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Old 10-11-2008, 04:06 PM   #1
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Default How to: Suicide your hood

Originaly posted by BigMass

Aight, here we go.

I had to do all this with the hood on cause I didn't have any measurements, but you can go ahead and pull the hood off cause I got em all for ya.

Start by prepping the hinge. Cut the bar in the middle and remove exactly 4". Use a brake line tube cutter so you get a nice square edge. I found a length of threaded rod that fit inside perfect (I think 1/2"). Put the halves back together and clamp the feet to the bench to keep it all square, and weld the bar back up.



While you got the welder going weld some nuts to the underside of all mounting holes, I used 3/8". This is a great time saver when you install.


The hinge has to mount about 1" below the fender lip. Some use washers, I use 1" square tube again for ease of install. I think it is a little tight to wiggle the hinge into place in 1 piece so I didn't tack the spacers on. Just a little easier to slide them in after hinge is in.


One last thing for the hinge. Cut this lip off about 1" long on the left side to clear the coil wire. With it there it just touches and will prolly wear through in time. It don't take much, just make it level with the flat section.



Next prep the engine bay.

Remove the big silencer box in the front left corner, and the washer bottle. I got a small square aftermarket washer bottle to hide elsewhere but never got around to it yet.


Move this stack of relays on the right inner fender. There is another factory hole for the front tab and I used a self taper for the rear one.


Mkay. Drill your mounting holes in the fender lip.


First hole goes 2 1/2" from the nearest fender bolt (centre to centre).


Trim the corner of the core support as needed to clear the hinge a la this


The reason for this is to get the hood as far forward as possible to clear the bumper.



K, should have your shit mounted by now, so onto the hood.


Drill the mounting holes up there. Some guys weld studs to the hood. I just used 1/2" fender clips and it's cock solid when bolted down. You go 5 1/2" from the nearest factory mounting hole (centre to centre).


Once they're drilled cut some holes to slide your fender clips over, try to keep them under the foot print of the hinge so it looks clean. Get your pal to hold the hood and bolt it to the hinges and start adjusting.

I don't have any thing on the back corners right now. The worst it has ever lifted on me is about 4" on the rear when I was fighting a strong head wind and met a transport truck with a 53' van. It ain't coming off cause the front latch has a good hold on it.
Another member (I think red'94) left the factory hinges on and cut them short so they will still slide into the cowl and hook if the hood tries to lift.


That's about it. Have fun and good luck.
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Old 10-11-2008, 05:07 PM   #2
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sweet on my to do list now

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Old 10-11-2008, 07:53 PM   #3
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what year le sabre is best to get hese hinges from? and call me an idiot, but what are fender clips?
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Old 10-11-2008, 08:39 PM   #4
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very nice write up, yes that is my pic, also the hinges are off of a late 80`s buick le sabre
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got any pics when its done and open
like wide angle shots of hinges and over all look?
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Old 10-12-2008, 02:25 AM   #6
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ok to latch does it use the factory latch in front or do you put on at the rear of the hood on the firewall/cowl
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Old 10-12-2008, 02:27 AM   #7
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seems like you could use a jeep cherokee hood latch since it uses 2 latches
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You use your factory latch up front, and just cut off a section of the original hinges so it will hook under your cowl panel it won't come open on ya trust me it hold pretty good
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Old 10-12-2008, 02:48 AM   #9
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Ryan TY for the writeup & pix. I did my HB hood years ago by myself & it took just a few hours. A few pix........
this shows the cutout needed to clear the coil......

the 1 inch tubing spacers.....

studs welded to the hood.......

& fully open......

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Thanks mark, didn't think about the cutout for the coils, but a couple pieces of 1" square tubing works for the spacers as well
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