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Hot Rods Cars without a hood.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Oct 23, 2019.

  1. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 5,950


    Hood off for looks, eh ?? I always thought the hood was left off depending on the engine - leave it off if you're running a Ford, since you'll be tinkering with it a lot to make it run right. Chevy ?? - just leave the hood on....:D
  2. Dago 88
    Joined: Mar 4, 2006
    Posts: 1,704

    Dago 88

  3. The Shift Wizard
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
    Posts: 1,650

    The Shift Wizard

    The earlier cars with the squared-off, 90-degree firewalls, do it best. It looks like it was always an option to run either way.
    The older cars with hoods that overlapped the cowl can and do look okay and it is nice to see the eye candy from all angles. But they don't have the same "Hey! It's meant to go either way" credentials. It's more like a "Hey! *It's a hot rod, not a custom. I have the hood hanging on the wall back at the garage" statement. I love all these examples so no offense intended. I want all of 'em when you're done with 'em.

    *This is not a scientifically recognized definition. It's a miscellaneous rambling of a single cell in the body at large.
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  4. My 32 Roadster from Sweden. 140726lycrusing256.jpg
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  5. j hansen
    Joined: Dec 22, 2012
    Posts: 1,362

    j hansen
    from sweden

    My pics from Swedens west coast car meeting over the years. Skärmavbild 2019-12-23 kl. 07.51.11.png Skärmavbild 2019-12-23 kl. 07.46.14.png Skärmavbild 2019-12-23 kl. 07.53.49.png Skärmavbild 2019-12-23 kl. 07.47.10.png Skärmavbild 2019-12-23 kl. 07.54.25.png Skärmavbild 2019-12-23 kl. 07.54.56.png Skärmavbild 2019-12-23 kl. 07.48.55.png Skärmavbild 2019-12-23 kl. 07.49.41.png Skärmavbild 2019-12-23 kl. 07.47.41.png Skärmavbild 2019-12-23 kl. 07.44.37.png
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  6. No hood was the style in the 60's.

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  7. Your style is timeless, Dean.
  8. Radrod31
    Joined: Nov 10, 2014
    Posts: 169

    from New Jersey

  9. carcruse
    Joined: Aug 20, 2007
    Posts: 679


  10. Man,,,,a lot of really beautiful engines here !

    Also,,, a lot of really cool cars from Sweden,,,,who knew.
    Let’s see some more from around the world.

    Last edited: Dec 24, 2019
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  11. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,271

    from So Cal

    Every picture you post of your RPU is a little different, showing you kept changing it up. Compared to your avatar pic, in this one the wheels are different, blower on the engine, the headers, the Moon style tank up front, and maybe it's just the photo but it looks like maybe the running boards have a diamond plate or something. I'd love to see a photo thread of this great little truck showing the evolution of it over the years.
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  12. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 4,873

    Deuce Daddy Don

    When I ran it to Memphis in 1975. HIBOY STYLE IN 1975 001.jpg
  13. The running boards are the stock Ford commercial boards chromed. The car was in a state of evolution the first few years after it was built. The headers, Moon tank, and wheels were changed when I got serious about racing the car and going after the NHRA class records. The original 283 poked a rod out one Sunday at Pomona. When we patched it up, it was assembled with Vick Hubbard 8:1 pistons and it became the street motor with the 4-71 added.
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  14. Chicster
    Joined: Aug 5, 2018
    Posts: 112

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

    I think fenderless cars look better without a hood. Full fendered cars need a hood.
  15. pecker head
    Joined: Nov 8, 2006
    Posts: 3,618

    pecker head

  16. I ran a couple hood less T-Bucket009.jpg
    StrayKat 500 2018 (2).jpg
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  17. guy1unico
    Joined: Aug 30, 2006
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  18. Blake 27
    Joined: Apr 10, 2016
    Posts: 555

    Blake 27

    My roadster in Pleasanton 2012 T on grass-studio-2.jpg

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  19. I dunno....model 40s have usually looked better with hoods IMHO. 34SIDE12_21_15.jpg 34atjimmys6_19.jpg
  20. Way better than hoods with out cars like the N.Y. subways. HAHAhahahah!!!
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  21. shortypu
    Joined: Dec 22, 2010
    Posts: 162


    None of mine got hoods.But I did just put one on the 32 and I kinda like it. IMG_1013.JPG IMG_0042.JPG IMG_3860.JPG
  22. blvdbill
    Joined: Feb 2, 2010
    Posts: 280

    from California

  23. Pat
    Joined: Jan 6, 2002
    Posts: 122


    upload_2019-12-24_19-8-55.jpeg I never got around to cutting a hole in my 59 hood. I ended up running without it for many years.
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  24. flatheadgary
    Joined: Jul 17, 2007
    Posts: 706

    from boron,ca

    just my rambling but i think it might have something to do with the length of the engine area. if you have a fender less '20's to '34's, if the frame is a little longer there, it looks good without. stock length frame on these cars, it needs a big motor to take up the shorter space, to make it look filled up. other years who knows. or as they say "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". then who can argue with a flathead in any car, so what do i know?
  25. Here's mine without the hood top. I usually run the hood top, but decided to leave it off for awhile.
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  26. Baron
    Joined: Aug 13, 2004
    Posts: 3,355


    Here are a few of mine, past and present, I ran without a hood. Corvette  7 30 18 a.jpg Baron 11 x32.jpg My old Graffiti Coupe II x.jpg My old 40 day after painted.JPG My 1st 32 Ford 5W finished front.JPG 1970-02-05 21.52.40-3x.jpg
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  27. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 12,874

    from oregon

    A car my Bakersfield pal had.
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    I generally like early hotrods without hoods. My '35 Chevy has always run with a hood. When I pulled the hood off to get it louvered, I thought it would look cool without the hood for a while. Wrong! The '35 has some akward proportions as it is, and with the hood off, it gets even worse. The cowl extends so far under the hood, that it gets weird fast. The hood actually helps hide some of the weirdness. Looked so bad, I hid the car in the garage until I got the hood back and reinstalled.
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  29. Tall t 26
    Joined: Oct 6, 2017
    Posts: 197

    Tall t 26

    My 26 sedan
    And 26 coupe

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