No hood is pretty self explanitory but here is a picture anyway to illustrate. This happens to be a 1948 chain steer that I used to own. The no hoods were primarily in the 40's with the chain steers and into the early 50's. I do not know exactly when they started offering a hood.
Then we nove on to the round hoods starting some time in the 50's up through the mid 60's. This happens to be a 1960 version that I snapped a picture of at a fair. The hoods on these tractors bolted on and would not tilt which is why it has cut outs at the gas tank and such.
Starting around 1965 was what is now known as the short hood. I started calling it "unstyled" but it never caught on. These hoods hinged at the dash and opened in the fashion of a car hood. I don't know who owns this tractor but this is a 1970.
And finally the last version of the metal bodied tractor is what's called the long hood (or styled which, again, never caught on). These were rolled out in the early 70's (around 73 but it gets cloudy because of using up old stock). This is my 1983 2414. The long hoods hinge at the front of the tractor (grill) and latch back at the dash.
So, there you have it for anyone who cares. After these tractors is when the fiberglass tractors were made. These are commonly known as plastic Power Kings or Plastic Kings and what have you. That gets a tad insulting to those who own them at times so be careful with your terminology.
Hope you found this useful.
Edited by David Brown, November 29, 2012 - 09:36 AM.