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MARTINSR 11-18-2005 11:13 AM

Tip of the day #28 Hood spring installation.
Tip of the day, Hood spring installation

This is the very simplest spring installation I know of. The description is for a hood spring but I have used it MANY times on all kinds of springs including trunk torsion bars. Below is a drawing that may make it clearer. I would go out there and take a picture but it is raining like a cow peeing through a pole bridge.

Have a friend hold the hood open all the way, or if you have to, use a prop. Hook the spring onto the rear of the hinge and keep tension on it so it doesn’t fall off. With the other hand hook your chain hook onto the spring hook and pull, keeping that tension. Now, I usually wrap the chain around my hand like you do when you are the anchor man in a tug-o-war. All the while maintaining the tension so the spring doesn’t fall off the hinge at the back. Pull on the chain stretching the spring out so you can hook the spring end onto the hinge hook. It may seem like you can’t get the chain hook off the spring, but it comes off rather easy if you start to remove it before the spring is set all the way down in the bottom of the hook on the hinge.

This method leaves you in complete control, YOU are in control of the spring and it will not fly off, I have NEVER had it fly off in any way while using this method.

It is best to mount the hinges to the car, but if you had to you could do the same thing with the hinge mounted in a vice. I have always used a chain that has a hook made out of 1/8” mild steel. But I have seen many guys use a link that opens and just hook it over the end of the chain. You could also make a dandy tool by cutting a link off making a hook. Then MIG weld it to the last link on the chain.

PimpJuice 11-18-2005 04:18 PM

Nice tip Mr Senior


Chopt 48 04-09-2006 11:01 AM

Thanks, that hint is apt to save a bunch of us banged up paint and fingers and a whole lot of fustration.

rehmgdboy 12-31-2008 06:16 AM

Tip #28
Thanks for the neat tip on installing Hood hinge springs! It worked great!

MARTINSR 10-23-2012 03:48 PM

Here's a couple of photos showing it in action.

And honestly it takes very little effort with putting a hook of some sort and a rope or chain or what ever to pull on, it is amazing how little effort.


lakeroadster 10-24-2012 05:09 AM

Excellent... thanks for posting.

That looks easy peazy.. so to say.:thumbup:

MARTINSR 10-24-2012 07:48 AM

It was pretty funny, this is a Chevelle in the shop and I had two body techs scratching their head on how they were going to get those springs on. I bet them a lunch I would put them on with one hand behind my back in seconds. :D They lost, or did they win? I wish, oh how I wish I could call up the man who showed me this trick to thank him. I don't remember who it was but at least I remember the trick! :)


truck72 10-24-2012 09:25 AM

hood spring
I have always used a fan belt cut in half. Works the same way and does not scatch any paint at all.

MARTINSR 10-24-2012 11:12 AM


Originally Posted by truck72 (Post 1602637)
I have always used a fan belt cut in half. Works the same way and does not scatch any paint at all.

Excellent idea, but why would it need to be cut in half? I am thinking leave it as a loop? I'll give it a try.


E.Furgal 10-24-2012 01:28 PM

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..

MARTINSR 10-24-2012 01:43 PM

Now your spreading trick allows you to paint it better, again, great idea.:thumbup:


truck72 10-24-2012 01:53 PM

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.

John long 10-24-2012 06:12 PM

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

Lizer 10-24-2012 08:06 PM

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.

John long 10-24-2012 09:24 PM

LOL, Josh, are you suggesting that I have over engineered my solution? :P Seriously, some of the older cars have some REALLY STIFF springs.

John L

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