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Old 08-21-2019, 05:28 PM   #1
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What causes the good to not fully lay down in the rear corner when the hood is closed? I have tried a different hinge and have fiddled quite a bit with the adjustment. The drivers rear corner is the only one giving me trouble. The other side works great. Once you close the hood you can push the corner the rest of the way closed with your finger without much resistance. It just wonít close all the way on its own. I have lubricated all the swivel points as well.
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Common problem, discussed before. Loosen up the lower bolt and place a shim between it and the firewall. This changes the angle the spring pulls ever so slightly and it should then come down.

This can also push the hood back towards the cowl, so you may have to move the hood forward a bit on the hood bolts

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It is usually an adjustment but if that don't work it is likely worn pivot points in the hinge.
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Jimmy...I put thiese articles together a while back, when someone was having a similar issue.
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These hinges are in pretty good shape to be used. I will try a shim tomorrow and thanks to Pop for bringing up those articles. I had a similar issue with my 71 C/10 and another hinge fixed the issue. Odd that it was on the drivers side too.
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Spray the pivot points with WD-40
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Spray the pivot points with WD-40
Did that. They may get a second treatment. I prefer motor oil but I have misplaced my squirt can.
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Did that. They may get a second treatment. I prefer motor oil but I have misplaced my squirt can.
Keep in mind that WD-40 is only a temporary fix. It evaporates pretty quickly and leaves zero lubrication. If you are looking to lube your hinges use some kind of oil, It will stay there for extended periods.
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Keep in mind that WD-40 is only a temporary fix. It evaporates pretty quickly and leaves zero lubrication. If you are looking to lube your hinges use some kind of oil, It will stay there for extended periods.
Thatís true. At the time it was the first thing I could get my hands on that had a squirt tube and I wanted to see if it would make a difference. They did work smoother but it didnít change my problem.
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Seems to be a very common problem, no matter if it's 60's Caddy or 70's Ford...that is frustrating to say the least, you allways have to push the corner down.
I bought Danchuck repop hinges for my '56 and I have fingers crossed that they'll work as good as they looks.
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