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Has anybody used the Cowl Hood that is widely sold on Amazon and pictured on the 3rd gen trucks? Are there any trucks like ours out there that came with a cowl hood that I might find at a junkyard? The reason I ask is that I live in Florida and I have a large steel front replacement bumper that doesn't offer a whole lot of ventilation and I wouldn't mind having some air be able to escape from underneath the engine compartment out over the top of the windshield the draw cooling air through the club sandwich of the oil coolers that we have up front as well as allow some of that air to escape. What I don't want to do is pay $450 or something I'm not sure about I suppose they also make body kits that do the same thing but this truck is my daily driver and I don't have an extra vehicle and I would want to be able to take my time and do it right so I would probably end up taking a regular head from the junkyard anyway. I'm pretty decent wrench but my arts and craft skills are not the best and I would have to see if our structures mechanic what do you want to take some money for it unless of course you guys know of any other options. I also wouldn't mind cutting out a section from the front of the steel bumper to add some kind of expanded metal or other Louver to allow more air to come in I'm cross the coolers because the design of his bumper acts like a bit of an AIR block. Of course if I want the bumper to remain strong I will probably need to weld some pipe in there or something as framework to make it more rigid. So if there are any guys out there with cowl hoods let me know what you think about him let me know where you got them let me know where you think you can get them or let me know if you can think of a good body kit that would match the Contour of our Stock hood. Thank you.

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I often wondered if I could do the same thing to help lower engine temps.
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I like the “vented hood 2” and want to order this one soon.


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I almost bought a carbon fiber SRT hood, but settled on adding my own vents to release the hot air under the hood, and some NACA vents to the fenders to pull the hot air out at driving speeds.

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I have a factory steel SRT-10 hood. It blows onto the valve cover so I doubt its doing much but washing the top of the engine. It has to add some airflow I guess. I've thought about routing it to the air box or the turbo to cool it, but who has the time.

The SRT 10 hood and sport front bumper, aesthetically was the biggest change to the looks of my truck and instantly went from no compliments ever to constant compliments.

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Pictures of the hood & front bumper on the truck, please?

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Has anybody used the Cowl Hood that is widely sold on Amazon and pictured on the 3rd gen trucks? Are there any trucks like ours out there that came with a cowl hood that I might find at a junkyard? The reason I ask is that I live in Florida and I have a large steel front replacement bumper that doesn't offer a whole lot of ventilation and I wouldn't mind having some air be able to escape from underneath the engine compartment out over the top of the windshield the draw cooling air through the club sandwich of the oil coolers that we have up front as well as allow some of that air to escape. What I don't want to do is pay $450 or something I'm not sure about I suppose they also make body kits that do the same thing but this truck is my daily driver and I don't have an extra vehicle and I would want to be able to take my time and do it right so I would probably end up taking a regular head from the junkyard anyway. I'm pretty decent wrench but my arts and craft skills are not the best and I would have to see if our structures mechanic what do you want to take some money for it unless of course you guys know of any other options. I also wouldn't mind cutting out a section from the front of the steel bumper to add some kind of expanded metal or other Louver to allow more air to come in I'm cross the coolers because the design of his bumper acts like a bit of an AIR block. Of course if I want the bumper to remain strong I will probably need to weld some pipe in there or something as framework to make it more rigid. So if there are any guys out there with cowl hoods let me know what you think about him let me know where you got them let me know where you think you can get them or let me know if you can think of a good body kit that would match the Contour of our Stock hood. Thank you.
I have the cervinis srt10 fiberglass hood. It's probably about the best quality fiberglass hood you will find for the 3rd gen but it's far from a paint and bolt on item. It took longer to fill and shape the hood than it did to actually paint it so keep that in mind, it can get expensive in a hurry!

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Yes, I have no experience with fiberglass hoods, theres very cheap versions on Amazon with bad reviews. Just get alot of help installing it. Even with help we bent a corner on my steel one, it weighs sooo much, especially with the aluminum on the grille

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Aww shucks I thought youd never ask
Damn, like to know the history of that truck.

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Damn, like to know the history of that truck.

Original owner?
Lol its got alot of history, 271k miles. It started life here in Preston County as a much different truck. Im the 3rd owner, she never left here. I got it at 210k with injector issues and alot of rust for $2000. It was a base model with manual windows.

I put bosch injectors, headgasket, arp studs, afe turbo, rebuilt the 5 speed, rebuilt the np271. All the balljoints etc. Swapped a Laramie interior in. Rebuilt all the steering from bottom to top.

The hood and front bumper are from some diesel shops old pulling truck that I'm rebuilding at the moment.

Best Mods: Valair Clutch Hydraulics and the Hood/Bumper combo, easily. (Also the Edge for unlocking 4k rev limiter)

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