You mentioned you'd like to make it sound better.
Hope you keep it for a very long time, it's a beaut.
More pics would always be appreciated …
You capture the actual purpose/nonpurpose of homeplate, and with no proof I've always held it was a relatively cheap design gesture speaking to classic hotrod's aircleaners. There may be some few dB's reduction of topend noise too with that hollow plastic 'blanket' lol. In any case the FW's matching indentation in the hood liner rather dictates that I retain it, so it just sets there with the round lip cut off to clear the hockey puck in the elbow - combined with the painted cpvc pipe and swissed airbox. And of course VERY disconcerting that a really good quality oem style filter flows as well (or better, and for longer) than most cone-types.
And +1 on mor pics!
\'96SS SOB: SSRI, Herter Tune, Tri-Y II, , 3000 Edge, F/HO bars, METCO extendeds with CV MMC, Bilsteins, currently Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta (315/35 rear)
\'96FWB BUW-Butt Ugly White: PCMPerformance tune, HomeDepot pipe w/ swissed filter, 1/2 SLP s.s. catback with H- and Flow Super 50s, oem opti rebuilt 3 times, SS Bars, METCO LCAs, Airlift 1000, Monroe SS, PowerTrax No-Slip, and now CTS wheels with +1 rubber. Finally, wait for it... LT-4 knock sensor!