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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Mike VV, Aug 4, 2019.

  1. ramblin dan
    Joined: Apr 16, 2018
    Posts: 2,039

    ramblin dan

    I put the hood up only high enough to be able to see in. The reason is I find it takes away from the lines of the car and the overall look of the vehicle. I don't like taking pictures of cars with the hood up as others have already stated. It depends on the car but a lot of times when I see a car with the hood all the way up it makes me picture it as something is wrong and waiting to be fixed. If that makes any sense.
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  2. rjones35
    Joined: May 12, 2008
    Posts: 865


    I've wondered that too. I think it's because they're ashamed, but want to seem cool.
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  3. If you got it FLAUNT IT ha ha
  4. Its something that has bled over from indoor shows and if your at a show where points/awards for engine compartments are awarded. When showing like in a ISCA show you need to have your doors, hood and trunk open enough for the judges to evaluate, but it does ruin the lines on alot of the show cars because it disrupts the body lines, so its a compromise between the two.
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  5. When I pull into a cruise night everybody wants to know what's under the hood of the obnoxious sounding truck. I think the truck looks the best with the tilt front closed, but I also like my blown 540 under it. 20180906_163229.jpg
    I'm figuring out plexiglass hood sides so I can have the best of both worlds.

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  6. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,122


    No, no, not mine but I wonder if he lost points for the missing wheels &tires? 2816718154_b868180fb1_z.jpg
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  7. Looks like the Fire Department cut them out after a wreck! JW
  8. Black_Sheep
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 1,177


    At the GSTA show I was told that the judges won't open the hood, doors, etc... so entrants that wanted their interior or engine compartment judged should leave them open. That might be the reason that most judged show cars are displayed "opened up".

    As for the hood being partially up, I like to set it so an average height person can easily see the engine compartment and the rows of louvers going across the hood. Both are important features of the truck's style...

  9. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,413

    jimmy six

    So guys can see some of the shiney s--t, but not how dirty it really is.
  10. I love chrome too,, thats alotta chrome!
  11. looks like they are in the 4 corners holding all the mirrors down.
  12. It is exactly the reason. Most judging (if ISCA) is done after hours of the show and beings usually the night before the show actually opens. For the Portland Roadster Show anyway, by Sunday some owners close the cars up for display and convertibles drop their tops. Though that can be an issue as if your car/truck is a close points situation with another car the judges will look the car over again on sunday to really look for tiny things to figure out the winner, so its best to leave the cars opened up all show long. For Taboo we made prop rods for the hood and doors to keep them at the lowest height but for full point potential at a show after talking with a few of the ISCA judges.

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  13. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 5,843


    I don't care what other people do with their cars. None of my business. None of their business what I do with my cars, either.
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  14. wallyringo
    Joined: May 19, 2010
    Posts: 709


    I do it long enough to cool off the motor. By the time the show starts my hood is down.
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  15. fastcar1953
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,137


    I always have mine open for the judging. Gotta get a trophy. DSCF7352.JPG
  16. RJP
    Joined: Oct 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,538

    from PNW

    Somebody asked me that question at a show once, so I slammed the hood on their hand. Joke was on them. Wasn't my car.....

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