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Real Shaker hoods are back

by David Zatz on

When they announced the return of the Shaker hood, some asked, “What the @!#$&*! is a Shaker hood?”  Was this related to some old religious group, or some aftermarket company?

Put simply, it’s a hood scoop that is attached to the engine itself, and sticks out of the hood through a large hole. It’s called a “shaker” because, in those old Hemi and 440 cars with hot cams, the engine shook — and so did the scoop. (The hood itself, by the way, did not.)

“Shaker scoop” would have been more accurate.

Today’s Shaker hoods look remarkably similar to the originals; but while in the olden times, round air filters sat atop carburetors in the valley of V8s, today they provide a supplemental path to a conical high-flow air filter.

So far, two cars are being provided with the filters: the Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker and the Mopar ’14 Challenger. The Mopar car is be produced in both the traditional-for-Mopar black-and-blue and in a fresh new bright white with Mopar-blue stripe; the Shaker will be sold in Billet Silver Metallic, Bright White, Pitch Black, Plum Crazy, TorRed, and Header Orange.

More photos and information are on our “Shaker-hood Challengers” page (click here).

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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