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Old 05-13-2018, 11:03 PM   #1
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Finally got around to installing my new hood and having some trouble getting it lined up. The hood is not going down all the way. It will catch the safety latch but thatís all. He never gets to the point where I have to release it from inside the cab. As a result there is a lot of play in the hood going up and down since all thatís holding it is a safety catch. What am I missing how can I adjusted it? Didnít have this issue with my old hood.
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Old 05-13-2018, 11:29 PM   #2
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How is it lining up to the fenders and grille? May need to adjust it forward or back for the latch to line up correctly. This can be done at the hinges.
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Old 05-14-2018, 01:14 AM   #3
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Sitting high compared to the fenders. Don’t have the grill installed yet
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Looking closer it appears that the primary latch is not engaging. When I pull the release inside the cab the only thing I can see happening is a small spring moves. The latch does not open to aloe the piece on the hood to latch. Ideas?
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Hi,
Take a look at the end of the cable, there should be a lead ball that looks sort of like a fishing line weight at the end of the cable. This retainer is what goes through the lever to pull the release. I have seen them pop off(or the cable break right there) The lever is what actuates the release.
I would start by applying a generous amount of penetrating oil to the jaws of the hood release, then locate the release lever and see if moving it manually will allow the jaws to open. I have had to put a screwdriver in the closed jaws to apply upward force on a few occasions to get them to open. If it takes excessive force to open, just work it open and closed and usually frees up thanks to the lube. Once you see the release lever is operational you can address whatever the issue is that has caused the cable to no longer function correctly.
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There should also be some bump stops on each fender close to the front of the vehicle.

These bump stops are made of rubber, and they screw in and out.

If someone was screwing with the bump stops while your hood was off (raised the bump stops), the hood won't be able to go down far enough to catch on the latch.
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I lubricated the heck out of the mechanism and with some pressure from a screwdriver it will lock and and release from inside the cab with the release cable. The bump stops are as low as they will go and not even touching the hood.
The safety catch will engage but no matter how high or low I put the mechanism the primary catch will not engage.
Is there a difference in mechanisms from a regular 95 hood to an earlier mail box hood ? That’s what I’m trying to put on.
Like I said no problem with the old (other) hood
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Fook if I know, dude.

The 2 hoods are made the same, so sit down with both of them and figure out what's different about them.

We can't really do that with you on a forum.
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Hi,
I can not say for sure that the hood hoops are different between the two styles, but that would be the only difference I can think of that would cause this situation. Take a measuring tape out and measure the distance that the hoop on the hoods hangs below the inner surface of the hood, also the distance from the edge of the hood to the hoop...... If they are different you might be able to adjust the mount for the latch up to meet the new hood..... Just a thought. I have a mail slot hood on my truck, but it is what came with the truck in 86, so the catch distance may be different although I have never heard of that before....
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