Louver where are you?

Q. I have been a big fan and reader of STREET RODDER mag since the late 1970s/early 1980s.

I have a 1947 Chevy coupe I bought in 1972 in Rapid City, South Dakota. It's on a final overhaul as we intend to keep the car as our retirement ride.

The car's life with me is a story in itself. That being said, my question is this: a long time ago (approximately 1980) I traded my really straight 1947 Chevy coupe hood for one off of a 1946 Chevy convertible that the guy wanted cause he was going to restore his car and I was hot-rodding mine. His hood had an unusual arrangement of four rows of 5-inch louvers. I thought this was different as most louvers are 3-inch and also the arrangement was one I had never seen before. I have been always curious as to who might have done the work on my hood, as well as how long ago and seeing your article "The Art of Louvers" in the Oct. 2012 issue spooled my interest enough to write to you. Attached are some pictures of the hood as it is now at this point of the rebuild.

If you can shed any light on this mystery for me I would appreciate it. Thanks to you guys for being there for us car guys.

B. Kroth
Via the Internet

A. Five-inch louvers are unusual today, larger dies seemed to be more common in the 1940s and 1950s and do show up on cars built in that time period. Years ago we did run across a guy who made steel enclosures for phone and electrical equipment in the San Francisco bay area. He punched 5-, 6-, and 7-inch louvers in the doors of these boxes, so you can guess what size louvers his hot rod was full of.

As for who punched the louvers in your hood, we don't have a clue (this is usually where Brennan would say we never have a clue). We're running two of your photos in hopes that someone may recognize the work.

"We're running two of your photos in hopes that someone may recognize the work."

Choking a 97

Q. I've got a Flathead-powered 1949 Ford. I decided to install a trio of Stromberg 97s in place of the Holley 94, but I didn't think about hooking up the choke until after they were installed. The 97s have a ball on the choke lever instead of a cable connection. Is there an easy fix to hook up my stock choke cable?

Charles Walker
Via the Internet

A. Thanks to the guys at the Stromberg Carburetor Company, new carbs and every part you may ever need for them or an original survivor are available; check out stromberg-97.com for ordering information and local dealers. The part you're after is 9552K-C A, which is a replica of the 97 kicker assembly for cable choke used on 1949-53 Fords. Made from stainless steel, the kit includes a bracket that holds the cable.