Having a Mustang with a shaker scoop brings pointing fingers and open-mouthed stares at car shows. The younger crowd thinks the vibrating scoop poking through the hood is "tight" (trust us, that means really good), while those in the know are envious that your Mustang has such a sought-after option. While difficult to duplicate--as not all parts are reproduced--the conversion to a shaker setup can be accomplished. The most difficult parts to obtain are, of course, the correct air cleaner base and shaker assembly for your particular engine. We conferred with Bob Perkins, who verified our thoughts. The shaker air cleaner base is different between the engines that originally came with the shaker as an option, but the components from the hood seal on up (the top plate, shaker housing itself, and hood seal) are the same.
We contacted Jeff Sneathen at SEMO Mustang for our shaker assembly. Sneathen assembles and restores complete shaker kits for '69-'70 Mustangs. He had a fairly rough core in stock that we could use for our conversion. Though we only briefly use it in this article, we will be completing a detailed restoration of the shaker assembly in the next few months. Prices vary on condition and whether you buy them already restored, so call Sneathen for more information and availability.
The rest of the shaker conversion was the easy part. Our '70 Mach 1 sitting in the Mustang Monthly shop right now will be the receiver of our work here, but the original hood was a mess of body filler and rust. We contacted Goodmark Industries for its new '69-'70 reproduction hood, so we would have a fresh hood to modify. The stamping is quite nice, and the weight on it feels like the original equipment.
To round out the rest of the shaker conversion, we contacted Virginia Classic Mustang for a new shaker hood seal, shaker mounting brackets, shaker hood trim ring, and a pair of pop-up hood locks for our new hood. Once we rounded up everything for our little project, we trekked on down to Classic Creations of Central Florida to have the hood modifications professionally done.