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08-26-2008, 08:55 PM #1
How tall of a cowl hood can I run?
I just got my 79 Camaro back from getting redone and I currently have a six inch cowl hood on it. I have had a couple people ask me if its legal and it got me to wondering about it. It is kinda hard to see over and I don't plan on leaving it on the car for more than a couple of months. I just picked it up at a deal until I can afford a nice cowl. Does anyone know what the laws are? I live in NC but I will be driving the car to my work in GA and to rod run in a few weeks in TN. Will I be okay or should I try and get a hood asap before I drive it?
Here is a pic to give you an idea
08-26-2008, 09:18 PM #2
Well I just read...or attempted to read.....the NC state code. I couldn't find the equipment section. I can tell you that VA (which doesn't help you) is 4in.
Most states say that a person can not modify the OEM parts on a vehicle. I have not seen a state that doesn't have that written in the code.
I would say....that hood is WAY too high. But, I personally wouldnt pull you over.
Hopefully, a NC LEO will chime in.
08-27-2008, 01:54 PM #3
Even if there is a section that defines the maximum height cowl hood... I'm sure there is a section for obstruction of view. Based on the picture, I would say that falls into the obstruction of view category.
08-27-2008, 02:09 PM #4
No offense, but I would pull that car over for suspect moonshine running..GA doesn't have a statute addressing cowl height.....unless view is obstructed in some way as stated above.
08-27-2008, 02:12 PM #5
My friend has a 3 and a half inch cowl on his 05 GT. Needless to say its a treat to drive that thing. As long as you know where the front of the bumper is
He lives in Atlanta with minimal issues surprisingly.
08-27-2008, 02:54 PM #6
08-27-2008, 03:14 PM #7
That thing gonna get painted before the car shows up here? Gonna need to know what that thing looks like so i can harrass you when i see you.'06 White/Silver GSX-R600
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08-27-2008, 04:18 PM #8
08-28-2008, 10:35 AM #9
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<-- Knows nothing about specific NC vehicle code. I am sure an officer could articulate that the hood blocks your view and is a safety concern.
Hell, if you aren't allowed to have anything hanging from your rear view mirror (California specifically) because its a visual hazard, then that hood could damn sure also be considered a visual hazard.
Personally, I think it looks bad ass! (after a paint job)
08-28-2008, 10:58 AM #10
NC statute- Chapter 20, Article 3, Part 9 addresses equipment of vehicles and is silent as to cowl height.
08-30-2008, 09:30 AM #11
09-04-2008, 11:44 AM #12
09-04-2008, 12:17 PM #13
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How high of a cowl hood you can run depends on how ****ing stupid you are willing to have your car look.