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11-16-2012 10:16 AM
John long
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Originally Posted by engineertom View Post
John L, that is a good idea, been using that setup for a while. However, you can buy the tool/tools from National Chevy. It's been a while since I bought them but the part number is 1357 and price is 40.00, but if you look at them you can make your own out of 1/8 inch flat stock. Had thought of looking on the computer I'd have saved 40 bucks. Make 'em a tad wider than springs and shorter. Open the hood all the way and force it a little further, then close it and take springs off
I can't take credit for the idea. Don't even remember who suggested it. I found out here on this thread that the tool is made that way. Pretty cool....

John L
11-16-2012 05:28 AM
engineertom John L, that is a good idea, been using that setup for a while. However, you can buy the tool/tools from National Chevy. It's been a while since I bought them but the part number is 1357 and price is 40.00, but if you look at them you can make your own out of 1/8 inch flat stock. Had thought of looking on the computer I'd have saved 40 bucks. Make 'em a tad wider than springs and shorter. Open the hood all the way and force it a little further, then close it and take springs off
11-14-2012 07:01 PM
Gringo I just put end of spring in vise. Bend it to the side. Install a few washers. this streches it out enough so it will go right on. Lower hood a bit, washers fall out. No damage to paint or chrome etc..
11-02-2012 07:45 AM
novafreek6872 ^^^

GOOD ONE!

I can see where a large adjustable would work great for that. Thanks.
11-01-2012 09:20 PM
mr4speed Have been using an adjustible wrench, (the round hole on the opposite end) fits right around the end of the spring and can not slip off. But I do like Brian's idea as it gives a little more pulling leverage, keeping the chain short or long. Will give it a try.
11-01-2012 06:43 PM
John long LOL Any one know a good attorney?
11-01-2012 12:37 PM
joe_padavano
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OK, Don't make fun of the art work. I loaned my hood spring tool and can't take a picture of it. I took a half tube, welded a couple of washers in it. Spread the hinge and slip the tool on it. Install the hinge and as you lower the hood it will stretch the spring and allow easy removal of the tool. To stretch the spring I drilled two 1/4 inch holes in the jaws of my vice. By placing 2 bolts in the holes I can open the jaws of the vice stretching the spring so I can position the tool. Not sure mine is the best idea but has worked for me for years.

John L

Well, for what it's worth, this is what the Kent-Moore hood spring tool looks like in the GM Chassis Service Manuals.
10-25-2012 06:03 AM
deadbodyman Thats a great looking tool there John, I'll be making one for sure...
10-24-2012 09:51 PM
MARTINSR
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wow, I must be lazy because I just take one of my small pry bars and put the spring on like you do with a brake spring tool.
I do NOT recommend doing that, I have heard of more than one broken windshield over the years using that method!

Brian
10-24-2012 09:24 PM
John long LOL, Josh, are you suggesting that I have over engineered my solution? Seriously, some of the older cars have some REALLY STIFF springs.

John L
10-24-2012 08:06 PM
Lizer wow, I must be lazy because I just take one of my small pry bars and put the spring on like you do with a brake spring tool.
10-24-2012 06:12 PM
John long OK, Don't make fun of the art work. I loaned my hood spring tool and can't take a picture of it. I took a half tube, welded a couple of washers in it. Spread the hinge and slip the tool on it. Install the hinge and as you lower the hood it will stretch the spring and allow easy removal of the tool. To stretch the spring I drilled two 1/4 inch holes in the jaws of my vice. By placing 2 bolts in the holes I can open the jaws of the vice stretching the spring so I can position the tool. Not sure mine is the best idea but has worked for me for years.

John L

10-24-2012 01:53 PM
truck72 One time I got it caught on the top side and I could not get the belt off. So I cut it. hung it on the wall that way and have been using it ever since. I love that spreading trick too.
10-24-2012 01:43 PM
MARTINSR Now your spreading trick allows you to paint it better, again, great idea.

Brian
10-24-2012 01:28 PM
E.Furgal nice..
I have a threaded rod I use with a few washers and nuts. that spreads the spring open..
this above is slick.. but my rod/washer thing alows you to blast and then repaint..
but if not painting, this chain idea is the e ticket..
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