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.