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hey guys, working on a 57 gmc. just wondering if anybody has anything on pancaking a hood. I'm not ready yet, just researching before I decide to do anything. my hood is the gmc with the hole in the front forr the logo. i want to keep the hole and pancakeit about 1 1/2 inches. do you think it will be a problem for the hole? any pics or links would be appreciated.

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Kabwe's aka Bam's build - The 1947 - Present Chevrolet & GMC Truck Message Board Network

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thats great, thanks. I will see what mine looks like when I get to that part. kabwe's got some pretty good fab skills I would say. hope mine are 1/2 as good.
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Boy I'm finding links and pictures from my build all over the web and no one ever says hello.lol
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hey kabwe

hey man, here is the hello you were looking for.
you sent me a couple of pics of your hood long time agao and it got me thinking i want to do that to my gmc hood. it has the hole in the front so it will be a challenge. I lost the pics you sent me so thanks for responding. how much did you cut out at he front? I checked out your build thread. awesome job. are you a welder or sheet metal guy? looks like you know your way around the cut, fit, weld & grind process. if only I was half as good.
my cab is in about the same shape as yours was before. i was going to use the gmc cab, which is in better shape, but it was in an accident at some point so the doors don't fit by a mile. I don't want to start with something that is bent and have to custom fit EVERYTHING, so I will have to use the other cab I have, a 58. i want to customize the dash as well because I want to fit the cluster from a newer style (01 up) in there to match the ls 4.8 engine I have. that way I get all the idiot lights etc without having to shell out big bucks for a dakota dash.
hey skip99, are you a firefighter? (I see the logo). I am with the calgary fire dept.
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hey man, here is the hello you were looking for.
you sent me a couple of pics of your hood long time agao and it got me thinking i want to do that to my gmc hood. it has the hole in the front so it will be a challenge. I lost the pics you sent me so thanks for responding. how much did you cut out at he front? I checked out your build thread. awesome job. are you a welder or sheet metal guy? looks like you know your way around the cut, fit, weld & grind process. if only I was half as good.
my cab is in about the same shape as yours was before. i was going to use the gmc cab, which is in better shape, but it was in an accident at some point so the doors don't fit by a mile. I don't want to start with something that is bent and have to custom fit EVERYTHING, so I will have to use the other cab I have, a 58. i want to customize the dash as well because I want to fit the cluster from a newer style (01 up) in there to match the ls 4.8 engine I have. that way I get all the idiot lights etc without having to shell out big bucks for a dakota dash.
hey skip99, are you a firefighter? (I see the logo). I am with the calgary fire dept.
dennis
Hey Dennis I hope you took this as a joke as it was intended. As far as me being a welder and sheetmetal guy I'm self taught but I grew up with carnuts as older brothers so I was always around it.

I took out 1 1/2 inches out the front of my hood because I did not want it extreme. Your hood is no more challenging than mine its just thinking things through before the first cut. If I were doing yours I would first draw a line down the center of the hood. This line has to be perfectly centered. I would then draw all my cut lines to pancake the hood. Then I would cut the GMC hole out leave around 1/2 inch for weld area and put it to the side. I would than pancake the hood and put the GMC hole back using that center line as a reference. I hope that makes sense. That way I could keep the original size of the GMC hole without chopping it. Its the same concept of choping a top and keep the size of the rear window. There are many ways to do this but thats how I would attack it.

You can have access to all my pics on my flicker page if you need them for reference. BAM1955's photosets on Flickr
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