Originally Posted by walkinginmemphis
I have a 97 LE and the hood basically rests on the supercharger when closed. The paint is shot in that spot and I am considering a Puma hood as a solution. Any other thoughts?
You could put some modeling clay at the high points to check current clearance if needed, then make a tear drop bubble. I did this about 30 years ago on an MGTD when I went with the MKII carb setup and needed the extra hood bubble on the side, it turned out nice.
Since you have a need for a paint job already, why not have a metal working shop make you an aluminum tear drop with a lip the same profile as the top of the hood fitted from the inside if the hood frame will allow it. Welding would cause lots of warping, but these days body shops use high grade urethane type glue that should work fine in this application.
Then after it's together you can have it painted.
Hope this helps.