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Thank you for the feedback.
Some people mod the original box, patch it with fiberglass, and touch it up with paint. Others would rather have one less thing to do if funds allow.So if a guy was to just notch that small lower area the original would work? I'm sure a little tin patch and some Gorilla Tape or some fiberglass would work. Maybe not as purdy, but I'm more of a form follows function guy.
On some models of Blazers they have an additional outer cover that has to be cut to replace the blower motor. The FSM says to use duct tape to repair the seams of the area you have to cut out and put back in. If it's good enough for the General, it's good enough for me.
Yikes... makes modding it seem all the more appealing.I wasn't a huge fan of Holley's solution for sealing. Would have much preferred using a foam seal like the factory rather than mushing butyl rubber rope in all the gaps. The instructions literally say to blob it around the outside after it's installed to seal any leaks you find...
The lower shell sticks out past the upper shell. I just used a dremel with sanding drum and matched the lip to the upper shell. If your heads were machined, the headbolts may contact the bottom of the intake. I can share a pic of that if you need it.Interesting. I guess I'm about to be frustrated and and have fun with mine.