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TravisH
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Nov 17, 2016, 4:44 PM

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I was wondering about putting a pair of angle iron drilled and machined if required to strengthen the hood from bending in that area. JCwhitney use to carry them and knew people back in the day of course these braces would work Chevrolet and GMC p/u 1973 trough 1988. Has any of you have experiences with these brackets I can see advantages of course but draw backs as well.

Thanks;


Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 17, 2016, 10:20 PM

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TravisH: What problem are you having? I've personally known new thru worn out/sold Suburbans and trucks exactly, MYs 1973,74.75, 79? and 83. Grease the hinges - NONE EVER bent or rusted but the whole rest of them all did. Hinges too strong and latch/cables will bust if not lubed. That's owner's fault not the trucks.


Whatever you do to make it stronger if hinges not lubed you'll cause real body damage. There is not problem I know of with any of these model years for hoods at all.


If already damaged do what you have to. IMO J. C. Whitney is AYOR for anything but old as the hills.


Did I miss something? In short - there's nothing to do at all on these for this except lube hinges these and any vehicle after a few years old nobody does? Barn door technology - no surprises,


Tom



TravisH
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Nov 18, 2016, 7:51 AM

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I'm not having problem with my trucks hood make the point to keep the hinges lubrecated fore sure. I've seen folks that didn't keep them oiled and the hoods sheet metal bent where it should not have if been taken care of looks terrible. Also to another point don't you want to push foreword and downward to shut the hood instead of sheight down.
Just wanted to see what if these angle iron braces were needed or not or a good idea sounds like there not Mr. greanleaf. Thankyou; for the your thoughts and information saved me some time.

Thankyou;
Travis


Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 18, 2016, 8:03 AM

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If no problem save the bucks. It was famous for some full size Fords hood hinges so strong just getting close the windshield end stood up - no solution but new hinges and maybe fix hoods - yikes!


Do know you can adjust the latch and tighten the hood with the rubber, threaded things that hold it tight and side wedges hold it left to right so you don't chip paint.
Point - stuff was adjustable and lube able so stuff fit right and didn't always from new! Tom


TravisH
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Nov 18, 2016, 8:21 AM

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On the Ford hinges what years were they or are you just kidding. I not to crazy about those clock looking springs used on hood hinges.


Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 18, 2016, 8:46 AM

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It was the 70 - 78 the LTD still full size all those model years had the issue. Springs not the clock spring you see on some. Just wide open was well stuck there so wind wouldn't shut it if right but when sticky bent the heck out of stuff.


Still, reinforcing it wasn't the answer just lube the dang things they were fine too.


While here - those rubber things for sides and mushroom caps can be had new now I think if missing or just spent. Not so sure they were brand specific either just Full size of many cars and trucks. If missing look for the "Help"* brand parts at the larger outlets may have a blister pack of them new clones,


T
* Brand sells the crank handles, door parts and stuff common to bust not so easy to find good used and forget new now.........



TravisH
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Nov 18, 2016, 9:46 AM

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 Have you noticed how much old Chevys have gone up in price even rusted out bombs and even used parts you can't buy new have gone up on ebay and even ones you can a used SBC timing chain cover $50.00. I haven't noticed Fords or Dodges spiking in price yet


Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 18, 2016, 11:05 AM

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Now just chat I guess: Each of the Big Three made something great or less than great for personal preferences. Chev takes the world cake for the Small Block V8 many displacements but the same idea. They are all iron - blocks and heads. Easy valve train that just worked didn't need to complicate it.


I think the engine is the reason. Used still new now for Marine, back up generators or whatever power source. They seem alone that with the right engineering tolerate insane high RPMs without exploding! I think still the long late 427 (Big Block) could be rigged for high RPM and HP. Can or did use the trusty Turbo 350, 400 or 700R (locking converter) automatics.



For the trucks you can still find new cloned body panels and all sorts of stuff new but not real GM.


Good road manners as any and almost nothing wildly tricky for service or repairs. Altering things wasn't a nightmare a strong reason as well,


Tom


(edit - some typos and added thoughts)

(This post was edited by Tom Greenleaf on Nov 18, 2016, 2:07 PM)


Discretesignals
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Nov 19, 2016, 12:55 PM

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I think it would be a bad ideal to reinforce the hood like that. I believe that they designed the structure of the hood to tee pee when you get into a front end collision. That way the hood doesn't come through the window and take your head off. That is probably why they stopped selling those braces on JC.





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Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 19, 2016, 2:39 PM

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Good point DS! The Frauds (I mean Fords) that did that now I recall would be only the full size back to maybe even 1969. There was a "detent" for when wide open so wind wasn't as likely to blow it shut and many just bent hinge and hood forcing them closed. Not a rust thing just lack of lube and they weren't that old when they did that.


People driving around trying to see thru top 3 inches of windshields like a good Mazzhole would do and not fix it!


Plain never saw or had the problem with the trucks nor monster GM cars but again always lubed them if in my hands but certainly not all were,


Tom


*J.C. Witless was my nick name for that company...........Crazy







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