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So my church held a "Vintage Auto Show" as a fundraiser for the youth group.
There were some pretty neat old cars there.

Also, a lot of Mustangs across different years, and something about these caught my attention. Many of them had a legitimate-looking hood scoop, but under the hood was nothing for it to feed. No intercooler.

Why would a car maker put a phoney-baloney hood scoop on their cars? Does this seem pretentious and deceiving to anyone else or just me?

I kind of feel betrayed. I thought that a scoop meant that the car was turbocharged, but it looks like that's just not the case. It'd be like putting 8 spark plugs and wires in an engine with only 6 cylinders, just to make it look like a V-8 when it's not, where the extra 2 do diddly squat.
 

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Subaru did it for years on the RS. Some people only care about the look and not the mechanical.
 

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Toyota has done it for YEARS on their 4-runner and Tacoma trucks. Ford did it on the Mustangs, and a bunch of overseas cars had them for no reason as well.

The Mustang Mach-1 of the newer vintages DID have shaker scoops. The scoops directly attached to air intakes.

I believe the various iterations of the Trans-Am WS6 and the 6.0L GTO's have scoops that don't directly feed intakes (though I believe they do indirectly feed intake boxes.

Hood scoop doesn't mean or insinuate turbocharged. Toyota Supra's don't have hood scoops, neither do DSM's or the first generation Mazdaspeed 3 and 6. Neither do the myriad of new-generation turbo BMW's (the 135/335, and the 2011 535i/750/760 cars). I don't believe any generation of turbocharged VW's or Audis had hood scoops. I also don't think any of the turbo Volvo's have ever had hood scoops.

Hood scoops were primarily a Subaru initiated thing, and even N/A cars had them for quite some time.

Hell, Subaru even had a turbo car, with a hood scoop, that didn't have an intercooler!
 

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My 97 Legacy GT has a scoop with no turbo/intercooler. And it looks badazzzzz... :)
 

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hood scoops and "ram air" have been around a lot longer than subaru, the scoop feeds air to the carb/air cleaner setup and usually makes a seal with rubber weatherstripping to the hood
 

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Toyota has done it for YEARS on their 4-runner and Tacoma trucks. Ford did it on the Mustangs, and a bunch of overseas cars had them for no reason as well.

The Mustang Mach-1 of the newer vintages DID have shaker scoops. The scoops directly attached to air intakes.

I believe the various iterations of the Trans-Am WS6 and the 6.0L GTO's have scoops that don't directly feed intakes (though I believe they do indirectly feed intake boxes.

Hood scoop doesn't mean or insinuate turbocharged. Toyota Supra's don't have hood scoops, neither do DSM's or the first generation Mazdaspeed 3 and 6. Neither do the myriad of new-generation turbo BMW's (the 135/335, and the 2011 535i/750/760 cars). I don't believe any generation of turbocharged VW's or Audis had hood scoops. I also don't think any of the turbo Volvo's have ever had hood scoops.

Hood scoops were primarily a Subaru initiated thing, and even N/A cars had them for quite some time.

Hell, Subaru even had a turbo car, with a hood scoop, that didn't have an intercooler!
Yeah, my uncle has a WS6 with scoops, that do actually feed a ram air system. His car is the only Trans-Am that I like... it's an '01, I think, with about 8,000 miles. Looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor. Barely modded.

My dad had an '04 Mach with the shaker as well... and that was pretty cool. Fun to romp the throttle and watch it twitch. :lol: He had other mustangs before that with lots of fake scoops. :N_poke:
 

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I knew a guy who didn't ski who put a ski rack on his RX-7. Thought it would get him chicks. I'm sure he needed all the help he could get ....
 

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I'm sure the hood scoop thing started way back as a homoligation(spelling may be off) rule in motorsports which added a hood scoop for racers to legally cut holes in their hoods for ram air and cooling. That being said, it probably trickled down into something cosmetic like those vents you see on the side of Buicks.
 

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My favorite was on my step moms Pontiac bonneville, supercharged version, and it had "dual exhaust". I looked underneath the car one day and saw the real, dinky, single exhaust, exiting nowhere near the plastic chrome dual exhaust. The two tips on either side were all show. Then again, it was a Pontiac.
 

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My favorite was on my step moms Pontiac bonneville, supercharged version, and it had "dual exhaust". I looked underneath the car one day and saw the real, dinky, single exhaust, exiting nowhere near the plastic chrome dual exhaust. The two tips on either side were all show. Then again, it was a Pontiac.
Tons of cars do this. Check out the Lexus LS460...
 

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Anybody remember the older Nissan Maximas with the big oval-shaped muffler tip that was really just a piece of metal wrapped around the two tiny little muffler outlets? I always got a laugh out of that one.

My dad's BMW is refreshing in the fact that it's a straight six with dual exhaust (quad tips).... and it's a true dual setup with an X pipe.
 

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i was contemplating some kind of ram air my foz turbo scoop on the NA
A Subaru hoodscoop is too good to waste. I used it on my 2000 OBS to create a cold air system with good results. I opened one side of the scoop and funnel it into a supplemental air horn on the filter box plenum. Then I plumbed the regular intake into the fenderwell. It make a noticeable difference in power and sounds good too. It's been like that for 5 years now with no problems.

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