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PHOTO ABOVE IS THE WORK OF  Fergie Rodine AT

http://www.hotrodlouvers.com/index.htm

 

 "KOOL 50s LOUVERS" 

"INSTALLED RIGHT HERE"

 3" or 4" louvers now available 

The title of this page not only takes into consideration the nostalgic appeal of those 50s louvered hoods, hubcaps & deck lids. The machine I use to install them is an original louver punch press, built in the 1950s. It has been in service for over 50 years. I thinks that's really KOOL also.

Click on some of the pictures below to read a quick history on "Old Reliable"

NOTE !! - ALSO CHECK OUT MY UNIVERSAL PREPUNCHED PANELS "YOU INSTALL THEM"  JUST SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE

 

1950s press 1.jpg (139950 bytes)1950s press 2.jpg (71300 bytes) CLICK ON THE THUMBNAILED PICTURES TO GET A BETTER LOOK AT & READ A LITTLE HISTORY ON OLD RELIABLE 

I CAN ONLY DO 3" WIDE LOUVERS WITH THIS ONE

CLICK ON THESE THUMBNAILED PIX TO SEE MY MODERN LOUVER PRESS

THE HYDRAULIC RAM ASSEMBLY CAN BE PURCHASED FROM "MITTLERS BROS." (THEY HAVE A WEBSITE) AND YOU MUST THEN BUILD THE FRAME YOURSELF. IT'S A TOUGH JOB. THEY GIVE YOU PLANS TO BUILD IT BUT I USED MY OWN DESIGN WHICH IS MUCH MORE COMPACT AND HALF THE MATERIALS. THE TUBING THEY SUGGEST TO USE COST $1.00 PER "INCH" AND IF I REMEMBER RIGHT, IT TAKES 60 FEET OF THE STUFF

I CAN PUNCH EITHER 3" OR 4" LOUVERS WITH THIS ONE. THERE ARE DIES AVAILABLE FROM 1" THRU 5"

 

 

REMEMBER TO CLICK ON ANY OF THE TINY PICTURES TO GET A BETTER LOOK

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THE OLD STANDARD PART TO FIRST GET LOUVERED IS OF COURSE, YOUR HOOD. HERE ARE A FEW SAMPLES ABOVE TO TAKE A LOOK AT

MANY PHOTOS HERE ARE COMPLIMENTS OF Fergie Rodine AT

http://www.hotrodlouvers.com/index.htm

 

 

TAILGATE 4.jpg (54151 bytes)TAILGATE 5.JPG (258603 bytes)REAR DECK LID.jpg (31554 bytes)TAILGATE 1.jpg (56439 bytes)TAILGATE 2.jpg (51086 bytes)TAILGATE 3.jpg (15049 bytes) THE NEXT PART MAY BE THE REAR DECK LID OR SHOULD YOU HAVE A TRUCK, THE TAILGATE

 

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AND HOW ABOUT YOUR -  BELLYPAN, ASHTRAY, GLOVEBOX, SIDE COVER, FENDER SKIRTS, YOUR "LEGENDS" RACE CAR or ANY MISCELLANEOUS PANEL  

MANY PHOTOS HERE ARE COMPLIMENTS OF Fergie Rodine AT

http://www.hotrodlouvers.com/index.htm

 

 

I HAVE SOME NICE PICTURES OF A JOB I DID HERE. I CONTRADICTED SOME OF MY RULES AS SUCH ON THIS JOB WITH THE CUSTOMERS PERMISSION BUT THE END RESULT TURNED OUT NICE. YOU CAN READ THOSE RULES FARTHER DOWN THIS PAGE AND EACH PICTURE JUST BELOW EXPLAINS THE PROCESS AS IT PROGRESSED AND MENTIONS SOME OF THE RULES WE TOUCHED ON

(QUICK UPDATE HERE) - THE FOLLOWING LINK IS TO A FORUM THE OWNER IS REGISTERED WITH. TAKE A LOOK AT SOME "LOUVER" OPINIONS THERE. I ALSO ADDED A PICTURE AT THE RACES

http://forum.miata.net/vb/showthread.php?t=339730&highlight=teeth

CLICK ON THE PICTURES FROM LEFT TO RIGHT STARTING WITH THE TOP ROW FIRST TO KEEP THEM IN PROPER ORDER

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dimensions.jpg (58400 bytes)comparisan.jpg (61654 bytes) CLICK ON THE PICTURES TO THE RIGHT & LEFT TO SEE DETAILS ON LOUVER SIZES AND LOCATION.  BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE "RULES" & "THINGS TO REMEMBER" BELOW
my tailgate 1.jpg (127903 bytes)my tailgate 2.jpg (100548 bytes) CLICK ON THESE PICTURES FOR A TIP ON DECIDING YOUR LAYOUT FOR YOUR LOUVERS. THESE ARE PICTURES OF MY OWN PROJECT

