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Old 09-01-2011, 08:22 AM
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ideas on locking the hood

Hey guys,

I have a 33 Ford w/the 4 piece hood from Rootlieb. I would like to have some sort of electric latches to keep the hood closed & locked, & use the stock exterior handle just to lift the hood when needed.

I'm sure someone has tried this already. What did you use ? Any thoughts pro & con ?

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Actually, I just addressed this issue on my 1970 Chevy Caprice. I didn't want anything electric because what if the battery dies? My solution turned out be as low-tech as it gets: I drilled a hole in the crossbar right next to the hood latch and put a lock there. The lock impedes the sliding of the latch. I can fit the key in the lock and push it up out of the way, but the thief can't get bolt cutters on it. I don't know if that will work with your set-up, but something along those lines may work for you.

In the past, I used a remote choke cable attached to a gate latch, with the handle located under the dash. That worked well, too. But thieves are more likely to look for a setup like that, I figure, since most hoods nowadays open with a remote cable. Maybe a handle with a built-in lock is a way to go...
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Might think about an electric trunk pull/release ..... If the battery goes dead, just hook jumper cables to the pos stud on the starter and a ground etc..... that'll let you open the latch
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In the past, I used a remote choke cable attached to a gate latch, with the handle located under the dash. That worked well, too. But thieves are more likely to look for a setup like that, I figure, since most hoods nowadays open with a remote cable. Maybe a handle with a built-in lock is a way to go...
Ever thought of hooking up that choke cable to the lighter socket? Works the same way, except now everyone knows! Or on the upper ventilation pull knob on your 70 chevvy.

There is no reason why you can't put an electrical INLET in the lighter socket connected to a 12 volt power source to provide emergency 12 V power to open your hood. Just takes a little imagination to come up with the ideas.
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I suppose you could supply an emergency 12 volts via the lighter socket. However, then you'd have to carry around an auxiliary power source at all times and make sure it's always charged. Myself, I prefer a more fail-safe option. And that means mechanical instead of electric. But that's just me...
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I see no difference..... dead battery, elec or manual hood release, still need a jump..... with elec you need to open the hood, so an alt method (starter lug) Lighter socket would work just as well but you'd need a special plug for the lighter etc....
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If the battery is dead,, You will need a jump anyway,, So why not install a set of Remote Battery Jumper Terminals Under the car (out of sight) But easy to get to,,No problems..
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Here's a "James Bond" kind of idea.

Cleverly disguise a momentary switch to appear like a cigarette lighter, and mount it in your ashtray. Open the ashtray, then push the "lighter" in to pop your electric hood latch.

Cole Hersee P/N 9155

9155* With Large Button
15/16" diameter button. 2 screw terminals with lockwashers.
Mounting stem: 5/8"-32 thread, 21/32" (16.7mm) long.
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I use these very small stainless switches, they are approx the size of a pencil eraser and will mount just about anywhere. I have one mounted on the side of my dash panel to lock/unlock the doors. Hardly noticable and easy to reach.
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