Q: Ram Air Differneces Between the Years
I was thinking about reproducing the Ram Air equipment. What are the differences for the different years.
A: ….The Ram Air Hood Baffle will physically fit all 1967-1969 Firebird 400 Hoods.
The Ram Air Carburetor Shroud will physically work on all 1967-1969 Firebird 400s and 1968-1970 GTOs. There were apparently (2) types of Shrouds; (1) with the provision for the Heat Riser and (1) without. Those with are not very common. As for the Hood Baffle, some say that 1967 Firebirds had a ‘tab’ on the bottom of it (to hold the Seal ?)
Though, I’ve never seen this on any original 1968 Ram Air Firebirds. I’d say with such a large range of applications, both the Hood Baffle and Carb. Shroud would be excellent candidates for reproducing provided the retail price wasn’t too high. Many would ‘add’ Ram Air to a “400” Hood if they could get the Hood Baffle and Carb. Shroud for a reasonable amount. Of course, being able to sell them cheap depends on quantity. If you have connections into the Die-Making World, you could have tooling made for not too much. If you’re a full time, major restoration parts business, you’re likely going to mark these up quite a bit to make a nice profit.
A: As for the “tab” on the upper hood pan, the orginal 1968 I had that I sent you a pic of had one. Also the setup that was sold on e bay was a 1968 and had the same. I made an impression of the tab before I sold mine a few months ago.
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