 

 

 THE RULES 

In order to keep old reliable running for another 50 years we must follow some simple rules

(1) UNFORTUNATELY, NO STAINLESS STEEL. (RUINS DRILL BITS TO)

(2) 18 GAUGE MILD STEEL OR LESS. MOST BODY PANELS FIT THIS CATEGORY. ALUMINUM IS FINE, HOWEVER, THE CORNERS MAY TEAR ON THE LOUVER DUE TO METAL STRETCHING.

(3) SHEET METAL "MUST" BE FREE OF - PAINT, BODY FILLER, UNDERCOATING & SOUND DEADENING COATINGS.

(4) AREA TO BE PUNCHED SHOULD BE FREE OF DENTS OR WRINKLES. IT'S MUCH EASIER TO REPAIR THOSE PRIOR TO PUNCHING AND BESIDES, THEY MAY INTERFERE  WITH THE PROCESS.

 

 

 

THINGS TO REMEMBER

(1) CURVED PANELS ETC. MAY IN SOME CASE DICTATE THE LIMITS TO INSTALLING LOUVERS. TIGHT CURVES AND AREAS THAT ARE NOT ACCESSIBLE FROM BOTH SIDES FOR INSTANCE. COMMON SENSE SHOULD ANSWER THAT QUESTION.

brace cut.jpg (45336 bytes)(2) IF YOU HAVE UNDER HOOD BRACING, IT MAY BE IN THE WAY. YOU MUST REMOVE IT AND REINSTALL IT AFTER THE LOUVERS ARE INSTALLED. (See picture to the left)

(3) YOU MAY WANT TO FABRICATE SOME KIND OF AN UNDER HOOD TRAY  TO CATCH & REDIRECT RAIN WATER IF YOU ARE CONCERNED WITH THAT ISSUE

(4) MANY  LATE MODEL VEHICLES OR PANELS MADE OF 20 GAUGE OR THINNER SHEET METAL MAY SUFFER SOME DIE DAMAGE WHEN STAMPING. THESE LIGHTER GAUGES ARE SUBJECT TO STRETCHING AND MAY SHOW DIMPLES FROM THE OUTER EDGE PRESSURE OF THE DIE BODY. WHILE THESE MARKS ARE VISIBLE, THEY CAN BE FILLED AND DRESSED UP WITH A LIGHT COATING OF BODY FILLER. THE FULL PICTURE OF A LATE MODEL HOOD TO THE LEFT SHOWS THE OVERALL NICE APPEARANCE OF SUCH AN EXAMPLE WHILE THE CLOSE UP SHOWS THOSE TELLTALE DIE MARKS ON THE SAME HOOD

(5) THE INSIDE EDGES  OF THE LOUVER OPENING MAY NEED SOME DRESSING. THIS CAN BE DONE IN A JIFFY WITH A SMALL FILE OR HEAVY GRIT EMORY CLOTH

 

(6) THERE ARE LIMITS TO THE LENGTH OF THE WORK PIECE. THROAT DEPTH ON MY PRESS IS 40 INCHES.  EXAMPLE - IN THE CASE OF A HOOD, WITH THE LOUVER OPENINGS FACING TO THE REAR (TOWARD WINDSHIELD), MEASURE FROM THE REAR EDGE OF THE HOOD FORWARD. IF THE DISTANCE IS NO LONGER THAN 40" TO WHERE THE ROW OF LOUVERS WILL START ON THE FRONT OF THE HOOD, IT SHOULD WORK FINE. MOST VEHICLE WILL WORK JUST FINE.  SOME EXCEPTIONS ARE LARGE HOODS SUCH AS THOSE FOUND ON PETERBUILT & KENWORTH ETC. TRACTORS.

 

 

 

HOW MUCH DO THEY COST ?

