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HealeyRick
Rick Neville

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12/19/2007 05:01PM

Main British Car:
1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Ford 5.0L

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Every Hot Rod Needs Some Louvers!
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: April 26, 2017 07:50PM

Just had some louvers punched on a spare hood for my Healey. Looks like I'm going to be doing a lot of priming and sanding before it's ready for paint.
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j222/healeyrick/IMG_0510_zpsk0wlndyw.jpg


BWA


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Re: Every Hot Rod Needs Some Louvers!
Posted by: BWA
Date: April 26, 2017 10:29PM

Looks real good Rick.
Should help in letting a lot of hot air out of the engine compartment.
Where did you get it?
Did it cost a small fortune?

Cheers
Byron


HealeyRick
Rick Neville

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1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Ford 5.0L

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Re: Every Hot Rod Needs Some Louvers!
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: April 27, 2017 07:58AM

Thanks, Byron. The hood is a spare Healey hood that before louvering needed the underhood braces removed. The louvers themselves were punched by a local guy that's been doing hot rods in New England for many years and only cost $200 (although he said the layout was a big enough pain it would be about $300 for the next person that wanted one)


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Re: Every Hot Rod Needs Some Louvers!
Posted by: BWA
Date: April 27, 2017 03:44PM

He did a real good job of it.
It must be a challenge to punch those louvers without distorting the hood being that the hood is a compound curve.

Cheers
Byron


HealeyRick
Rick Neville

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Main British Car:
1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Ford 5.0L

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Re: Every Hot Rod Needs Some Louvers!
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: April 27, 2017 06:58PM

Yep, he really knows his stuff. On most of the louvered hoods I have seen on 3000s, the louvers are usually just punched on the flat part of the hood. It didn't look right to me and I wanted to extend the louvers as far as possible along the hood scoop line. He did a great job carrying out my ideas.


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