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Old 02-18-2012, 10:34 PM
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I am trying to align the hood of my 1950 chevy truck. When I close the hood the springs lift the back up instead of pulling it down to the closed position. Please help! Thanks

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They don't pull it down, they are designed to push the hood up, to hold the hood up when open. So because of this they are working against you and are pushing up on the back of the hood when closed.

The trick is to adjust the hood down so this pushing up on the spring is pushing it up where it belongs instead of too high.

The hood hinges are on slotted holes in the cowl.



The lower bolt has a slotted hole on the hinge it's self. As you can see in this photo.



So how in the world do you lower the hinge when the slots are horizontal?
You "rotate" the hinge back on the cowl. If you open the hood, loosen the top two bolts a turn or so. Just crack the bottom one loose a turn, then snug it back up so it is not quite tight. It will rotate on that lower bolt. (that should provide enough movement) and push UP on the front of the hood opening it further, this will rotate the hinge and bring the back of the hood closer to the cowl.

It will also bring it back a little, closing up the gap. So you may need to move it forward too, but this is how you lower the back of the hood.

This is not to say that your hood hinge rivets may be worn too much and it may still be to high. You can try loosening all the bolts on the hinge so it rotates more. After that if the hood is still too high, it may need new hinges. But before you do that remove the hood and see how loose the hinges are, also make sure you have the right shouldered bolts that hold the hinge to the hood. If the wrong bolts are there the hood would pushed up too high.

The bolts should look like this. Note that I am talking about the bolts that hold the hinge to the HOOD, not the hinge to the cowl, those are just regular bolts with a large washer.


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Attn: Brian

Thank you for the great insight & pictures. I will give these things a try and let you know how it comes out.

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Again I bow to the master, who answered my question before I asked it! Thanks. Brian! My hood was off before I disassembled, but I'm too far away to ask this yet! Thanks!
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Let's keep these trucks on the road!

Thanks for the kind words fellas.


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