Wrenchin’ Wednesday: Don’t Get Your Hood Hinges Twisted With This DIY Spring Removal Tool

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.

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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.

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Start by measuring the length of the hinge spring at full lift, from hook to hook, where the spring attaches to the hinge. Add 1-2″ to that measurement, and cut your tool to fit. For our 1969 Chevrolet CST/10, we made ours 11″ from notch-to-notch, but 12″ should work for most classic GM vehicles. Your results will vary, measure twice and cut once!
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Notch the end, this will catch the spring as it releases from the hinge. Be sure to cut at least a quarter-inch into your material so that the spring hooks securely. We used a death cut-off wheel, but a hacksaw or metal file will do the job.
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If the hooks on your hood hinge are clocked at different angles and flat-stock won’t work, you can use any round piece of scrap to cut the each slot at a different angle. These are the original tools that our friend Joe Galletti made for his drop-top Coupe DeVilles.
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Assuming you’ve kept most of your fingers, this should be the end result. Safe, secure, and no longer bending your hood hinges into shame.

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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