa and check out that hot rod you got.

TonyZ
01-27-2011, 11:58:02 AM
Look at the can of worms I opened. Hell yes it looks great. How do the cut outs under the lip help and is there a benefit to it? The design just seems to serve no purpose other than astetics. Am I missing something?

Mark

as others said its mainly a clearance deal , it dose however allow cool air in the rear just as a cowl hood would.
so it is more than just looks.
pretty sure my 68 vette runs a lil cooler with the added airflow into the engine bay.
my 68 had a 454 with dual quads and even with the nasty home made aircleaner it barely fit under the l88 hood
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a351/Tonystoys123/different%20stuff/Picture021.jpg
set up now also needed the room
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a351/Tonystoys123/different%20stuff/Picture321.jpg
see one from passenger view
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a351/Tonystoys123/different%20stuff/th_Picture584.jpg (http://s15.photobucket.com/albums/a351/Tonystoys123/different%20stuff/?action=view&current=Picture584.mp4)

muscl car
01-27-2011, 04:12:31 PM
It is the "NOSTALGIA LOOK " and you won't get that if you did not live and have one back in the day, it is a personal thing for some of us older guys. some of us guys with big blocks have no choice but to put a raised hood on to have air cleaner clearance, and some just like the look.

I have 1/2" clearance on mine no spacer plate, airgap intake, 3-1/2" filter

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/398/2429/25993714142_large.jpg



yep the L88 was the hood to have in the 70's and even into the early 80's

Dave Nelson
01-27-2011, 05:58:56 PM
Only if you drive them in the rain:D

I've always liked the L-88 on 2nd gens ever since my first Camaro

While we're on the topic with so many people who have the hood - where is the best source for an L-88 hood (the lower profile one) that will mount to stock hinges and use the stock latch? I'd like to be able to run two hoods (for pruely aesthetic reasons) on my '71 - the stock flat and an L-88. Paint hem the same solid color and then just swap out when the mood strikes.

Thought about doing the same thing Joe. I grafted one on a 68 Chevelle I once had .I know if I got one for my car now some of the original guys would have a stroke. LOL

old zeder
01-27-2011, 08:24:12 PM
And here are a few more pics of the air cleaner under the hood, some may not like the K&N filter system but if you keep it clean it lets the engine breath good works good for me

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/398/2429/25993714144_large.jpg
http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/398/2429/25993714138_large.jpg

muscl car
01-27-2011, 08:33:52 PM
And here are a few more pics of the air cleaner under the hood, some may not like the K&N filter system but if you keep it clean it lets the engine breath good works good for me

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/398/2429/25993714144_large.jpg
http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/398/2429/25993714138_large.jpg


that's the view i've got and with a sealed air pan the motor only gets cold air to the carb

anesthes
02-22-2011, 09:35:11 AM
like mentioned above the L88 hood is the best looking hood on a 2nd gen !!!!:)



Was this taken before you fit it? I was thinking of buying one of these local but the gap you have going in the front is heinous. I imagine that's like 5 seconds after you put the hood on before any alignment?

-- Joe

muscl car
02-22-2011, 04:36:22 PM
Was this taken before you fit it? I was thinking of buying one of these local but the gap you have going in the front is heinous. I imagine that's like 5 seconds after you put the hood on before any alignment?

-- Joe

this hood i've got is a 18lbs race weight "racing" oriented fiberglass hood and is meant for fiberglass front ends on race cars not street cars were the radiator isn't an issue like on street cars


look at this pic of the underneath of my hood ...........see the carboard tube inner structure i need to modify the carboard tube so it is 1" inch narrower so it'll fit over the radiator support . just don't have the energy to modify this section because of my health .all it will take is using a high speed cut off tool and remove 1" of carboard tube then make this area flat and all will be good


http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n261/musclcar/newunlimitedL88raceweighthood003.jpg

anesthes
02-22-2011, 05:47:32 PM
this hood i've got is a 18lbs race weight "racing" oriented fiberglass hood and is meant for fiberglass front ends on race cars not street cars were the radiator isn't an issue like on street cars


look at this pic of the underneath of my hood ...........see the carboard tube inner structure i need to modify the carboard tube so it is 1" inch narrower so it'll fit over the radiator support . just don't have the energy to modify this section because of my health .all it will take is using a high speed cut off tool and remove 1" of carboard tube then make this area flat and all will be good



I see. I get it now.

The one I'm looking at locally is a bolt on. I mean, even the stock hood needs lots of work to get right if the fenders were off the car. I just was like holy gap batman.

Thanks!

-- Joe