Have someone hold the hood up, pry off one end of the old spring and then install the new one. I found that a brake spring tool works well. Don't use a stick to prop the hood as it can come loose. Philip
You need a vise and one of those long hinged brake tools (kind of like a long pair of pliers) that is used to hook brake return springs and pull them over the anchor pin or hook.
Place the hood hinge in the vise just tight enough to secure it (you may want to protect it with a rag). To remove the spring, slip a large screw driver under the spring and pry it up over the hook.BE SURE TO STAND CLEAR! To install, hook one end of the spring to the hinge and use the brake tool on the other end of the spring and carefully stretch it over the hook on the hinge. I first tried this with a large screw driver and the spring slipped off every time as I almost got it hooked. The brake tool worked like a champ the first time. I did this with the hood and hinges off the car. I don't know how well, or if, it will work on the car. By doing it with a vise, it is much easier to stand clear of the spring in case it should slip off toward you. Dumb ole me didn't, but I woud highly recommend that you wear eye protection. A full face shield would be best.
I didn't have any problem, I kept a tight hold onto the old one so it wouldn't get away and the new ones popped on easy. I didn't notice a big difference in tension between the old and new but the new ones did hold the hood up. Also I was told that on the 70-72 the SS hoods have a stiffer spring.
I have also heard that CI hinges are stronger, but the parts book lists 1 spring for all. And, when I installed the CI hood on my wife's 70 Malibu conv, the springs for the stock flat hood work just fine holding up the CI hood. So-------------------------your guess is as good as mine.
DG hit the nail on the head! (ha, ha, ha). Here is a trick for getting them off and back on I have used for years. Close the hood about half way. Place nails in the gaps between the coils (about 10 should do it). Lift the hood back up and the springs will virtually fall off. Putting them back on is the reverse, or with new ones do as DG described.
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The easiest, most simple way to replace hood springs on the car is to 1.)open the hood. 2.)use a chain and hook on the front of the spring. 3.) stand in front of the car and simply pull. This will work every time and is a one man job. Your hood may want to come down with the spring off, so be careful. With the chain on the spring, it will not fly off and damage you or your car. Simply reverse the procedure to re-install. Hope this helps.
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