Wrenchin’ Wednesday is here, and we’ve got a quick way to save your hood hinges while we’re unpacking our bags for the Performance Racing Industry show. Even if you’re not Roadkill, hoods come off pretty regularly around any serious garage. However, without a little planning, those massive coil springs that are used to aid in lifting our steel
landing strips hoods are quite a terror for your hood hinges. Without the weight of the hood, those springs are using all of their tension to bend and pull the hinge, damaging the pivot joints and fasteners.
Plus, we’ve all seen this terrible panel gap, and that spring tension while the hood is off is a common cause – other than the hinges failing from age.
Removing the hinges for replacement is often made needlessly frustrating when random washers and scrap steel are shoved between the coils to space them off the hinge’s hooks. You’ve got to get enough shims between the coils as possible while hoping they don’t drop back out – so, here’s how to make a quick tool for removing just about any tensioned hood spring, and this project is perfect with any scrap metal you have around the shop.
Today’s tip came from Joe Galletti of Austin, Texas – Got any home-brew tools that you’ve made? Send them to HOTROD@HOTROD.com
Wrenchin’ Wednesday is a weekly garage-hackamajig, making wrenching great again with small tips that make working on your project easier, cheaper, and maybe even a bit faster. We’re probably not the first with any of these ideas, but you won’t be the last to know every Wednesday!
Last week, we talked about how you can build an adhesive toolkit for any problem that needs duck tapin’!
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