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Easy hood for my 33 pickup made from '46 hood

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by wutnxt, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. wutnxt
    Joined: Aug 2, 2009
    Posts: 309


    Here's my hood that I just finished using only a cutoff wheel, sawzall, grinder and mig welder. I don't have any fancy sheet metal working tools other than an oxygen bottle for rolling. I had been thinking about a hood for some time now but didn't want to tackle forming one from a flat piece. I have a '46 pickup also and a bunch of spare parts including an extra hood. After staring at the '46 hood for quite a while, I could see some possibilities in the old hood. My '33 p.u. cab is set back 3", and channeled 3". The grille shell and radiator are moved forward enough to lower them to line up with the cowl. In all, there is almost 5" extra length for a hood.
    First I made a template from heavy construction paper, then cut the two sides from the hood, trimming along the bottom of the belt line. I used a length of 1" X1/8" flat to join the two pieces. I chose to avoid warping by just tacking rather than solid welding the center strip. Trying to think how I was going to hide the center strip, I got into the old parts box and found the original '46 center hood strip. I had to lengthen it about 1", but it is perfect and it hides the welding. I actually like the looks of the truck without the hood, but hey, I just can't leave anything alone. Maybe I'll like it better after I make my lakes headers this winter. These hoods are plentiful and cheap. I hope you guys liked this post and maybe this will give someone ideas like I had. I'm off to the louver guy now.

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  2. Looks like an excellent job there. I agree, get it louvered.
  3. Rob Paul
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 1,264

    Rob Paul

    awesome. this should be in tech week!!
  4. Pete Peterson
    Joined: Jan 6, 2008
    Posts: 19

    Pete Peterson

    Nice job!! That's what this is all about, use what you got and use it well. I used a wrecked 46 hood to make a splash pan for my "32". Now it hides the rack steering and the embossed (FORD) from the side panel is centered in the splash pan.
    My story at shows is that Henry made these special to go on the Brewster bodied limos that stripped all the "FORD' identification. I was working in Detroit and found 10-12 of these pans in a corner and I took one. Many more details-you add them. Pete
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  5. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,796


    Very nice! Looks factory.
  6. wutnxt
    Joined: Aug 2, 2009
    Posts: 309


    I'm puttin' the embossed logo in the panel right below my tailgate. Hmmm! What's a good story for that one?
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  7. NealinCA
    Joined: Dec 12, 2001
    Posts: 2,880


    I like it. Great use of old Ford parts!

  8. Oh great, now there's a '46 somewhere looking for its hood back ;~)
    Seriously, well done, came out beautiful.
  9. ...nice job, cool thinking, sell the rest of the hood to someone to use.
  10. Very impressive,I really like the look and the thought process. HRP
  11. flyn schlosser
    Joined: Oct 13, 2014
    Posts: 205

    flyn schlosser
    from phelan, ca

    Thats a great idea i might have to try .
  12. willymakeit
    Joined: Apr 13, 2009
    Posts: 1,324


    That looks good.
  13. Wow- impressed you could see the hood you needed in the hood you had.
  14. Hollywood-East
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 990


    B(.)(.)bie's ! Really dig the thinking with the body line..
  15. wutnxt
    Joined: Aug 2, 2009
    Posts: 309


    Here's the finished hood. I smoothed the center strip after the louvers. It just looked cleaner. Spold the truck about two years ago to finance my '40. 2014-04-10 01.14.09.jpg
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  16. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 9,259

    Atwater Mike

    Hood was a dream...Perfect fit!
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 369

    from okc

    Good eye, that turned out sweet. I am building a chopped & channeled '34 pu and have the same dilemma if I wanna run a hood....maybe Henry planned this repurposing....?
  18. fastcar1953
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
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  19. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 5,422

    from Michigan

    Genius. Taking note for future reference.
    Now I've seen '40 hoods used on the front...and the back. (boat-tail)
    Hmmm...fill in the middle and you've got a speedster.

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