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History Saw this hood at the UPS store.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Butch Clay, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. Butch Clay
    Joined: Sep 27, 2011
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    Butch Clay

    What do you make of this??? The glass was perfectly curved.

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  2. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
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    from Nicasio Ca

    It's so if your hood flies open you can still see.
  3. Those were factory made to show off the new motor in the new vehicles of the day. There was a thread here recently about one for a 49 olds to show off the new Olds V8 in 49. They're pretty rare.

    I think Bob K has one, and if you are in WI, maybe Bob K sold his?? A shot in the dark probably.
  4. Butch Clay
    Joined: Sep 27, 2011
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    Butch Clay

    Hmmm, is that an Oldsmobile?

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  5. Butch Clay
    Joined: Sep 27, 2011
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    Butch Clay

    Yeah, Oconomowoc Wi near Waukesha.

    I thought it was cool as hell. The glass looked like a pro did it so it got me wondering.

    I started searching and it looks like an Oldsmobile but it has 2 parallel sets of holes. What bolted to those holes? I thought Olds had a center mount hood ornament?

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  6. Retromod Restoration
    Joined: Jan 13, 2014
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    Retromod Restoration
    from campbell

    kinda looks like a 52 chevy truck hood?
  7. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
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    My girlfriend's car has an Olds hood ornament on it and it uses the two parallel lines of holes like that. Might be the difference between and 88 and 98, or maybe an option. Looks like an Olds hood to me.

    I wonder if someone is offering this as a service, reproducing the windows and installing them into hoods? '54 Fords had a similar one to show off the new OHV engine, I think those were tinted to match the glasstop roofs.
  8. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,332


    That's an Olds hood. The Rocket/airplane bolted into those holes.
  9. 325w
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
    Posts: 5,288

    from texas

    Thought there was one for sale a while back. UPS may have lost it!
  10. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
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    scrap metal 48

    Are you sure those are glass panels?? The ones I've seen were plastic...
  11. JunkYardGuy
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 82


    Friend of mine has one for his 49 Oldsmobile.
  12. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
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  13. i remember seeing one 25+years ago from a corvair at a swop meet [i think] it was quite scratched up so i believe it too was plexiglass.
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    It is definetly a 49-50 Olds hood. Dealers used them to show off the new V-8 engine. A very rare piece indeed
  15. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 5,676

    from Oregon

    Saw an identical hood on a local guy's '51 or '52 Chevy coupe here back around '61-'63 time. He had a SBC swapped into it, and it was parked at the local parts store at the end of my street. It was before I started driving, but I loved hotrods and thought it was pretty darn cool!
  16. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,689

    from California

    I hope some idiot didn't bring it to the UPS store thinking the "professionals" could pack it securely and ship it without damage.
  17. Cool piece of history, but not very good looking IMO.
    Joined: Nov 22, 2005
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    from SIDNEY, NY

    Olds did it in '49, Ford did it in '54, and in '60, there was a display hood (engine cover?) for Corvairs that was completely clear.
  19. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
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    From close personal account, that hood will end up a pretzel with shattered inserts if left up to the UPS Store to pack.
  20. There's one of these on the Olds being worked on in the shop in the movie "Deuce of Spades"
  21. Raven53
    Joined: Jan 12, 2009
    Posts: 442

    from Irwin Pa

    Yup Ford did do one in 54 I saw one up close and personal at Carlisle.
  22. Super88
    Joined: Nov 21, 2001
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    I've seen both the Olds and the Ford versions. I'll have to see if I can dig up the photos I took.
  23. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    from Las Vegas

    There was a guy at GG Puyallup several years ago had a 49-52 Chev with one of those hoods, and when you looked at the engine, it was a Wankel rotary. Neat installation and a very clean car.
  24. BIG-JIM
    Joined: Jun 13, 2009
    Posts: 1,367

    from CT

    Boy can I identify with that! Picked up an almost NOS 34 hood (probably an early take off) and they put a dent in it. And yes they packaged it up too. Guess it was just too perfect.:rolleyes:
  25. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
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    Wow! Someome has enough money to pay UPS to box AND ship it? Bob
  26. The805Garage
    Joined: Jan 14, 2014
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    from Lompoc, Ca

    Cool history but would be cooler if they were really glass!! Imagine the possibilities!
  27. Super88
    Joined: Nov 21, 2001
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    The Ford photo was taken at the BTT50's about six years ago. I thought I had some more photos of the Olds, but I can't locate them at the moment. If I remember correctly, the owner of the Olds told me he bought the hood at Iola NOS, still in the box.

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  28. Butch Clay
    Joined: Sep 27, 2011
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    Butch Clay

    She told me a local guy sold it on EBay. I don't know any other details.

    I'm sure it was plastic, but it looked like glass. It was in really nice shape.

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  29. Newbedonnie
    Joined: Jan 14, 2014
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    from SC

    We once had UPS "professionally" pack a very antique and very expensive hand wind wall clock. By the time it got from New Hampshire to South Carolina you couldn't even recognize what in the world it had been! Unbelievable!!!

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