Not sure if you ever considered a different hood?

I always liked this hood, plus it should be lighter.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1969-69-Pontiac-...24e3e3d&vxp=mtr

My friend used to a have a 69 Firebird w/a 400 hood w/tach.

I helped him take off his hood a few times & could not believe just how damm heavy the hood was as compared to my standard 69 Camaro hood.

Anyways, just a thought, I know how much heavier the 69 Firebird is compared to the 69 Camaro & I always try to find a way to lighten up my Camaro because lets face it we are at a disadvantage as compared to the V-8's LS1,2,3, etc.

MBHD
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