If you've ever pried the spring off of a hood hinge...... You will soon realize that getting it stretched over the hinge again is going to be a challenge. I've seen where people have used a come-along or ratcheting tie downs to stretch it back to a point where it can be hooked to the hinge again but..... I don't own either of these things. The thinking cap came out and I figured out I could hook the spring around the axle of my floor jack and a pin beneath the top! A few pumps on the jack handle later and the spring was stretched. Then.... I wedged a pieces of stiff cardboard between each coil and lowered the jack. Slipped the now extended spring off the jack and reassembled to the hinge. I still needed to stretch the spring a little bit but I was able to pry the spring back onto the hinge without much effort with the additional length the cardboard pieces between the coils gave me. If you have a stack of washers lying around, they may work better than the cardboard. Note: BE CAREFUL when you work with these springs. Getting your fingers pinched in the hinge while dealing with these springs can cause boo boos. BTW.... This was done on my son's Monte Carlo with a hood the size of a tennis court. The springs on our Camaros are about the same.