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Hot Rods Are louvers as popular today as they have been in the past?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Oct 6, 2019.

  1. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,244


    I think they still are. Just not many folks having the tool and know how to do them correctly around here.
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  2. dmdeaton
    Joined: Nov 25, 2017
    Posts: 366


    Louver press for sale in the classified right now. Nice one and tow behind
    Not mine, but if it was closer to me it would be mine
  3. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,549

    from California

    saw a post about water in the engine compartment. I had louvers on my daily never in a garage OT truck for 8 or 9 years and never had any issues and I kept the engine compartment pretty clean.
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  4. My feet use to get wetter than the engine with my 39 Convertible, the louvers in the hood didn't let water in unless I was stopped, then the rake allowed water in the louvers, but the cowl vent leaked more. HRP
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  5. pirate
    Joined: Jun 29, 2006
    Posts: 408

    from Alabama

    I betting that other then people who frequent the HAMB most people ( even on other car sites) would not be able to tell you what a louver is. I like them and think they look great on earlier cars and race cars. Especially when they are functional rather then decorative.
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  6. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,680

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    I like louvers, yes they are a pita to color sand..but not every step to building a Hot Rod is a walk in the park.
    Had a couple of cars I had louvers punched into.
    I picked up this '41 Ford p/u hood, that already had the holes punched, for the price of the'll eventually go on another pickup project. IMG_2515.JPG
  7. Chainsaw chipper
    Joined: Nov 29, 2007
    Posts: 170

    Chainsaw chipper
    from Illinois

    Seems like very little is popular anymore except everyone calling out the demise of the hobby,sad to see this sight turning into a opinionated bitch session,really MISS the old HAMB and yes one of my cars(32 three window) has many louvers on the hood and trunk.
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  8. denis4x4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2005
    Posts: 3,390

    from Colorado


    Took quite a few guys to hold the cab in place while the louvers were punched.
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  9. Originally more for function then looking pretty.....not having an issue or need for them at the moment.
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  10. Early Fords with louvers scream hot rod! HRP
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  11. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 3,836

    from Berry, AL

    In my mind, it's the type of car, placement, and number of louvers that decide if I like them or not. Sometimes less is better, I don't care for louvered tops, hoods are fine along with some trunk lids. I remember reading one time that a louver would actually flow more air than a open hole, so that was how how louvered trunk lids came to be on race cars, getting the trapped air out of the car. I've seen cars that were punched with so many that it looked silly, not my cup of tea.

    Only louvers on my car are the factory ones on the inner front fenders.
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  12. Common on land speed record cars, all the louvers helps to alleviate air pressure that tries to build up inside the cars. HRP
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  13. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,052


    IMG_0189.JPG IMG_0190.JPG Here are some on my Chevy c-10 pickup - 3-2-1- on the hood and the lower front quarter panels
  14. 3W JOHN
    Joined: Oct 8, 2015
    Posts: 479

    3W JOHN

    Danny, do you know if J. Ed still does louvers?
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  15. 3W JOHN
    Joined: Oct 8, 2015
    Posts: 479

    3W JOHN

    Don, did your red roadster pickup have a lot of louvers like the yellow one?
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  16. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 1,456


    I have louvers but made the mistake of making my aluminum hood out of too thick material. Some of them tore a bit on the ends. Now has any restorer out there ever unlouvered a car?
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  17. Man, I think that would be expensive, kinda like a unwanted tattoo. HRP
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  18. Or ex-wife! Just sayin'.
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  19. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 9,867

    Atwater Mike

    In 1957, San Jose a white '56 Chevy Bel Air had 120 louvers in the deck lid! Hood had them, too. I was anxious to talk with the driver, did this Chevy run at the Lakes???

    Caught up with him at the local drive-in, John's on Santa Clara St. It was the famous Swap Meet Jack, (Jack Stanley) and the Chev had NOT run at the lakes. But it had a fresh new 392 Chrysler Hemi in front of a 4 speed...(the car was ONE YEAR OLD!) The engine was brand new, across-the-counter from Normandin's Chrysler. Whew!

    Von Franco striped a louver job at my shop...Now, a good striper can do consistent 'lines', even on louvers. But I've never seen any from start to finish that were as perfect as those lines. Look at some that are striped next time...look like a hundred worms that aren't even related!
    Tommy the Greek was extreme in his consistency, the best I EVER saw.
    He pinstriped a control line model airplane for me...(no louvers!) Crashed it in a month.
  20. There are several styles of louvers but I honestly like the more rounded shape . HRP

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  21. 3W JOHN
    Joined: Oct 8, 2015
    Posts: 479

    3W JOHN

    Yeah, that's what I call old school louvers.
  22. 3W JOHN
    Joined: Oct 8, 2015
    Posts: 479

    3W JOHN

    Danny, who does that style?
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  23. RockyMtnWay
    Joined: Jan 6, 2015
    Posts: 86


    I’m a fan of the rounder style as well. They look good from the front and side, but even better from inside the windshield.

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  24. That's what I'm talking about, absolutely perfect louvers. HRP

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  25. Chicster
    Joined: Aug 5, 2018
    Posts: 114

    1. Missouri H.A.M.B.ers

    I like them april 19 036.jpg
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  26. Buzz McCloud 1954. HRP

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  27. All Deuce run. HRP

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  28. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 4,426

    Marty Strode

    I like them in raw metal the best. IMG_2529.JPG
  29. Latigo
    Joined: Mar 24, 2014
    Posts: 615


    I like them on someone else’s car.
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