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We Need a "Who Does Louvers" Thread!!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by need louvers ?, Mar 16, 2014.

  1. john worden
    Joined: Nov 14, 2007
    Posts: 1,747

    john worden
    from iowa

    In Iowa I do 3" and 4" louvers including the curved or "old school" style as well as Pullmax louvering.
    Green Mountain is 65 miles NE of Des Moines. PM me or phone 641 474 2313.
    Thanks for starting this thread.

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  2. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,432

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Ok, if you have to ask...;)
    Old style have a pronounced, continuous arch all the way across the opening lip. The opening will be larger at the peak (center) of the arch.
    Whereas the newer style dies usually arch up from both sides, then are flat across the opening edge, maintaining a continuously even opening (ie; 1/4"). Essentially, you can place a straight edge across them.

    I personally prefer the traditional, rounded style louver. Best example is Stan Betz' old press.
  3. I have a louver press with a 4 foot throat and 1", 2" and 3" flat top style dies. I can usually turn small jobs around in a day. It's part of my hobby, not a business.

    I'm located in Muskegon, MI, which is directly across Lake Michigan from Milwaukee - 180 miles from Chicago or Detroit. PM me.

  4. Kail
    Joined: Jul 7, 2007
    Posts: 828

    from Austin, TX

    As Anderson said, Austin Speed Shop is now punching louvers.

    We have multiple profiles for our punch, as well as a pullmax die to do louvers at any length you want.
  5. myold88
    Joined: Oct 25, 2010
    Posts: 71

    from ct

    I remember "Louvers By Vic" on Long Island back in the late 50's. Did my friends custom '52 Chev B/A hardtop. Nice to know there's still guys around doing them.
  6. Thanks!
    Now I like the old style.
  7. Strangerodz Tacoma wash.They look old school,can find them on Seattle Craigslist. OLD SKOOL 3" ROUND LOUVERS BY LOUVER TECHNOLOGY....

    20ga. Mild steel most body panels. and Aluminum up to 18ga.

    They are 2 dollars a hole on bare metal and any cuting grinding welding or paint stripping is extra.

    Just give us a call at 253-756-2127 and see some samples at STRANGERODZ.COM..
  8. marioD
    Joined: Nov 20, 2005
    Posts: 231


    I'm in Germany -

    Do 2 - 5 inch stamped Louvers

    Trumpf (like Pullmax) Louvers

    and i have a Cut'n Roll Machine
  9. I have had good luck with Hopperstadt Customs in Belvidere, Illinois ( home of the Scrap Drive car show ), and also with Brian at Miss-B-Havin Speed Shop here in Portland. Zapato here on the HAMB also does good work for you guys in Brush Prairie, Washington.
  10. bottle
    Joined: Aug 26, 2003
    Posts: 63


    Hopperstad Customs
    In Belvidere Ill, does LOUVERS 2 inch , 3 inch , 4 inch, 5 inch , 6 inch and 6 1/2 inch
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  11. madman customs
    Joined: Feb 24, 2009
    Posts: 26

    madman customs
    from odanak

    in Canada quebec its madman customs at 1 450 880 2504
  12. Eric Vaughn in Monrovia is still doing louvers. His dies are a direct copy of 1950's Kurtis Kraft tooling. 626-358 6413
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  13. roadking60
    Joined: Mar 15, 2014
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  14. little howard
    Joined: Mar 13, 2005
    Posts: 84

    little howard
    from kcmo

    Louvers by Little Howard
    Kansas City, Mo.
    3in.,old style
    Been punching louvers since 1975,
  15. HomemadeHardtop57
    Joined: Nov 15, 2007
    Posts: 4,244


    I do them in the Eastern Pa area. Not far from MD and NJ. Check my profile for a gallery






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  16. Mt Dad bought a press around 58, a year aft I was born, and carried it with him until he died in 05' It was big and heavy. He could lift it by hisself in and out of his 36 Chevy truck. His 6'-4" ex-wrestler built muscles helped. I think operating the hand pump on the press gave him those huge arms. He would take to Gulf freeway drags, Porter, and other places around Houston and through out the US punching louvers and striping. He had the only 1964 Caddy Sedan DeVille in 1968 that was louvered with a lime mint green top that I knew of back then.

    I used it for a while when I had my shop but punching louvers with a hand pump is tough and very time consuming. My bro got the press after Dad passed away.

    I use Tommy in San Antonio to do mine and send others to him when he can get around to it. He has 6 diff sizes of dies. Spoke with a rodder a few weeks ago in Seguin who just moved here from Houston doing louvers but he's expensive.
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  17. 49meteor
    Joined: Sep 4, 2008
    Posts: 132


    I have been punching louvers for over 20 years in Kelowna British Columbia Canada 2,3, and 4" see my site
  18. TERPU
    Joined: Jan 2, 2004
    Posts: 2,302


    Thank you for this thread, it's cool to see how many of us do this.

    Tim's Speed Shop/The Louver Shop
    Santa Cruz Ca

    "We Let the Bad Air Out"

    3" early style round Louvers.


    Model courtesy of Claytons Hot Rods and Lars Mapstead

    Serving the United States, ship me your steel and I'll punch the pattern you want.
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2014
  19. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,906

    need louvers ?

    Funny enough mine are fairly close copies of his...
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  20. Alex D.
    Joined: Jun 9, 2009
    Posts: 321

    Alex D.
    from Hydes, MD.

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  21. staleg
    Joined: Jan 8, 2004
    Posts: 249


  22. HRBOB34
    Joined: Oct 1, 2009
    Posts: 371


    Louvers Unlimited
    Pete Schmid

    He has done several projects for my friends,and does great work.
    He also does al the Rollin Bones stuff!
  23. not dead yet
    Joined: Apr 1, 2011
    Posts: 60

    not dead yet

    We are located 30 miles west of Fort Dodge Iowa and do 3 inch flat top lovers in our rod and restoration shop. Louvers are cool.
  24. Johnny99
    Joined: Nov 5, 2006
    Posts: 932


    Me too!:D Built my press about 25 years ago. Long enough ago that most of the pics of my work are in print, ouch. 3" & 4" 2 bucks a hole. About 20 miles North of Everett WA. My 3" dies make a nice traditional louver. JKH on here built my 4" dies, beautiful machine work. Have a nice weekend my brothers of the louver!


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  25. Anderson
    Joined: Jan 27, 2003
    Posts: 6,820


    Punched today at Austin Speed Shop

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  26. allstarderrick
    Joined: Jul 23, 2007
    Posts: 603


    I do them. Round or square ends. Waterford Connecticut. ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1398177194.836718.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1398177241.226828.jpg

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  27. 117harv
    Joined: Nov 12, 2009
    Posts: 6,590


    Back up for more louver punchers, contact info, state and maybe some pics of their work.
  28. T-DeWitt
    Joined: Aug 16, 2012
    Posts: 293


    My cousin David does 3" louvers in Muskegon Mi

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  29. TomWar
    Joined: Jun 11, 2006
    Posts: 727


    Custom Paint & Body by Dale Warrington
    Fort Pierce Florida, 772-971-9255
  30. King Karl
    Joined: Sep 27, 2007
    Posts: 384

    King Karl
    from N.C.

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