You both have given me lots of information on this self made part. I found a web site that sells inexpensive aluminum cake pans up to 24" wide. They sell a 17" by 3" one for $15.
Cake pan site: http://www.bakedeco.com/
I think I am going to get the 17" but will measure my cowl hood tonight.
Get the tallest pan you can find. 3" seems to be the tallest I could find also. The height is to the top of the pan, and since they have a rolled edge, the effective height is closer to 2 3/4". My current setup requires 3 1/4" at the back. Since the hood slopes down to the front, the smaller the housing diameter is, the less height required.
You may need to run a spacer between the carb and filter housing. A 1/2" minimum spacer is required to clear the float ajustments on Holley carbs. I don't know what the fit would be like on a Rochester.
From the looks of your engine compartment perhaps you could do a factory type setup. If the main housing is the same, all you would need is a hood seal, air cleaner top, and flapper valve parts.
I did think about modfying my current stock air cleaner but I have a 2 barrel carb on my car now. The stock air cleaner would need major modifications to fit on my new Edelbrock 750CFM carb.
I would also like to keep all of the original parts just in case I want to go back to stock.
I made one similar to CarlC's and Mark's. The main difference is that I fabricated the entire thing. I have prints that I could email you if you are interested. I think that I ended up with a 16.25" diameter. You will probably need a cake pan that is taller than 3" if you can find one. My air cleaner was about 3.37" tall in the very back with a 1/2" spacer on the carb. I guess that you could get a thicker spacer to go on top of the carb. Make sure that you measure everything thoroughly before you figure in your offsets and heights. Here is a link to some pics of it, http://cards.webshots.com/cp-25368180-AyNI-album/38182394akfhbj
[This message has been edited by Cameron (edited 05-30-2002).]
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