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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-06-2017, 02:13 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Hood Louver Installation

I was asked to put a simple thread together on the installation of my hood louvers. I live in the desert and I was wanting to make sure my under-hood temperatures stayed down to increase the life of everything that has to live under the hood. Hood louver installation is pretty simple and straightforward. I purchased my louvers from "RunCool Hood Louvers {http://hoodlouvers.com/}". RunCool Louvers are very nice looking and very rigid. They came with good instructions and the rivets for completing the installation. You need a rivet popper, hole saw, grinder and a rattle can of primer paint to complete the job.
  1. Remove hood and clean off any dirt to allow the tape to stick.
  2. Lay the louvers in the position where you want them and blue tape the hood around the outside of the louvers.
  3. Remove the louvers off the hood and then put second layer of tape with the inside edge about 5/8" to 3/4" inside the louver pattern already taped. This is to give enough louver to hood overlap to have a good solid surface area to rivet to.
  4. Using the hole saw cut 8 holes for the corners (this will keep from making a weak spot in the metal hood which will happen if you grind to a sharp pointy corner).
  5. After cutting the corners then use a grinder and cut the rest of the hood portions out following the tape line and taking care not to cut the reinforcement cross-braces. You still want a strong hood.
  6. Turn the hood over and put holes into the cross-braces to allow better air flow.
  7. Buff off all sharp edges of the freshly cut metal and primer the bare metal to keep from rusting.
  8. Turn the hood back over and starting on the corner, drill a hole for the first rivet and set that rivet. This is the last time you can correct for straightness of this side louver. Then, complete the louver install. NOTE: Do not drill all rivet holes at one time. Do a few at a time and put the rivets in so you will have good hole alignment and try to work from one end to the other.
  9. Reinstall hood, stand back and admire how cool they look.

By allowing the temps to escape from under the hood it will greatly reduce engine temperature and the damage done by temps that will reach over 200 degrees F when driving in Tucson, AZ during the summer when the outside temp is over 105 degrees F...

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-06-2017, 05:23 AM
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These look good and they have to work. Been looking at doing this to my 78, thanks for posting link to that store.

What size do you have there?

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I won't be doing this (Illinois lol), but how bout rain with these Louvers? They don't seem crazy compatible.

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What size louvers did you get?
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