1967 Chevrolet Malibu - Mundane to Rockstar

We Kick This Chevelle Up a Notch by Adding a Super Sport Hood With Fresh SS Trim

Bob Mehlhoff Mar 1, 2007 0 Comment(s)

One of the coolest ways to improve the looks of your musclecar, while maintaining the OE appearance, is to replace the trim and flat hood with some cool SS emblems and a factory-style performance hood.

By simply opening the pages of most any reproduction catalog or going online, you can easily find SS 396 hoods, emblems, grilles, and trim in kit form for all Chevelles, Camaros, and Novas.

The emblems, grille, and trim basically bolt on, while the hood requires a little paint and bodywork first. For most of these items, the preparation, paint, and installation take about a weekend to complete and will leave your car looking awesome. Of course, we're not suggesting that you try to pass a non-SS car off as the real deal; however, if you're simply itching for the look, it's easy enough to obtain and, more importantly, it won't send you to the poorhouse.

Case in point: We took a clean '67 Malibu and ordered the items through Goodmark Industries and Original Parts Group and went to work. Most of the SS trim and grille parts arrived in kit form, while the new SS hood came primed with EDP (electro disposition primer). For the hood we needed to prep, prime, and color coat before installation. The trim installation required removing the old stuff and, in a few cases, filling and painting existing holes and then duplicating the original SS locations and drilling some additional holes. If you're not in a position to paint the hood yourself, most body shops will perform the task for less than $350.

The best part is that since this car is a Malibu and not an actual SS 396 Chevelle, there are no rules as to what's correct and what isn't. You can add all or just some of the parts. The only requirement is that you have fun doing it and enjoy the results.

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Once we unpacked our Goodmark SS hood, we wanted to check the seam fit and alignment before we started the paintwork. After we bolted the hood onto the hinges we made a few minor adjustments to make the hood fit squarely between the fenders with a 31/416-inch gap on all seams.

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We also checked the levelness along the top of the fender lines and the cowl panel. This hood matched evenly on both planes.

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Once we found that the hood fit correctly, it was time to begin our at-home bodywork and paint. Our first step was to sand down the hood's top surface with a DA (dual action) sander using 180-grit sandpaper. This was done to expose any high or low spots and to rough up the surface before we sprayed primer on the hood.

QUICK NOTES
What We Used
Reproduction SS Chevelle hood and trim items
Bottom Line
One weekend's worth of effort doubled this Chevelle's cool factor
Price
$1,150

Sources

Goodmark Industries
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
877-477-3577
www.goodmarkindustries.com
Dupont (Hot Hues)
Jacksonville, FL
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