We want to show how the custom hood was created to open by pulling forward instead of the original butterfly design. This was done at the request of the customer and since the engine will be all new and custom it’s more practical for access.
Classic Truck Restoration: Original Chevy truck hood
Butterfly style hood from original truck. Patterns are taken from this hood, so that it will have the exact same shape when closed.
Classic Chevy Restoration – 1938 Chevrolet Pepsi Truck: Custom Jig for Hood
Custom jig created to fabricate the hood support and custom opening mechanism. Cardboard pattern for the front nose.
Custom support fit checked with the cab and grill. You can get an idea of how the hood will look opened here.
A view of the hinges that will move the hood.
Custom Fabrication – 1938 Chevrolet Pepsi Truck: Custom Aluminum Hood Nose
Aluminum hood nose shaped from a flat sheet.
Marking out the pattern for the main body of the hood.
Rolling the form into the hood blank.
Clecos holding the main hood piece into position with the nose section.
More clecos in place, to get ready for welding the sections.
AC TIG welding of the two sections is now complete.
To complete this section, metal finishing of the weld.