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Old 05-27-2011, 04:34 PM
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How I held my ' 31 'A' hood down

I have decided that I'm not going to run the hood sides for my car at this time - and even didn't paint them so I wouldn't get lazy. Using a two piece hood top makes it a bit difficult to hold down, and to come up with something that isn't clunky gives you a mind execise.

There are quite a few that I've seen that have the leather straps and zig zag springs - and I really like that arrangement except there are getting to be too many and I try to occasionally think outside of the normal box.

What I did was to kinda use that leather strap theme a little bit, but modify to something different. I ordered up some 3/4" wide heavy duty nylon webbing, some 3/4" 'D' rings, a couple of turnbuckles and a couple of eye bolts along with some SS 10-32 machine screws.

First, I welded some 'D' rings to some short pieces of .25 round rod to fit in the loops for the sides. These pull against those loops and wont fall out but will come out easily when I want to open it up:





Then I measured things up and cut plus punched some holes:



These pieces were then bolted together rather then riveted - by choice as I like the look - and attached to a 1.25 ring and then the turnbuckle:



The eye bolt replaces the fender hold down bolt - the galvanized eye bolt needs to be changed to a SS version in the next McMaster -Carr order.

This is what I ended up with:



The webbing has a 2000 pound break strength, so is way strong enough, the eye bolt would pick up the car and with the smaller width webbing, my engine is visible without the usual two 1-1/2 leather straps and some hardware detracting the eye.





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Looks good and should work well. I'm curious as to how you unlatch? Do you have to loosen the turnbuckle? Is there an open hook at the lower end of the turnbuckle that you can stretch out of the eye? If you do loosen the turnbuckle I'm thinking it might be nice to add a "T" or even a knurled knob to its body to make it easier to turn. Stay out of the box!!!
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Sweet!

Wonder if anyone sells a fancy little binder to give quicker access then a turn buckle?
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Looks good and should work well. I'm curious as to how you unlatch? Do you have to loosen the turnbuckle? Is there an open hook at the lower end of the turnbuckle that you can stretch out of the eye? If you do loosen the turnbuckle I'm thinking it might be nice to add a "T" or even a knurled knob to its body to make it easier to turn. Stay out of the box!!!

Right now, to open, I have to loosen the turnbuckle as there is an open hook at the eye bolt. I have a lock nut there now, but it will get a thumbscrew (SS of course) arrangement eventually - next McMaster order along with the eye bolt and maybe a SS turnbuckle instead of the aluminum body version I have there now. Like everything else on a home built car, it's a WIP item which I didn't want to spend a fortune for parts without knowing it would work.

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Sweet!

Wonder if anyone sells a fancy little binder to give quicker access then a turn buckle?
I'm sure - see my previous post
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Beautiful 31 and nice set up you came up with
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Sweet!

Wonder if anyone sells a fancy little binder to give quicker access then a turn buckle?
But then again, how often does the hood need to come off ? Looks like good access, with the hood on, to anything that needs checked on a regular basis.
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thanks!

thanks a lot,it helps. davey nuts&bolts
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Looks good, Dave!

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