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Old 06-24-2011, 11:29 PM
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I was pulling the hood on my Rambler tonight and thought this is one of those tips that really help a lot and a lot of people don't think about it. When removing a hood such as my Rambler or just about any American made car from the fifties, sixties and seventies always remove the front hood bolt first. You can remove both sides and the hood will stay right there because the rear bolt is holding the hood from falling forward over the top of the hinges (as long as the hinges have springs on them). I pulled this hood off the car myself without incident using this little trick. And even if you have help, always remove the front bolts first just incase you drop your wrench or what ever, you can leave the hood without fear of it falling off or bending.

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Dizzy rotor stuck

Good iodea on the hood. Here is one when trying to remove the dizzy rotor off my 93 5.7 truck what I did is I just twisted it off because it was a pain in the butt pulling it up then I just took a screw driver and I took off the little piece of plastic that stayed on the shaft.
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If you're doing the hood yourself, don't forget to protect the windshield and cowl. A couple of blankets will do the job. Also, when you're pulling the hood and you don't want it to tip forward when you get that last bolt out, prop the front of the hood up with a 2X2. Let the hood slide back to the protected windshield after you remove the lastbolt, walk around to the front of the hood, pull the 2X2 out and lift the hood out and away. Don't forget to mark the boltholes with a magic marker.
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got any tips for putting it on by yourself?
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got any tips for putting it on by yourself?

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same with installing. install the rear bolt first..where you arent struggling to keep the hood upright to get the 2nd bolt in. not so much a big deal on late model cars as most of the hoods are light(er)....but some of these old boats can be tough with even 2 people.
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Great tips. Or.......you can do what I do and get your wife to help you!
Hey, I help her with the dishes. It's a fair trade.
Now...if I can only teach her how to do a brake job...!
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Bless her heart, I get my wife out there all the time to help me with things like this, she's a trooper.


It depends on what I find easy at the time, but I will often remove the rear bolts with my hand up on the front of the hood so it won't fall and just allow it to come down slowly tilting on the top of the hinges like a teeter totter. When it tilts all the way down to level I lift it off. I did have some towels on the fenders as I always would but never did I let the hood slide down to touch them.

Putting it back on will be a different story, then I'll have to set the back of the hood on top of the towels and lifting one side up put a bottom/rear bolt in then go to the other side and do the same.

This hood is pretty small and light so of course you can't always do this (I did a 76 Cad Eldo once, it took FOUR men to put that hood on!) but pulling even a larger hood off is often possible with this method.

I had a one man shop for many years so I learned how to do a lot of this stuff by myself with out damaging things.

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Your absolutly right Max ,I like the way you think I always get stuck doing the big pans...The least she can do is pump that pedal Shes real good at putting her foot down...
Brian ,I'm glad to see you back at it....
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If you're doing the hood yourself, don't forget to protect the windshield and cowl. A couple of blankets will do the job. Also, when you're pulling the hood and you don't want it to tip forward when you get that last bolt out, prop the front of the hood up with a 2X2. Let the hood slide back to the protected windshield after you remove the lastbolt, walk around to the front of the hood, pull the 2X2 out and lift the hood out and away. Don't forget to mark the boltholes with a magic marker.
I won't recommend the 2x2 unless the fenders are off the car or something because while balancing that hood on a 2x2 it is VERY likely it's going to come crashing down on the fender at some point.

We all do things different, but a hood prop rod is the way to go for me. Click here
I know a lot of guys need to spend their money on other tools but damn I couldn't live without one of these.

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"If you're doing the hood yourself, don't forget to protect the windshield and cowl. A couple of blankets will do the job."

folded over cardboard works well also, windshields cost too much.

"got any tips for putting it on by yourself?"

the folded cardboard will hold up the rear of the hood, you can lift and install the FRONT bolts then open and install the rear bolts.
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Old 06-25-2011, 08:12 AM
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Brian ,I'm glad to see you back at it....
Between working so many hours at the job and my husband/dad duties I want to veg on the couch, it's hard to get out there these days. But DAMN I have to get this car on the road before my SHO pukes! Then I'll be screwed and have to go buy something to get to work.

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got any tips for putting it on by yourself?
yea. put some 3 inch studs in the front bolt holes. then cut a piece of rubber or foam and put over the studs to protect the paint. grab the hood put the studs in the hinge holes and prop the hood up with a piece of wood. put the rear bolts in remove the studs and rubber pieces, install front bolts and presto one man hood install with no paint scratches.
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"If you're doing the hood yourself, don't forget to protect the windshield and cowl. A couple of blankets will do the job."

folded over cardboard works well also, windshields cost too much.

"got any tips for putting it on by yourself?"

the folded cardboard will hold up the rear of the hood, you can lift and install the FRONT bolts then open and install the rear bolts.
Why would putting the front bolts first help you? Just do the same thing and put the rear ones in. The thing is if you put the front bolts first, or remove them last you have a good chance of slipping, or something and the hood coming down, you will after all have to be holding the front of the hood up the entire time you are putting the bolts in. If you put the rear bolts first you literally can let go of the hood without the front bolts even being in.

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