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SOB! My hood flopped open!

rang-a-stang

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Long story short, was driving along and my hood popped open. Among other damage, my hinges are bent. I see new are available on the interwebz. Looks like mine are spot welded in. True? I assume need to find/cut the spot welds, then spot weld the new one(s) on?
 


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rang,

I realise that I am not answering your question but a hood from the yard, I've bought a couple, aren't going to break the bank.

PS,
When I was 11years old riding with my mother, going to visit friends of then family, at a hair over 45 mph, the family station wagon's hood opened. She freaked and for some unknown desire for self preservation, I talked her through the process of maintaining a strait course while slowing to pull over safely.

A very nice man stopped and did an emergency road repair, so that the Hood could be latched for us to drive safely. My mother was so shaken up, I had to drive us (I had years if driving experience, mini bikes, motorcycles, tractors). Nevertheless, a frightening experience, at any speed while driving on a main byway.
 

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It sounds like the truck has been "serviced" by Jiffy lube and the hood latch was never lubed. Sorry it happened to you and glad it didn't cause a wreck.
 

rang-a-stang

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hahaha! No, it was actually my own fault. I had a vacuum gauge hooked up to my EGR signal and was checking to see if it was getting signal. I thought I had it at the first click (like if you pulled the handle). Guess not.
I was able to spend about an hour with a set of crescent wrenches to bend the hinges back into shape. A body hammer fixed the bend from where the hood contacted the wiper. It did not flop open enough to damage the rest of the hood though.
 

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Yeah..... That's how I would do it ....

We regularly smash hoods round here....your in good company😆
 

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