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10-16-2019 11:01 PM
SS_Sean Thanks for the positives and negatives, fellas. I really wasn't sold on this but its growing on me. I really like that SS style stripe on the white truck. That looks killer.
10-15-2019 03:39 AM
407driver Yep, when I lived in Fairbanks I had a 79 Bronco. Used to put a sheet of cardboard in front of the radiator with a 4 x 4 hole cut in the center to let a little bit of air through. It fit right between the AC Condenser and the radiator. Cheap, worked perfect.

Also swapped out the thermostat from 197 degree to 212 degree. Made the heater work SO much better when the temps were real low.
10-14-2019 09:10 PM
chevor GM has gotten so stupid about those winter fronts. Travel with a guy that gets a new truck each year. They made make them damn near impossible to put on.

My 2013 chevys I put the top on like they want it, but bungie cord the bottom so I can easily adjust the air flow.

I loved how easy my 2010 GMC front was designed. Slid down both sides of the grill. I could adjust flow just by tucking in the top and bottom.
10-14-2019 08:54 PM
SilverGorillaLML I had a sweet custom cardboard one for awhile
10-14-2019 06:39 PM
J83
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Originally Posted by mizterwizard View Post
Yep, you live in Alaska, the only state where over-cooling is a big issue! But ya, it isn't really helpful to alter the air flow under the hood.

But that brings up another issue. It used to be a highly desirable thing to louver everything on a vehicle. Hoods, fenders, trunk lids, roofs, you name it. It was a fad that went away but might still have some uses today. Purely from an aesthetic point of view I could see doing that to a truck. It's no my thing but others might like it. One thing to keep in mind though is that the base of the windshield is a high pressure area. That is why it is the one place that gets factory louvers on many vehicles to become the inlet for the HVAC. You can't vent to it effectively.

Now back to the OP's question, which I think was more of a request for kudos, not criticism. It was more along the lines or "Look at what I did mom!"

To that end I'd say, "You done good, boy." I think the stripe looks very nice. It fits well, is well done and to my eye is aesthetically pleasing. Add to that the reduction in glare off the hood and the increased ability to spot the truck in a parking lot full of similar white trucks and I think it is a winner from every angle. Of course the camper helps to find the truck in a parking lot but that's another thing.

However, no matter what you do, if you ask for opinions you should expect some negative responses. As long as you like it, what difference does it make?

yea, up here your more worried about restricting the flow than improving it.... most diesels run one of these for about 8 months a year. speaking of which.... i should order one for my LML... dont think the LB7 one will work.



I also like the stripe on the OP truck, breaks up the light paint a bit, looks good.
10-14-2019 06:34 PM
mizterwizard
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Originally Posted by J83 View Post
the front end of the truck is very open, and is designed to wash air through the engine bay and out of the truck so adding louvers to the hood may actually detract from the intended airflow through the engine bay. Over heating of the engine is not really a common issue with the exception of one specific series of duramax engine, and even then its only under fairly harsh conditions. Consider also that the engine needs to be up to a certain temperature to run efficiently, so if you were to cool the engine bay too much, you may actually increase engine wear and emissions while decreasing mileage.
Yep, you live in Alaska, the only state where over-cooling is a big issue! But ya, it isn't really helpful to alter the air flow under the hood.

But that brings up another issue. It used to be a highly desirable thing to louver everything on a vehicle. Hoods, fenders, trunk lids, roofs, you name it. It was a fad that went away but might still have some uses today. Purely from an aesthetic point of view I could see doing that to a truck. It's no my thing but others might like it. One thing to keep in mind though is that the base of the windshield is a high pressure area. That is why it is the one place that gets factory louvers on many vehicles to become the inlet for the HVAC. You can't vent to it effectively.

Now back to the OP's question, which I think was more of a request for kudos, not criticism. It was more along the lines or "Look at what I did mom!"

To that end I'd say, "You done good, boy." I think the stripe looks very nice. It fits well, is well done and to my eye is aesthetically pleasing. Add to that the reduction in glare off the hood and the increased ability to spot the truck in a parking lot full of similar white trucks and I think it is a winner from every angle. Of course the camper helps to find the truck in a parking lot but that's another thing.

However, no matter what you do, if you ask for opinions you should expect some negative responses. As long as you like it, what difference does it make?
10-14-2019 06:15 PM
J83
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Originally Posted by 6686L View Post
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Wouldn't real, working vents on the back of the hood be good for the motor; provide increased air-flow? And if that is a "yes", has anyone tried it? I'd like to do it but looks like I'd have to cut holes/slits, etc. in an area that gives strength to the hood hinges. ? ? ? ?


the front end of the truck is very open, and is designed to wash air through the engine bay and out of the truck so adding louvers to the hood may actually detract from the intended airflow through the engine bay. Over heating of the engine is not really a common issue with the exception of one specific series of duramax engine, and even then its only under fairly harsh conditions. Consider also that the engine needs to be up to a certain temperature to run efficiently, so if you were to cool the engine bay too much, you may actually increase engine wear and emissions while decreasing mileage.
10-14-2019 05:29 PM
6686L
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Originally Posted by sambor View Post
Phony black panels came stock.?
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Wouldn't real, working vents on the back of the hood be good for the motor; provide increased air-flow? And if that is a "yes", has anyone tried it? I'd like to do it but looks like I'd have to cut holes/slits, etc. in an area that gives strength to the hood hinges. ? ? ? ?
10-14-2019 04:34 PM
sambor Phony black panels came stock. Pain to clean. I like the stripe on the OP's hood. Clean design and it fits the hood well. Did you paint it or is it a decal?
10-14-2019 03:34 PM
KaliMax Well I'm a big fan of the old SS stripes on the GM's from back in the day too. This single stripe looks very good on the hood. Much better than the duals.
That's my opinion and the rest of you are all just flat-out wrong!!
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