In our previous installment (Nov. 2013 to be exact) we illustrated the process by which to hand-construct a custom hood from aluminum sheet at Fabian Valdez's Vintage Hammer Garage. As promised, albeit an issue later than anticipated, here's the follow-up exercise: adorning said bonnet with period-style louvers.
Now, while the last procedure is by all means something your average hot rodder could/should perform with even the simplest of hand tools and moderate skill set, this unfortunately does not fall under that category...well, not exactly. First off, the art of louver punching is pretty much just that—an art, something requiring skillful hands and a trained eye. Secondly, the practice requires the proper tooling. Sure, hobbyist louver presses are available, and work well within their limitations. However, for a true vintage louver, the right press equipped with the right dies is important.
Fortunately, Valdez possesses all of the above requirements, and as such, will demonstrate putting his acquired know-how to work for the following how-to, despite it being more of a "see how it's done" exercise than anything else!