Jim Smart
December 1, 2000

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The reproduction Cobra Jet hoodscoop arrives from Pony Car Sales & Restoration like this. Some assembly is required, not to mention close attention to detail during installation. This hoodscoop has been painted to match the vehicle. You can paint yours matte black or any color desired.
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If you’re installing your Cobra Jet scoop to be ram air, carefully make an opening in the hood directly beneath the scoop.
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For our installation, ram air isn’t a mandate. So we’re installing the air shield, which will keep ram air from lifting the scoop right off the vehicle.
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The plastic grille hides the shield. Inserts in the back take the place of original turn indicators on ’69-’70 Mustangs and Torinos.
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Before doing any drilling, the scoop must be centered perfectly and measured.
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Center the scoop’s peak with the hood peak, then gently scribe marks where the studs are.
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Double- and triple-check your marks and scoop positioning before drilling. The scoop is positioned 11/4 inches from the trailing edge of the hood.
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Once the marks are carefully checked, we drill four 3/8-inch holes for the studs. Do not press the drill bit hard because you’ll distort the metal. Gently walk the drill bit into the steel.
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A rat-tail file is used to dress out the holes for easier installation. Don’t overdo it—nice and smooth.
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Ragged edges around the holes are dressed with a small grinder underhood.
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The Cobra Jet hoodscoop is carefully fitted. We had some difficulty achieving alignment. More work with the rat-tail file helped.
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With the hoodscoop fitted in place, we’re ready to carefully run down the nuts.
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Self-locking nuts with flat washers are a good idea here. Gently tighten these nuts, but do not overtighten.
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Our Cobra Jet scoop from Pony Car Sales & Restoration looks sharp, was easy to install, and has molded a new personality into our SportsRoof.

You’ve got to hand it to Ford for the ’68-’70 Mustang Cobra Jet hoodscoop. It’s a sharp, bolt-on piece that’s easy to install and will turn just about any Ford into an uptown dresser in short order. This hood had its beginnings on the ’68½ 428 Cobra Jet Mustang introduced in the spring of 1968. It quickly found its way onto the Fairlane and Torino for ’68-’69 and the Mustang for ’69-’70. In some applications, it was a functional scoop. In others, it wasn’t.

Before we get into installation, a word on taste. The Cobra Jet hoodscoop is intended for hoods that jibe with the design. If you have a ’67-’68 Mustang with the optional GT hood, don’t ruin a terrific design with a Cobra Jet scoop. It becomes too busy. Leave that GT hood alone. Other hoods, such as the ’70-’71 Mercury Cyclone or Montego, don’t lend themselves to the installation of a Cobra Jet scoop. Think before buying and drilling.

We received a call from Joe Mangione of Pony Car Sales & Restoration in Orange, California, who decided to install the reproduction Cobra Jet hoodscoop on a ’70 Mustang SportsRoof. He’s going to show you how to do it yourself. This is a quality reproduction that’s exact in detail with all the right trimmings and function. It can be functional or it can be cosmetic alone. The choice is yours.