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View Poll Results: Should a car at a show be displayed with the hood open?
Definitely hood open - let's see that powerplant! 23 63.89%
Hood partially open - To show that it's nice too. 6 16.67%
Definitely hood down. 7 19.44%
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Old 06-20-2007, 03:13 PM
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Poll: Showing cars - Hood up or hood down?

I have always opened the hood of my cars, but something (my girlfriend of all things) has recently changed my mind.

Her point was this: Cars exist 90% of the time with their hoods closed. The engineers designed the body of the car to look a certain way and the hood is part of that. So why would you put the hood up when the express purpose for the event is for people to look at the car? It's a good point and I think I am converted.

"If the hood is up, it looks like it's broken down."

Most non-rodders who attend shows don't really know what they are looking at under the hood anyway.

So, Hood up? Hood down? Hood partially open?

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Old 06-20-2007, 03:26 PM
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Some shows won't judge a car with the hood closed. I guess it depends on the show.

At the F-100 supernats last year (2006) there were a few ford trucks with chevy drivetrains and they didn't raise their hoods at all. I wonder why?


Now...the 56 F-100 with the viper V10 and 6 speed had his hood open all the time.
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Hoods up or closed at shows

If my hood's up, I'm workin' on it!!
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Old 06-20-2007, 04:03 PM
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I dont have a hood
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Old 06-20-2007, 04:08 PM
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The engine is just as much a part of the car as the sheetmetal. If you've got an engine you're proud of wouldn't you want to show it off? Sometimes having the hood up shows that "beauty is more than skin deep". Know what I mean? I chose "hood partially open", that way you have the best of both worlds.
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Old 06-20-2007, 04:54 PM
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Tough one. It's nice to show off your labors under the hood BUT having the hood up does detract from the overall look of the car. And in some cases it's more fun to keep 'em guessing. Guess it depends on what you have to show.............
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Old 06-20-2007, 05:16 PM
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I have never been much interested in judging or awards. My engine is just as nice as both the exterior and interior and most people assume that. I love the ride height and stance of my car and the open hood detracts too much from it. If people want to see the engine they usually will ask. I say closed hood.
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Old 06-20-2007, 05:47 PM
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I voted hood open. I like to see if the detail (or lack of) is carried out into the engine compartment. A lot of people put good time and money into a power plant, so I would expect to see that. Show it off! Show it ALL off!
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If you built your car for exterior beauty, hood down, as you probably spent a lot of time getting those body lines perfect, show it off for sure. Especially if it's a custom built rod.

Average resto job of a muscle car or a car that wasn't originally equipment with the engine you just spent 5-20(or more) thousand dollars on, pop the hood.
And if your a hemi owner, everybody wants to see them spark plugs in the valve covers!
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Mine is not even close to a show truck (very rough), but I will probably park it with the hood open when I am around any shows. Why? It is the stock 51 year old 272 Y-block V8. Not many of them left that are original in these old trucks.

Most younger people have no clue what the engine is.
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Old 06-20-2007, 06:42 PM
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If it is a stock appearing car, show me the engine. If it's a one off design, customized to look swoopy, leave it closed. I always like to see the engine but some of the designs would be ruined with the hood open. I know what a stock appearing car looks like with the hood closed. One exception for me is lead sleds, I always like the hood closed, for some reason I don't care about the engine in these cars. Dan
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As a photographer, I prefer the hood down and trunk and doors closed.
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hood closed. To me a bunch of vehicles with the hoods open looks like cocrodile feeding time as the zoo
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Ok, if it is a motor like 90% of the cars at the show have, leave it closed no matter what. I mean, how many cars can you walk up to and see that SAME SBC with a few dress up goodies. It almost looks like there is a team of engine swappers ahead of you pulling the same motor out of the last car you looked at and putting it in the next one!

If you have done something TRUELY interesting under the hood (be it the SBC with special intake or some other motor) leave it open. But if it is "just another motor" leave it closed to show off the lines of the car.

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Old 06-21-2007, 02:46 PM
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I voted for Hood Up.

I had a Mustang that was fairly late model and for some reason I was classed with some earlier ones - right or wrong - but I won the first place trophy. My car has very low miles and was immaculate in and out. The guy next to me had a very nice '69 - that is until you looked under the hood. It would have been better had he done the 'hand grenade method' of cleanup. He b****ed to everyone in sight including me that because my car was a newer (Fox body) version, that I shouldn't have been even in the running. He was probably right but since this guy and I had had 'words' elsewhere, my sympathies weren't too strong.

Long story, sorry.

I don't particularly like seeing a car with a hood up, but the fact that prep for a cruise in, rod run or show needs to be complete and the only way to "brag on" your skills is to show as much as possible, including the hood and trunk. I'm proud of the way my past showable cars looked and since I'm human (some may question that statement ) I do want people to see my handiwork. With my current project I have removeable hood sides instead so I don't need to have a hood up (or roadster doors open).

To each his own

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