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What’s Inside the Challenger’s Shaker Hood?
By Steve Magnante, Edit at Large
All the exciting news about the return of Shaker hood scoops for Challenger V8 models and as an over-the-counter Mopar offering has me wondering about the similarities – and differences - of the new breed versus the original. Thanks to the summer loan of a 2015 Challenger Scat Pack Shaker, we can learn together!
The first ChryCo Shaker application arrived in 1970 as an option aboard the all-new Dodge Challenger and Plymouth ‘Cuda E-body pony cars. Offered as option N96 for a paltry $97.30 atop 340-4, 383-4, 440-4, 440 Six Pack and 426 Street Hemi powerplants, none were installed on Slant Six, 318 or 383 2-barrel equipped cars. I owned this ragged ’70 Barracuda back in the late-Eighties. Born a 318 economy model, a 1971 383 and Shaker assembly were added by a previous owner.
Like many vintage Shaker units, the factory installed oval air cleaner element and lid had been discarded for street racer vibes. Note that the base plate feeds cool outside air down into the single Holley 4-bbl carburetor. Six Packs and dual-quad Hemis used different base plates though the outer ring (where the rubber gasket is mounted) is shared. Not shown (and also missing on my relic) is the elaborate mechanical flapper valve located inside the Shaker bubble. Cable operated by the driver, it allowed system closure in rainy weather. The apparent misalignment between the centerline of the hood and the carburetor inlet is not an illusion. Rather, like all Mopar passenger cars of the era, the entire engine, transmission and driveshaft tunnel are offset 2-inches toward the passenger side of the chassis for steering column clearance.
That’s me back in 1988 wearing my Love and Rockets concert T-shirt and black Swatch wrist watch. I had just given the engine a complete detailing and was about to reinstall it. Again, note the mismatch between the crankshaft and Shaker bubble centerlines. My Shaker was gutted but O.E. correct units have stamped metal feet to stabilize the baseplate atop the engine. Frankly, removal was a big hassle, requiring the removal of a dozen fasteners just to check the filter element.
Picking up where the original N96 Shaker left off (the option was cancelled after 1971) Dodge released a limited number of 5.7 Challenger R/T Shakers in 2014. Also available as an over-the-counter kit from Mopar, the Shaker is set to be a factory option on all 2015 5.7L and 6.4L HEMI R/T Challengers. Unlike the original, the bubble is secured by four easy to access fasteners and comes off in under a minute.
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