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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. J. Ed still punches louvers over in Belton.

    Hortons Race Cars.HRP
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  3. AVater
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,124

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    Saw this today and thought I’d share:

  4. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,507


    Don't care for that one at all
  5. 3W JOHN
    Joined: Oct 8, 2015
    Posts: 469

    3W JOHN


    It looks like my hood did after my neighbors damn cat left wet tracks on the hood and top.
  6. fordflambe
    Joined: Apr 9, 2007
    Posts: 422


  7. I have always liked this car,louvers & flames, what more could you ask for. :D HRP
  8. At my house, yes, louvers are as popular as they have been. Overall, I don't have any idea.
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  9. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,660

    rusty rocket

    Did these this afternoon. image.jpg image.jpg
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  11. ladyhrp
    Joined: Mar 16, 2007
    Posts: 169


    Danny ask me if I wanted louvers in the hood of my wagon, I said no.

    I thought they looked good in his 1939 Ford Convertible and if he want's them in his sedan it's OK with me.
  12. I love the look, and would love to do the hood of both my cars, but no one locally does them affordably.
  13. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
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  14. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 26,210


    120 in the hood on my 48 but that hood isn't going back on the new build. I'm undecided on if I do the hood this time as there is going to be a ton of finned cast and seriously polished aluminum under there this time. These were done in Bremerton Wa around 1980/81 On an air operated press that is said to still be somewhere in the PNW.
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  15. Kids didn't do Louvers much in the 50's they cost too much, many more are done today. Often in the wrong place, should be 2 or 3 rows per side of the hood like the 48 Ford hood above.
  16. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,049


    Just the other day, my wife and I were driving down PCH toward our house and she asked a funny question. What ever happened to those “slits” in the hood of our 327 SBC 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery? Well, that is/was a good question. We did see some real louvers in other old hot rods at a recent show. In my first 40 Ford Sedan Delivery, it had a Flathead motor with a smooth hood. But I sort of remember the “slits” or "louvers" on the 2nd Sedan Delivery we bought. Since it was a daily driver, rain or shine, water always seem to get in and cause some sort of problem.

    Maybe those problems and trying to fix/live with them made my mind go blank ever since. I enjoyed driving both sedan deliveries so much, that particular aspect stays in my old memories. But, it was a surprise to hear…what happened to those “slits…” from my wife. She did spend a lot of time driving that 327 powered sedan delivery. But over the years we owned it, the right rear sight line just aggravated her to no end. That has caused a bad memory of the whole driving episodes during those cruising days.
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    1 row and half on each side of the hood center line?


    During the time we drove the 2nd 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery, we had a house with glass louvers in two West facing windows. This design was very popular in those custom house building days. With one lever, a tall 4 ft. x 2 ft. wide, "louvered" window opened up to bring in the West facing ocean breezes. For us, it was new and fabulous, to bring in the cooling ocean air right into the house. But, the house was built during a dry season and was not tested for rain and water leakage.

    When the rains came, and they did, (Straight into shore from the West and Northwest direction) the louvered window panes did not seal as well as a normal casement window. So, the water came right into the house... Those episodes were one reason to put a blank on that custom house and forget the "louvered" windows and anything related to the word "louver."

    To her, these days, LOUVERS are those wooden, slat, window coverings we have on most of the normal double pane windows in our small house. But, the word, “slits” was a great description. At least on the 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery, they were real louvers punched by a machine.
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  17. I'm a lover of louvers..........:D 2013-10-22 13.06.45.jpg
  18. burl
    Joined: Nov 28, 2007
    Posts: 610

    from Minnesota

    I like louvers when im looking at them from behind the wheel louvers.jpg
  19. Sculptive Design Co.
    Joined: Jul 23, 2018
    Posts: 57

    Sculptive Design Co.

    Louvers = Function/Racing = Always Cool!
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  20. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 923

    jim snow

    I also am a lover of louvers. They’re the most mentioned feature on the coupe. I definitely like looking over them tooling down the road. Snowman
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  21. ebfabman
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  22. Kan Kustom
    Joined: Jul 20, 2009
    Posts: 2,396

    Kan Kustom

    Me too !
  23. Kan Kustom
    Joined: Jul 20, 2009
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    Kan Kustom

    Nice score ! I would have jumped on that in a flash.
  24. Kan Kustom
    Joined: Jul 20, 2009
    Posts: 2,396

    Kan Kustom

    A guy named Roger, can't think of his last name in Geneseo Kansas does this style. I have two hoods done by him.
  25. Ok guys that have louvers, what is the down side of them?
    I really dig the look & would like to do the hood on my shoebox.
    I also plan to make it my Summer daily driver as it's a little rugged already.
    I'm not even close to a real mechanic & don't want to add more stress to my life, you know electrical problems during wet weather or whatever cons there is to having louvers.
    I'm hoping it would help with cooling as these cars are prone to cooling problems.
    Any advice would be appreciated.
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  27. Chappy444
    Joined: Jan 27, 2012
    Posts: 1,031

    1. Maryland HAMBers

    When I was growing up my dad had a few cars with louvers, and he painted a bunch of cars with louvers. And because I had smaller fingers it was "my privilege" to be able to help my dad, learn a skill and sand all the louvers...
    For me the question should be "are louvers still as unpopular to sand as they have always been?"
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  28. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,057

    Bandit Billy

    I've been thinking about punching the hood on my truck build, here are the main reasons I have come up with NOT to do it;
    1. PNW Rain, if you have a detailed engine, you wont for long - not without lots of elbow grease and Mothers polish
    2. Waxing, unless you like em matte finished
    3. Detail spray, (cover your engine first)
    4. You cant run hood insulation
    5. Wet/dry Sanding, like prepping and painting a cheese grater
    6. Expense, 100 louvers aint cheap

    BUT looks totally bitchin! Hey if was easy...

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