There's no doubt in my mind that if we were to poll CCT readers as to what their favorite truck is, the '67-72 Chevy would edge its way near the top, if not the top of the list. It seems this poster child has climbed its way into the realm of the '32 Ford in the hot rod world (Editor's note: That's Cody's opinion, I still say the '56 Ford F-100 is king!) and the '69 Camaro in the muscle car crowd. Taking things a step further, if we were to break down and hold a separate poll between the '67-69 and '70-72 models, the early style front end would trump its stepbrother three fold. Reason being: folks like the early-style hood better.
As for my personal preference, I like both models. On one condition, I like the sleek streamlined appearance of the '67-69 hood. Yet I like the bulky, albeit, round, persona of the later-year break hood. So I guess one could really say I'd like a hybrid.
Being that Project Get Shorty is a '71 Chevy; the hood is exactly half of what I'm after! As for the rest, well a little time in the operating room can fix anything. Like I said before, I like the round, robust corners of the late-style hood, but at the same time it's just a little too tall and stonewalled looking (if that's even a proper term) for me. Therefore, the only fix for the situation is to pancake the hood.
For those out of the loop, pancaking is a technique with roots back to the early days of customizing. Pancaking is the act of removing a pie-cut sliver of metal from a hood to lower the body line and create a more even-flowing streamlined effect. Like so many customizing tricks of yesteryear, it's a small tweak that achieves large results. Being that Project Get Shorty is a revival of old-school customizing, it only seems natural to throw pancaking into the mix, no pun intended.
A few months back the '71 received a new handmade front end. When the time came to throw the hood atop the fenders, the full-bodied look of the '71 hood didn't do the new refined front end justice. To fix the problem we're going to pancake the hood 1 1/4 inches, lay the nose back, and pinch the corners. And well, when you add those cosmetic touches to the appearance of Shorty's hood, you get exactly what I'm after, a crossbreed between an early and late '67-72 C10 hood.
I began by making my mark with tape 1 inch below the hood skin. (When pancaking a hood you
After stepping back and looking at the markings, I shrunk my gap to 1 1/4 inches. I made s
Here you can see the vision in my head. Notice how the gap at the front of the hood is mor
The first cut is along the bottom of the top tape. By the way, I used a 4 1/2-inch cutoff
Next, I cut along the top of the bottom tape and removed the sliver of metal from the peri
The hood skin was then removed.