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Old 07-17-2011, 07:42 PM
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How to tell if a hood is from a real SS...

Is there a way to tell if a hood came from a real 68-72 Nova?

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Have you checked with a Nova specfic site. Those guys would know in a heartbeat

If its all steel, check for any stamped numbers on the frame and underside.

What makes you think it might not be origianal? Are there many suppliers for reproduction steel hoods.

Did they use the same hood and inserts for all 5 years?

If the Hood inserts are attached, unbolt them and look for part numbers. In some cases with that type of casting, the would cast GM and a part number, sometimes just a part number.

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If anything like a Camaro SS hood, the curvature of the hood on the factory piece will match the curvature of the velocity stacks (or in case of Nova the finned inserts) exactly. Aftermarket hoods won't match. Price is also another indicator. True factory SS hoods will cost a small fortune. Check out the prices of NOS and original hoods vs. aftermarket pieces in the catalogs of your fave parts suppliers.
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68-72 SS Nova Hood

Thanks for responding...

This hood came off a Nova I purchased as an SS, and I am trying to sell it.

Someone asked if it was a real SS with louvers under on the underside top by the windshield, so I am wondering if it has to have the louvers, etc...
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A Nova SS from 68-72 would have louvers, they are bolt on. Other than the louver there is no difference in the stamping of the hood.
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A Nova SS from 68-72 would have louvers, they are bolt on. Other than the louver there is no difference in the stamping of the hood.
What he said. I had an original '70 SS396 and the so called "louvers" are nothing more than chrome plated diecast decorations with studs that went through holes drilled in a standard Nova hood. Back in the 70's those louvers ended up on just about everything under the sun.
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A true SS nova hood will not only have louvers, but will have small brackets on the inside of the hood where those louvers will bolt too that are stamped to the inner structure of only SS hoods. There will be 4 bolts that attach to the cowl side of the inside of the hood, the rest of the bolts are just attached to the flat side of the hood (no reinforced brackets). So in other words if someone were to try to fake an SS hood, all of the louver bolts would simply attach through a drilled hole with no reinforced brackets. This would be the same for all 68-72 SS novas.
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Real SS Nova Hood

There are many varied responses in this forum and in other forums - thanks anyway...
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Yeah, that may be true, but what I and Mr4speed wrote is correct.
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A true SS nova hood will not only have louvers, but will have small brackets on the inside of the hood where those louvers will bolt too that are stamped to the inner structure of only SS hoods. There will be 4 bolts that attach to the cowl side of the inside of the hood, the rest of the bolts are just attached to the flat side of the hood (no reinforced brackets). So in other words if someone were to try to fake an SS hood, all of the louver bolts would simply attach through a drilled hole with no reinforced brackets. This would be the same for all 68-72 SS novas.

Hmmmm......... Mine was a genuine SS but maybe it didn't have it's original hood by the time I got it............ OR maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention but then again that was 35 years ago.
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Yeah, that may be true, but what I and Mr4speed wrote is correct.
Your comment about the curvature of the hood matching the louver on a Nova is not correct. The Nova SS hood skin is not any different from a non SS (except for the mounting holes).
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Well, 1T, if I had said that I would agree with you. However, what I did say is IF IT IS ANYTHING LIKE A CAMARO'S SS HOOD, the curvature of the hood wouldn't match the louvers. I did not state that it was the same. Mr4speed gave the best answer how to tell if it is a factory hood.

Really, I thought I was trying to help a guy with HIS car. Instead it is a guy who bought something and didn't know what he bought and now is trying to sell it to the next guy. Waaaaaaaaay off my radar screen now.
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