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Old 02-08-2009, 08:07 PM
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How do I remove hood side panels on 33 Pontiac?

What I wish to do is to safely remove the side panels on the hood of a 1933 Pontiac (Fisher Body same as Chevrolet and others 1934-35 range).

In the picture below I have the panel circled with an "X" on it.

I do not wish to re-paint the car at this time, so I do not want to damage the existing paint.
There is a hinge, with a pin thru the full length where it joins the top panel of the hood. I wish to "retain" the top portion of the hood in place.

The underside of the body panels is quite original, rough metal, not finished, and it appears to me that the panels have never been seperated....ever...in over 75 years.

Do you somehow pull that hinge wire out?

Question two: if I get that accomplished, any idea how to fasten the top portion of the hood down where it can still be raised if needed?

I do not want to destroy any parts, I may decide to put them back sometime in the future.

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If no one here knows..these guys will...

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If it's like early Fords, like my '36, it's just a piano type hinge, with the hood sides and top having tabs rolled at their edges to hold the 3/16" or so rod. Just WD 40 the crap out of it, start it with a punch, grab the end when you can with some Vise Grips, and pull it on out.

Once it's out, of course you then have to devise some way to keep the top panels from flapping like wings . I think a leather strap looks cool, (although your car is pretty "street rod-ish" for that) with a spring catch at the frame. Maybe just a pin in the hinge roll that'd slide into a catch on the firewall and rad. shell (like a small gate catch).

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as flynbrian48 said start by pushing it out with a punch. Once you have a inch or so out you could try putting a electric drill on the stub and turning. It walks out easier that way.
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as flynbrian48 said start by pushing it out with a punch. Once you have a inch or so out you could try putting a electric drill on the stub and turning. It walks out easier that way.
That's a real good idea, I'm going to use it on my 36. Can I claim it as an original by me?
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That's a real good idea, I'm going to use it on my 36. Can I claim it as an original by me?
Dan
Yes, you can, but I have a copyright on the idea of taking the hood off, laying it upside down on some planks on sawhorses covered with carpeting...
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