My hood SUCKS! to open!

Discussion in 'Body Restoration' started by slayer021175666, May 16, 2018.

  1. jamieg285

    jamieg285 Veteran Member

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    Jul 15, 2004
    Luton, England
    My 79 used to pop with 1 pull then you could lift the hood freely. When I removed and replaced the hood for painting the underside it stopped that and I have to pull and lift together. Same hood, same latch(but possibly slightly different alignment). I guess it may be possible to alter it someway to get it back as it was, but I've not tried yet.
  2. John Wright

    John Wright Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Aug 9, 2002
    Rustburg, Va
    Are you sure that the springs are weak? It could be the hinges are gummed up with decades old grease and dirt. I cleaned the hinges (all of the pivot points) with contact cleaner to remove all of the grease and dirt, then used a light machine oil and the hood opens smooth as butter. Also...Make sure the hood isn't dragging on the fenders on either side.

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