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History Hood Louvers of Interest (Sexy Hoods part II)

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Jive-Bomber, Jul 7, 2015.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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    Jive-Bomber submitted a new blog post:

    Hood Louvers of Interest (Sexy Hoods part II)

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  2. JeffreyJames
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    I am toying with the idea of doing some small louvers on my '33's hoodsides. I agree it can be a real distinguishing mark for a car. Why didn't hot rodders do more inverted louvers like their european counterparts? I think Dick Flint is the only one I know? I'd like to copy his....
     
  3. belair
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    I really like the first pic with the three sets of horizontal louvers.
     
  4. DonHillerOldsPowered34.jpg Orange32Hemi 2.JPG RichiesModelA1stVariation.JPG RichiesTubFront.jpg

    Here are some older pics of custom hood sides. The last one I included because of the unique top:barely visible are the louvers that are tapered in a V pattern;each louver being a different size and hand cut.
     

  5. I spliced 34 chevy hood sides into my aftermarket 33 ford hood sides for a different look..gives the hood a longer look. 34hoodsidespartiallydonesmall.jpg 34side1_15-0small.jpg
     
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  7. I'd always wondered how reversed louvers on the front half of a hood top, and standard louvers on the back half of the hood sides would look.
    Hood louvers drawing air into the engine compartment and side louvers providing air escape.
    Rocky, that looks awesome! Great touch.
     
  8. Wildcycles
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    [​IMG] My model A hood is not aluminum, but it is a custom made 3 piece hood that has louvers. Here is a before and after photo of the hood side.I did not louver the top, as many of the early hotrods were not louvered on the top panel, but just the sides.
     

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  9. That car was started in 1953 by a guy named Don Hiller who owned a body shop in Massachusetts.He drove the car for years and then sold it in the late 1960's(when the photo was taken).Had an early Olds(52-or53)engine with all early Ford driveline. Color was a beautiful Chinese red. Wonder where it is today? Any of you Mass guys know ?
     
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    Hey I hope you don't mind a bigger version of your Don Hiller picture. Love that picture. Louvers top, sides, and shiny pail latches to boot.
     
  11. meyetoys
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    My 41 Ford sedan hood. Working on stuff & got tired of banging my head
    so I took it off. Never counted to see how many there are. The guy who did
    them made his own press.
    For Sale Jan 2013 009.JPG
     
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  12. Not a problem. By the way the item between the frame horns up front is a Falstaff Tapper Keg which I believe was installed by the guy who bought the car .It acts as an additional coolant source(not beer;antifreeze)as the Olds I believe had some cooling issues. I think they eventually solved it by removing the hood. I have known a couple cars who ran super-hot with a hood and fine when it was removed.As I recall the fan was cut down and really inefficient.This was before Flex-A-Lites became popular.
     
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  13. Tim
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    Pete and jakes is building a cool 34 with inverted louvers in the sides I'll see if I can find a photo
     
  14. Tim
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  15. Prolly need to get me some of those.....
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  16. StrickV8
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    Were hood top louvers seen on hot rods post-war at the dry lakes in the late 1940's or was it more popular in the 1950's? Don Montgomery books are on my wish list...
     
  17. 117harv
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    Louvers and a blister. DSC_4046.jpg
     
  18. Muttley
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    None of those look as good as Henry's originals.
     
  19. Jerry Rice
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    That maroon coupe is stunning.
     
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  20. Race City Rodz
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    Tom Medley's 1940 Ford Hood is the best example for this type of car. I really want these type of Louvers on my 1938 Ford Standard Coupe.
    Tom Medley Louvered Hood.jpg Tom Medley Louvered Hood 2.jpg Tom Medley Louvered Hood 3.jpg
     
  21. So-cal Tex
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    I like the ones done by our local louver hero Chip aka 20150614_125644_resized_1.jpg " Got Louvers"
     
  22. 50Fraud
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    The roadster that I had for a few years was built by Larry Mitchell, who is a louver addict. There were something like 300 in the whole car:
    24ford-miller-27.jpg
     
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  23. When I channeled my '40 in 2010-2011, I had traded the DeLuxe hood for a from-back-in-the-day '39 Deluxe hood with the louvers already there. It was a scary thing to cut the hood:
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    But I guess it came out OK:
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  24. edfueler
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    Three piece hood. twin carb clearance via a slight bulge and a flared cutaway. Louvers cut with a cutoff wheel and a beadroller.

    Posted using the Full Custom H.A.M.B. App!
     

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  25. edfueler
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    Stunning work. Love it.
     
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    A great day, looks like. That is cool.
     
  27. LOU WELLS
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    TOM MEDLEY COUPE WITH LOUVERS IN THE NHRA MUSEUM. LARS 2015(1) 028.JPG
     
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  28. geoford41
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    20140811_073534 front end.jpeg Here are the ones on my '40 standard, TJ from Long Island, NY did them, 66 total, no overheating & they look "cool" in my opinion
     
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  29. ANDEREGG TRIBUTE
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    Ripped off from my build thread.....

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    YUP, OVERT AND SHAMELESS PLUG FOR "NEED LOUVERS ?" Thanks Chip it looks awesome, your work was flawless and more than I expected!!!

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