TO CALCULATE A ROUGH COST ON YOUR NEEDS, FIGURE 10 LOUVERS PER FOOT

WITH TYPICAL JOB LAYOUT & STRAIGHT ROWS, THE COST IS $3.50 PER LOUVER

ALSO SEE "UNIVERSAL LOUVER PANELS" FURTHER DOWN PAGE

PLEASE READ THE EXCEPTIONS BELOW

DIAGONAL ROWS MAY BE EXTRA DUE TO ADDITIONAL LAYOUT TIME AND EXTRA CARE THAT MUST BE TAKEN WHEN PUNCHING. NO MORE THAN 25 CENTS PER LOUVER SHOULD COVER THAT COST. IN MOST CASE, NO EXTRA CHARGE SHOULD BE NEEDED.

LAYING OUT AND MAKING THE FIRST PUNCH IN EACH ROW IS THE TIME CONSUMING FACTOR.  IF YOU NEED 4 ROWS OF 12 LOUVERS EACH vs 12 ROWS OF 4 LOUVERS EACH, IT WILL TAKE 3 TIMES AS LONG TO DO THE 12 ROW LAYOUT AND STARTER PUNCH.

THE "TYPICAL" JOB AS MENTIONED ABOVE IS THE 4 ROWS-12 LOUVERS.  AGAIN, IN MOST CASES I WON'T CHARGE ANY EXTRA, HOWEVER, KEEP THIS IN MIND SHOULD IT ARISE.

 

 

 

UNIVERSAL LOUVERS PANELS

 3" or 4" louvers now available 

HERE'S A NICE OPTION ! - YOU CAN PURCHASE MY PREPUNCHED LOUVER PANELS. AS SEEN BELOW, YOU WILL EXPERIENCE A CONSIDERABLE SAVINGS OVER HAVING A HOOD OR PANEL CUSTOM PUNCHED NOT TO MENTION THE COST & HASSLE OF SHIPPING & HANDLING IF YOU ARE A CONSIDERABLE DISTANCE FROM MY SHOP

WHILE I STILL CAN DO SOME MINOR CUSTOM MODIFICATIONS FOR THE DISCOUNT COST ON THESE PANELS, REMEMBER,  THE SAVINGS IS REALIZED FROM THE FACT THAT I HAVE LITTLE SETUP AND ACTUAL PUNCHING TIME INVOLVED. FOR INSTANCE, I COULD PUT 2 OR 3 ROWS OF LOUVERS ON THE SAME PANEL FOR NO ADDITIONAL COST PER LOUVER

SPACING BETWEEN EACH LOUVER IS  ALWAYS THE SAME, SO QUANTITY OF LOUVERS AND THE LENGTH OF THE ROW IS RELATIVE . YOU MUST DECIDE EITHER HOW MANY LOUVERS YOU WANT IN A ROW  OR HOW LONG YOU WANT THE ROW OF LOUVERS TO BE. 

BELOW ARE SAMPLES OF BOTH "STRAIGHT" & "SLANTED" LOUVER PANELS. THE DESCRIPTION WITH THE PHOTOS WILL GIVE YOU DIMENSION DETAILS SO THAT YOU CAN CONFIGURE YOUR APPLICATION

THE PANEL CONSIST OF 18 GAUGE STEEL & COMES TO YOU IN A BARE METAL FINISH

WHILE YOU MAY WISH TO DO SOME DETAIL SANDING & FILING, THESE PANEL DO NOT SUFFER DIE EDGE DIMPLES AS THE LIGHTER GAUGE METALS DO, MENTIONED ABOVE UNDER THE "THINGS TO REMEMBER" COLUMN

I UNDERSTAND THIS MAY SEEM CONFUSING SO JUST EMAIL OR CALL ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS

tgoo426193@aol.com          (717) 514-4350

 

dimensions.jpg (58400 bytes)STRAIGHT LOUVERS - As pictured, the sample panel is 24" long x 7" wide. It contains 18 louvers. The actual dimension of each louver is shown on the picture to the far right. Use these dimensions when configuring your application

COST PER LOUVER - $2.50 EA. plus $12.00 flat rate shipping to any of the 48 continental states. This includes either 3" or 4" louvers

CLICK ON THE SMALL PICTURES FOR A BETTER LOOK

dimensions.jpg (58400 bytes)SLANTED LOUVERS - As pictured, the sample panel is 24" long x 7" wide. It contains 17 louvers. They tilt approx. 15 degrees. I will tilt them in opposite directions if you will be putting them in a left & right application. The actual dimension of each louver is shown on the picture to the far right. Use these dimensions when configuring your application

COST PER LOUVER - $2.50 EA. plus $12.00 flat rate shipping to any of the 48 continental states. This includes either 3" or 4" louvers