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Hot Rods With a Hood or without?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Oct 4, 2018.

  1. I prefer a hood

    61 vote(s)
  2. No hood for me

    35 vote(s)
  3. I just run a hood top

    45 vote(s)
  1. Z06-LITE
    Joined: Nov 13, 2010
    Posts: 154


    No hood on my T, but I like full hoods on most everything else. IMG_0359.jpg
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  2. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 3,316

    from Oregon

    My 27 T tudor has a sexy six Ford in it :D with an Office intake so it's hard to keep everything under wraps. With a 4 barrel or double twos.
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  3. Thanks Danny. But I am not going to leave it this way. I intend to put some finned aluminum valve covers on it and re-route the wires so it looks neater, if I can ever get around to it.
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  4. Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't.:p Depends on the car. I have a hood for my Roadster all painted and ready to go. I put it on once and did not like as much.
    RoadsterHoodOn 022.JPG IMG_3687.JPG
    The Coupe on the other hand I think looks right with the hood on!
    If the fenders were on the roadster it would then need a hood! IMO
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  5. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,047

    from So Cal

    I agree with the hood top only on this one, that's gorgeous!
  6. 2002p51
    Joined: Oct 27, 2004
    Posts: 1,354



    I prefer mine with the hood on. I will take it off at shows and stuff if somebody wants to see the flathead but I really don't like it that way. Back in 2007 we were lucky enough to be one of the cars on the event shirt for the Goodguys show in Atlanta. Which meant that the car was also on all of the show's art work, tickets, dash plaque, etc. The good news is; it's pretty cool to be on an event shirt like that. The bad news is; the artwork was based on a photo they got at an earlier show while the hood was off.


    I hate the way the car looks like that! :)
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  7. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 17,939

    from Michigan

    I also love that flag!!!!!.... ;):)
  8. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 3,164

    Gearhead Graphics
    from Denver Co

    My f100 has been hoodless on a few occasions. Motor swap, broken hinge, louvering. Its always hard to get myself to put it back on. Looks so hooligan(y) with it off, but more civilized with it on.
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  9. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 9,822

    Atwater Mike

    1956, my bud Kent Onlen and his Dad installed a...What??? ''55 Chevy V8??? in his sedate green '40 Standard Coupe!
    Kent had done up the engine compartment nicely, made that 'unusual' Chevy in its fresh Chevrolet orange and Corvette valve covers show up nicely, left the hood off for the first 2 years. Hell, it was the only Ford with Chevy V8 in town!
    Then came Ron Heimerman with his '50 Ford convert...said that Chevy dropped in there with more room than the flathead took!
    Now? Doubt if you could PAY them to run hood-off with a SBC.
  10. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 862

    jim snow

    Imho, it depends on the style. Some off and some just the hood top. Snowman
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  11. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 5,703

    Bandit Billy

    Amen and Amen!
  12. AVater
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,087

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    I have a hood top but run without it if I can help it.

    colchester 5_17.jpg
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  13. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 5,119


    [​IMG]Some cars look pretty good without!
  14. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 5,525

    low budget
    from Central Ky

    Little later stuff but Use to be the thing after you changed an engine to run around a few days with no hood and loud exhaust, hood hinges standing tall and proud:D...Saw some "Good ole boys" just today doing just that in a off topic camaro.
    You dont see that much anymore like you did 30 or 40 years ago, also finding a good body to put your "motor" in was actually a thing you heard more of back then:D
  15. waxhead
    Joined: May 11, 2013
    Posts: 1,078

    from West Oz

    With hood

    No hood.jpg
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  16. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 10,291

    from Raytown Mo

    I feel on an early car it can change the vibe almost as much as a different set of wheels and tires or caps.

    For our model A project I’m trying to make it look good with a full stock hood and with out.

    But I’m also making a full hood punched full of louvers that will let me run it full, just the top or just the sides. It’s kind of an aquired taste to run just the sides but I dig it.
  17. gene-koning
    Joined: Oct 28, 2016
    Posts: 1,484


    The hood less thing will depend on the car, and the theme in which the car was built. A hood less car tends to look more aggressive.
    It also depends on the motor and how it was built. A motor with anything protruding through the hood might look better without a hood, but a motor without something protruding through it might look better with just the hood top, and just the top gives a person a bit more calmness when driving in a rain storm.
    A stock looking and unmodified motor, or something less traditional, might be better with a full hood.
    The year of the car makes a difference as well, once you get past the mid 40s, the motor would need to be more radical to look right without a hood, in my opinion. Gene
  18. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 12,710

    from oregon

    Part of that is pure necessity considering you might need to take it off again because of......
    The other part just looks so cool........and if I have to explain it, you wouldn't get it.
  19. IMG_2158.JPG I am of the full hood group.
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  20. I always liked the flowing lines of the model 40s and I believe removing the hood interrupts those lines. I also think the 34 chevy hood sides promote the looks of a long nose with their horizontal louvers.
    If I had a model A it'd probably be hood less. 34Rside12_21_15.jpg 34rockys.jpg
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  21. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 5,867

    from Michigan

    Add my $.02
    With even just the hood top on, there's "continuity of line" and it visually marries the body and the grill.
    Without any hood, the grill, engine and body become three separate components.
    It's all good... as they say.

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  22. 46Chief
    Joined: Jan 2, 2008
    Posts: 157


    01BD8596-47DB-4A54-A50F-17ACE78ECED1.jpeg 519DA514-6652-4653-943E-3A61ACD8DC1E.jpeg Trying to decide as well...
  23. HeadHunter39
    Joined: Mar 16, 2018
    Posts: 3


    I've been very seriously contemplating going hoodless again for a while. Through my 39's history before I acquired it, it was often seen without it's hood at shows. Now in my hands and a whole lot more polished pieces I think that it'd show really well without it. Although I have to admit that I love looking out at that bitchin' louvered hood while driving it! Just a few bolts and half an hour will change it back and forth with ease so it's no big deal, I really love both on most cars! IMG_20181004_222255.jpeg IMG_20180804_180518.jpeg IMG_20181004_221941.jpeg

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  24. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 5,703

    Bandit Billy

  25. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 5,703

    Bandit Billy

    Nope, it needs the hood. Cool motor, but the lines are ruined without it. IMO.
  26. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 25,905


    Some cars like Billy Bandit's just flat look more complete with at least the hood top on them while 292's with that Hemi out in mid air rocks as it just looks like it should be that way.
    As he and others said, it all depends on the individual car.
  27. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 26,243


    Your car and you are free to do what you like, but the cars that look best to me HAVE FILL HOODS. I also like to see them CLOSED. Nothing looks dumber to me than a row of Post 1949 cars at a show with the hoods up, looks like feeding time at the alligator pit in the zoo. Bob
  28. OzyRodder
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
    Posts: 277


    I change every few days as the mood takes me. With full hood, without sides, without top, with/without fenders.
  29. tinsled
    Joined: Sep 7, 2007
    Posts: 611


    U2 has made a song pondering this very dilemma;
    "With or without hood/
    with or without hood?/
    I can't live/
    with or without hood."
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  30. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 5,119


    Here's an example of WTF.
    Electric fan front & center, lack of hood deletes the character of the '57 Chevy. Tri fives need hoods.

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