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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 14th, 19, 3:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hood Springs for a hood with mirrors

I'm new to the forum and need info on a 68 Chevelle I just purchased. The owner before me put mirrors into the hood so folks can see the engine better. Problem is, it makes the hood to heavy for standard springs. I'm not sure if the springs are too old or are not strong enough. Before I invest in a new pair of chrome springs, just wanted to find out if anyone has had the same issue and how you solved it. The stick under the hood trick is not doing it for me. Thanks in advanced.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 14th, 19, 4:48 PM
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Re: Hood Springs for a hood with mirrors

Stiffer springs runs the risk of buckling the hood. If I had to have mirrors attached to the hood,
I think I would install hydraulics.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 14th, 19, 5:40 PM
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Re: Hood Springs for a hood with mirrors

I bought brand new GM Hood Springs not repros for my car that were supposed to be for a cowl hood. They seemed worse than what was in there. Sometimes the hood stays up and sometimes it dosen't just like the originals did. I bought one of those adjustable length hood prop rods but just didn't like the looks of it. What I did was I raised the hood as far up as it would go and on the passenger side hood hinge I found a spot where it overlapped 2 legs of the hinge. I drilled a 1/4" hole through both legs and use one of those straight pins that has a ring on it to grab to pull it out. Works good you just have to remember to pull the pin out before you close the hood.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 15th, 19, 12:30 AM
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Re: Hood Springs for a hood with mirrors

I used hood pins drilled through the hinge. I had a little different issue with a 4-inch cowl hood, it tended to not stay up with lighter springs. Very few people even noticed they were there when the hood was up.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 15th, 19, 1:00 PM
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Re: Hood Springs for a hood with mirrors

Hey DALE!
The drilled hood hinge............... I was at a cruise and it started to RAIN. A car had a pin in the hinge, So a " Nice Guy ", Walking by,,, was going to do someone a favor, A guy grabbed the hood (that had the hinge pin ), WOW that was a major " OH $h!t " moment for the Mr. " nice guy ".
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 16th, 19, 9:40 PM
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Re: Hood Springs for a hood with mirrors

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Hey DALE!
The drilled hood hinge............... I was at a cruise and it started to RAIN. A car had a pin in the hinge, So a " Nice Guy ", Walking by,,, was going to do someone a favor, A guy grabbed the hood (that had the hinge pin ), WOW that was a major " OH $h!t " moment for the Mr. " nice guy ".
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Oooooooooo, Understand his intentions, but you still don't touch someone else's car, perfect reason why. Just proper car show/cruise etiquette. Poor guy.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 16th, 19, 10:21 PM
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Re: Hood Springs for a hood with mirrors

Dale, I have something similat to you but with some billet hinges. The hood shocks on these aftermarket hinges are too weak and barely hold the hood up so I had my friend drill a hole on one of the hinges so I can put in a stainless steel "safety pin" just to make sure the hood won't fall down on anyone's hands at a show…
The first pic shows the hole which my friend drilled…and the second pic shows the safety pin inserted in the hole.

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