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Installing a Firehawk hood on my TA

This is a discussion on Installing a Firehawk hood on my TA within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Nice lookin car Jim....

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    Nice lookin car Jim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cammed goat View Post
    Nice lookin car Jim.
    Thanks! I'm really happy with the way the hood came out. The body guy said that it had been hit in the front before. I'm the second owner, so I guess I'm not surprised. He had a hard time getting the hood to meet the RH fender. It's still a little high, but he's pulled the fender up as high as it will go. The stock hood was probably like that, too, and I never noticed. I wouldn't have noticed if he hadn't said anything.

    He said overall the process was pretty tricky. The cutting was okay, but getting an aftermarket hood to line up, no matter who manufactured it, is difficult. Especially when 3 of the 4 corners had to be reconstructed.

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    Nice Fauxhawk

    all kidding aside they did a great job on it. Looks incredible. You should go all out and find an SLP spoiler to "complete the look"

    Say what you will about it... I love my ol' lumpy spoiler.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LSCyaL8R View Post
    Nice Fauxhawk

    all kidding aside they did a great job on it. Looks incredible. You should go all out and find an SLP spoiler to "complete the look"

    Say what you will about it... I love my ol' lumpy spoiler.

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    'ol lumpy ftw, i'd rock it on a hawk, 'specially a formy hawk,

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    Quote Originally Posted by LSCyaL8R View Post
    Nice Fauxhawk

    all kidding aside they did a great job on it. Looks incredible. You should go all out and find an SLP spoiler to "complete the look"

    Say what you will about it... I love my ol' lumpy spoiler.
    Thanks. I would look for the spoiler, but it's a convertible. Makes it easy because they kept the stock spoiler - even on the WS6.

    Jim

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    More fauxhawk pics:





    I was a little off on the placement of the decal on the back - should be more to the right, but it's close enough for a Fauxhawk.

    Jim
    Last edited by turbojimmy; 02-09-2010 at 09:23 AM.

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    that hood came out good jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01 LS1 Formula View Post
    that hood came out good jim
    Thanks! The original pictures didn't do the guy justice. The gelcoat was lifting in the nostrils and 3 of the 4 corners were broken off of it.

    Jim

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    Last pic...transformation is complete. I couldn't bring my self to tear off the stock TA emblems so that will be a hint to people that it's a fake. Car is all salty (gasp!) and dirty, but it will clean up nice:


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    Quote Originally Posted by turbojimmy View Post
    Last pic...transformation is complete. I couldn't bring my self to tear off the stock TA emblems so that will be a hint to people that it's a fake. Car is all salty (gasp!) and dirty, but it will clean up nice:

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    dont lie you were just lazy looks good though

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinmc978 View Post
    dont lie you were just lazy looks good though
    Thanks!

    I really was out there with the heat gun and dental floss and just couldn't do it. You can barely see the TA badges anyway, so I left them on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lscyal8r View Post
    nice fauxhawk

    All kidding aside they did a great job on it. Looks incredible. You should go all out and find an slp spoiler to "complete the look"

    say what you will about it... I love my ol' lumpy spoiler.

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    didthe spoiler change fo the 01 02 yrs casue i thought the led light on the spoiler was longer

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    Wouldnt of it been easier and cheaper just to get a fitted hood?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nhraformula View Post
    Wouldnt of it been easier and cheaper just to get a fitted hood?
    No. The Raptor hood, which is resembles the hawk hood, would have been more expensive. And it wouldn't have really been close. It doesn't have the heat extractors and the way it closes over the fascia just looks cheesy to me. The real Hawk hood sits down in the fascia for a better OEM-like look.

    But, it all depends on how far someone wants to go to create a fake. The biggest, visual difference between a TA and a Hawk is the hood. The rest is easy. When I came across the real Hawk hood and wheels, I had to follow through with the rest.

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Toro Loco View Post
    didthe spoiler change fo the 01 02 yrs casue i thought the led light on the spoiler was longer
    yes
    i made a thread a while back lemme see if it still exists

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbojimmy View Post
    No. The Raptor hood, which is resembles the hawk hood, would have been more expensive. And it wouldn't have really been close. It doesn't have the heat extractors and the way it closes over the fascia just looks cheesy to me. The real Hawk hood sits down in the fascia for a better OEM-like look.

    But, it all depends on how far someone wants to go to create a fake. The biggest, visual difference between a TA and a Hawk is the hood. The rest is easy. When I came across the real Hawk hood and wheels, I had to follow through with the rest.

    Jim
    Oh, ok.
    You do know LS1 purists are plotting to smite you because of you building a faux hawk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhraformula View Post
    Oh, ok.
    You do know LS1 purists are plotting to smite you because of you building a faux hawk.
    I know. I can sense them building their armies as I type this :-)

    If it's any consolation, I can't fake the SLP door stickers.

    I'd never attempt to pass it off as the real deal anyway. I just like the way they look. It's easy to verify a real vs. fake, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbojimmy View Post
    No. The Raptor hood, which is resembles the hawk hood, would have been more expensive. And it wouldn't have really been close. It doesn't have the heat extractors and the way it closes over the fascia just looks cheesy to me. The real Hawk hood sits down in the fascia for a better OEM-like look.

    But, it all depends on how far someone wants to go to create a fake. The biggest, visual difference between a TA and a Hawk is the hood. The rest is easy. When I came across the real Hawk hood and wheels, I had to follow through with the rest.

    Jim
    yeah i accually like the raptor hood i think it looks good i have one on my car


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    Quote Originally Posted by 01 LS1 Formula View Post
    yeah i accually like the raptor hood i think it looks good i have one on my car
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    Hey! That one has heat extractors. I didn't realize that they copied the hawk hood - thought the heat extractors were actually vents back by the cowl. Looks great!

    Jim

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