Shaker scoop question

It's alive!!! I let my daughter drive the '77 Firebird today for the first time (I drove it first...) and it sounds GREAT. I haven't put the hood on yet but I did put the air cleaner and scoop on.
My question is this - is there a good way (right way?) to put that shaker scoop on top of the air cleaner? It took me 10 minutes to get it back on with the metal hoop around it. Is there a trick to putting it on?
I appreciate all the help you guys have given me the last couple of months while I've been rebuilding this thing, the fresh engine and transmission make a BIG difference! I have about 45 minutes on the engine now. My daughter scowled at me when I pulled back in to the driveway and spun the tires a little bit!
Kerry
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The scoop isn't hard to put on---you're just not used to it :) Joe--ASE Certified Parts Specialist & 10th Ann.Club Tech Director '80 Carousel Red Turbo T/A, 26k orig. '79 "Y89" 400/4 speed 10th Ann. T/A, 57k orig '84 Olds 88 Royale Bgm 2 dr, 307 "Rocket" (lol), 141k and still going.... '80 T/A project car...
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There may be something to that...it's been off for about 3 months! My '67 didn't have one. I noticed that the bottom part of the hoop has a different angle on it and mine has some dents in it, next time I have it apart I'll straighten out the dents and see if that makes it easier.
Since the top of the hoop is horizontal and the bottom is angled, I assume you should put the hoop on the scoop and set the whole thing down on the air cleaner. Which is the opposite of what I did, maybe that's why it was so tough.
Hard to believe I can build an engine and transmission and fight with a scoop for 10 minutes. Duh....
Thanks! Kerry
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Loosen the screw on the "hoop", set the shaker onto the air cleaner base and tighten the screw back up. It shouldn't take more than a minute.
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Dennis Smith wrote:

backwards. Thanks for the info!
Kerry PS There's a guy here in Victoria, TX with a '71 455 but his is blue with white stripes, just opposite of yours.
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