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Old 09-21-2012, 05:23 PM
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Hood or trunk installation tip.

When putting a hood or trunk on you want to put the lower bolt first, that way if you don't have to hold it's weight as the bottom bolt can be put in and then the hood will be resting on the top of the hinge while you put the upper bolt in. You could literally put one bolt on each side and walk away. I am not holding the lid to take this photo, all with a bolt started and not even tight.

You can see that on the other side the guy is putting the upper bolt in, you can see the difference. If you were to let go of the hood it would fold down over the hinge destroying it!

On an older car or truck that has a trunk or hood hinge sprung to hold the hood or trunk open this is a the way to go for sure. Being that is what I have done for years I just do all of them that way.

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Jeez, Brian.........There you go helping people again without even being asked a ? Knock it off, will ya
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Sorry

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Wife and I just did that last night. Installed the trunk that is.
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Wife and I just did that last night. Installed the trunk that is.
Is that what you call it? We call it making nookie.

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I've also found that a 3rd person running the bolts in while 2 people hold the hood in position makes life super easy! Only takes 2 minutes for the initial install, after that one person can do all the adjusting.

Air ratchet is a Godsend too, but I guess most people here have one of those too...

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Or if it's a 1975 Cadillac hood, get FOUR people to hold the hood while you put the bolts in, no kidding!

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I usually aim to put in the lower bolt first but when you got no bolt in and are moving around the hood trying to line it up with the holes I just stick it into the hole that's most ready for a bolt, if that means the top than that means I just have to hold the bottom more steady til the bottom bolt grabs. I'd say it's just as important to use your shoulder and have your hands placed in the right locations when putting on a hood.
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