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installing hood pins ?

i did a search. hard to believe this has not come up. anyway.

i want to install hood pins on my truck, 97 s10. i'm thinking i would remove the rubber stops and mount the pins in the holes. but what to do to keep the hood adjusted ? how do i align the plates with the pins ? any other tips ? the stock hood latch system is coming off.


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It is easy, you put a rubber "donut" on the pin that the hood rests on, there is your height adjustment. Shim it with washers under it to perfection.

I remember pins also having threads all the way down it so you can have a nut to raise and lower a large washer with that rubber donut to raise and lower the hood.

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yep, the ones I've put on have had a nut to adjust the hieght of the stud and how far the go through the hood. You may want to make measurements on the hood to keep them an even distance and mock it up see that they look even, install the stud on the firewall first and determine where it is going to go through the hood and where the holes will need to be. I put locking pins on a cavalier, and that one was kinda difficult. The hood slope was at an angle to the core support where the pins were installed, and since they were locking, they had to be pretty dead on straight to lock and unlock. Had to actually install the stud that attaches to the firewall at a slight angle, but if I would have had a torch I probably would have bent them some. Also on that one the core support was boxed in to some degree and It was difficult to put on the bottom nut without cutting a large hole undeneath. I made it just big enough to fanagle my fingers through it and start the nut, and get a wrench lengthwise to hold the nut while I tightened it with the top nut. Being as it sounds like you have ordinary hood pins where you install the pins through the stud, it should be a little less difficult due to a little more room for play.
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any more advice on this ??? i'm getting ready to do it, and its making me nervous = once the holes are in the hood, no going back.
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