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Hood open or closed?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 49toad, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. SlowandLow63
    Joined: Sep 18, 2004
    Posts: 5,953

    from Central NJ

    Even then, keep it closed and don't take part in the judging! :D
  2. chop32
    Joined: Oct 13, 2002
    Posts: 1,077


    Always hoods/doors ruin the lines of the car
  3. R Frederick
    Joined: Mar 30, 2009
    Posts: 2,660

    R Frederick
    from illinois

    Oh yea, don't forget to crank the wheels a little to the right. [​IMG]
  4. Devoz
    Joined: Aug 25, 2007
    Posts: 84


  5. Is that your final answer? 'Cause it's the right answer...
  6. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,555

    from Garner, NC

    Closed for sure....
  7. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,984

    from California

    ...and definitly closed while you are driving.
  8. Roger O'Dell
    Joined: Jan 21, 2008
    Posts: 1,145

    Roger O'Dell

    Closed .. I never open the hood,doors, or trunk. at the indoor shows I take the points hit. John Buck (AMBR) spotted me at the veterns car show at Loma Linda, Ca. this year and told me the had a class this yeay in Sato for cars that were not opened up. I've done it so long they don't ask or remind me to open up. Roger
  9. jerseymike
    Joined: Sep 25, 2008
    Posts: 680


    always closed! a custom is about smooth flow and open doors and hoods only break up the flow. always feel like when someone leaves the car all open they might be trying to hide poor fit or gaps. a good custom is a whole bodyfit.
  10. Sam Navarro
    Joined: Jul 16, 2009
    Posts: 758

    Sam Navarro

    Going with the crowd, CLOSED all the way!
  11. iNVisionPrototypes
    Joined: Jun 6, 2010
    Posts: 10


    Closed! Its all about the final gaps that makes or breaks a custom.
  12. Francisco Plumbero
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,536

    Francisco Plumbero
    from il.

  13. Closed ! While we are on this subject I have some other don'ts for everyone if they want to see their car in a magazine. Please don't surround your car with chairs or coolers . If you want to watch people look at your car put your chair back behind the car so I can get a good shot. Also if you own a pair of fuzzy dice burn them.

  14. IMO any club or organization that requires a custom to be judged with it's hood/doors/trunk open should not be giving away trophys for customs because they clearly have no idea what the essence of a great custom really is.
  15. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
    Posts: 6,921


    Closed. Always. Unless somebody asks to see it, then show 'em, and close it right back up.
  16. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 7,011


    Definitely closed. Open it if someone asks you about the engine and would like to see it.
    Then close it quick.
  17. VonMisfit
    Joined: Jan 25, 2010
    Posts: 35


    closed for sure

    if everything is open its just that more inviting for piss ant kids with no respect to put their dirty dick skinners on everything
  18. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 9,440



    But I like 49ratfink's idea...I think I'll shoot a picture of a blown big block, or a Hemi, and label that "My engine," that oughta confuse everyone...!!!

    Another thing I absolutely detest is someone that opens the hood on a near-stocker and has a crappy rattle-can detailed engine, with paint right over the top of the grease...if it ain't even clean, keep the damned hood closed...!!!
  19. 29nash
    Joined: Nov 6, 2008
    Posts: 4,544

    from colorado

    I don't get exercised in the least on how anybody else chooses to show their car. I got better things to do.

    I don't have a Custom, open the hood on my hot rod. If I don't, experience already tells me, just as many people want to see what's in there as people that have an adversion to lookin'.. If they don't want to see the motor, they can look away.

    When anybody wants a picture with the hood closed, they ask. I give them permission; "go ahead on", I say. . .............. "close it"..:D
  20. punkstripe
    Joined: Jun 7, 2010
    Posts: 6


    I prefer to see a car with the hood closed. If I want to know what's under the hood, I'll ask. More than likely they'll open the hood and show you anyway. I like to see the lines of a car and the paint as a whole, not all broken up with the hood and doors open.
  21. steeljunkieII
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 90


    Closed, unless it's a bitchin camaro, then you just remove it.
  22. 65stepside
    Joined: May 26, 2009
    Posts: 128


    nother vote for closed
  23. Kona Cruisers
    Joined: Feb 4, 2007
    Posts: 1,074

    Kona Cruisers

    closed.. that way they can't see the belly button motor....
  24. Tony Ray
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 947

    Tony Ray

    best customs are the ones that are driving down the street. .kinda hard to drive with the hood open:cool: IF you have to everyone else said keep em closed unless asked.. and even then if its an idiot.. dont bother opening it.. kinda ruins the surprise is ya show someone whats under the hood before ya race em:D
  25. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,670


    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP THE HOOD, DOORS, AND TRUNK LID CLOSED![QUOTE=49toad;5312962]Should a Custom be shown with the hood and doors open or closed? I have a 49 Olds with a Watson style scollope paint scheme. It has a 57Olds j-2 motor and has a 50's style interior. I think it brakes up the profile and paint schemeto open the hood and doors. Hot rods are ok with the hood open but I think a custom should be showned with closed. What do you think?[/QUOTE]
  26. VenomousType
    Joined: Feb 6, 2008
    Posts: 299

    from Atlanta GA

  27. Oilcan Harry
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 906

    Oilcan Harry
    from INDY

    In most of the clubs in our area, a closed hood is a guaranteed way to NOT get a trophy. At least in our club, points are awarded for (1) paint and body (2) interior (3) engine compartment and (4) chassis. Losing a quarter of your points isn't a good thing![/QUOTE]

    Well, that's as good a reason I can think of to not enter a car show. lol Guess I'm burned out on car shows.
  28. Antny
    Joined: Aug 19, 2009
    Posts: 1,071

    from Noo Yawk

    Absolutely positively CLOSED. I HATE going to shows and seeing all those cars with their hoods open. It's all about the architecture and stance. Open hoods ruin it for me.

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