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Offline rattlesnake

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Hood struts for 70 cuda
« on: August 03, 2017 - 12:04:30 am »
Hey everyone, I installed a fiberglass hood on my 70. I was told by the body shop that stock steel springs would be too strong for the fiberglass hood, so I left them off. Now I need a way to hold my hood open while working or at the shows. Is there somebody that sells a small strut that can be installed on a stock hinge?

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Offline burdar

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Re: Hood struts for 70 cuda
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2017 - 07:32:15 am »
I've seen where people use a piece of metal rod with a hook in each end. They install the piece in place of the hood spring. Obviously, it's not as nice as a strut since you have to install/remove it all the time. It's just an idea if you can't find a strut.

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Re: Hood struts for 70 cuda
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2017 - 09:52:05 am »
I Would use the same springs  as the T/A or AAR .  or have some re done  just my  :2cents:
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Offline drewcrane

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Re: Hood struts for 70 cuda
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2017 - 10:04:17 am »
Yes we have a AAR hood,I went to the salvage yard found the single hood props  off of other cars modified just a bit,it low lives along the top of the radiator support I don't even think I drilled a hole one was already there , works just fine  :2thumbs:

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Re: Hood struts for 70 cuda
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2017 - 10:06:45 am »
I Googled "AAR hood spring" and some pictures popped up.  You can see how the piece of rod works to keep the hood open.  The link will show a billet hinge with a strut on it.  The picture is from ProTouring.com.  I don't know who sells them.


http://www.pro-touring.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=49475&stc=1&d=1316802677
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Re: Hood struts for 70 cuda
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2017 - 12:23:15 pm »
I Googled "AAR hood spring" and some pictures popped up.  You can see how the piece of rod works to keep the hood open.  The link will show a billet hinge with a strut on it.  The picture is from ProTouring.com.  I don't know who sells them.


http://www.pro-touring.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=49475&stc=1&d=1316802677


That picture is my car. I tried two different manufacturers of T/A hood springs and none of them worked. Either it wouldn't hold the hood up or it bowed the hood.  I now use just the stainless 3/8" rod with two bends, easy and cheap! 
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Offline Racer57

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Re: Hood struts for 70 cuda
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2017 - 05:20:15 pm »
Go to Ace, Home Depot, etc and buy a rod. Paint it your body color and most people will never notice it.

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Re: Hood struts for 70 cuda
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2017 - 07:59:48 pm »
This is the TA spring. It is longer and narrower then the metal hood springs.

I went to ACE hardware and bought a set of turn buckles.

See pic they work great.....with the end screws you can adjust the hood opening.
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Re: Hood struts for 70 cuda
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2017 - 10:20:41 pm »
Do you wonder where the person goes after posting a question?

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