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Offline 69CHARGERMD

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Light weight hood springs ??
« on: July 14, 2014 - 08:43:03 pm »
Anyone know where I can find some lightweight hood springs for my TA fiberglass hood ??

Any vendors or sources that have these ??

Thanks for any help.

Doug.  :cheers:
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Offline publicbottle

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Re: Light weight hood springs ??
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2014 - 10:03:22 pm »
i got mine from resto rick.....however just finished putting on my t/a hood from stinger firberglass (aar fibreglass) hood still bowed within a day or two, took the springs off completely and using a hood prop rod now.

Offline 69CHARGERMD

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Re: Light weight hood springs ??
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2014 - 10:33:16 pm »
Thanks Public,,,,I also have a new AAR hood,,nice piece,,,,
I saw a lot of TAs and AAR at Carlise and took note of their springs
I might try VFN for some springs if they have them
Too bad AAR doesn't have them.

Thanks
Doug  :2thumbs:
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Offline brads70

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Re: Light weight hood springs ??
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2014 - 12:00:12 am »
i got mine from resto rick.....however just finished putting on my t/a hood from stinger firberglass (aar fibreglass) hood still bowed within a day or two, took the springs off completely and using a hood prop rod now.


  :iagree:  don't waste your money, mine bowed too!  I bent up a simple prop rod that goes in the existing holes in the hinge .
 

There are more than one manufacturer of the springs for the T/A hood. I tried them both, none of them worked, they didn't hold up the hood very well and bowed the hood
Brad
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Re: Light weight hood springs ??
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2014 - 10:11:17 am »
Based on a tip I read about on here, I used trampoline springs (10" long) that I bought on eBay for 5 bucks.  I would either try that or the prop rod first.

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Offline 69CHARGERMD

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Re: Light weight hood springs ??
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2014 - 06:51:11 am »
Thanks Travis !
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Re: Light weight hood springs ??
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2014 - 12:13:07 am »
I use turn buckles

ACE hardware sells different sizes.

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Offline 69CHARGERMD

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Re: Light weight hood springs ??
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2014 - 06:20:23 am »
Just some follow up.....
I ended up getting the light weight hood springs from Year One ( for the Challenger TA hood )
They worked out great with the TA hood I am using from AAR Fiberglass......no bowing issues,,,,FYI
Doug :woohoo:
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Offline dfrazz

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Re: Light weight hood springs ??
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2014 - 11:49:19 am »
Anyone using a spring in the front to help pop open the hood a little?  I know you are supposed to lift the hood from the base corner under the scoop, but seems like a lot of stress until I can get my hand under the front to help lift the hood.

Offline javakm70cuda

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Re: Light weight hood springs ??
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2017 - 02:47:48 pm »
I used a springs from a metal futon bed with my AAR VFN fiberglass hood. Works perfect and they have been on there 7 years now. Holds hood right up. Original brackets and 2 springs on each side taken from one futon bed. the all metal kind college students usually use.

Cheap and easy