Originally Posted by bucky
if i put one of these on my 2001 gt, i understand you have to cut the hood and install it. would i actually have to go out and buy a mach 1 hood also, or will my gt hood work just as well? i know the mach 1 hoods were raised. just curious. anybody have pictures of a gt with a shaker on it?
i read somewhere that there is a plastic piece taht you attach to the car hood that brings it up a little to match a mach 1, but also heard i could get away with the black sticker look.
anybody have any advice.:walksmile
Theres a kit out there (www.yearone.com
sells one - ain't cheap) that can be installed in your car. My experience is that it doesn't help performance, and may indeed restrict airflow a bit. I tried a similar "ram air" setup on my 2002 that worked not at all (didn't actually hurt, but certainly didn't help). There's a real long "ram air" thread on this forum that contains mountains of data.
Its an expensive and relatively involved install, with small payout on the other end. if you're not experienced at metal working, you're likely to do real damage to your hood (my 2002 has a fiberglass hood - I think your 2001 does too). Cutting neat, pretty openings right where they need to be without splintering out past the trim is not easy...
My advice: Spend the money on other mods and leave your stock hood alone. If you can find the Mach 1 parts in a junkyard somewhere for a good price, no problem, but I predict this does not happen (they aren't numerous, and the folks who latch onto the totaled ones know what the parts are really worth - try finding Bullit intakes for less than $1800!).
I can't see this project costing less than $500 - which can get you some real horsepower with any number of other upgrades.
Luck with whatever you decide to do - just let us know what happens.