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Installing hood springs...?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Munky Haus, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. Munky Haus
    Joined: Sep 7, 2013
    Posts: 10

    Munky Haus

    I just bought a pair of hood springs for my "51 Chevy for $50 but baulked at the $55 installing "tool". I'm all for using the right tool for the job but $55 for a one time use tool seems a bit much. It's just a retainer to hold the spring partially stretched to hook it up. Does anyone have a safe and effective way t0 accomplish this with a more multi-use tool or clamp?

    I'd rather lose $55 than a finger but there's got to be a better way...
  2. rexrogers
    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 1,033


    The best way is to go get a box of thick fender washers and bend the spring back and forth inserting a washer as you go. That will expand the spring enough to safely put it on the hooks then just open the hood a bit more and remove the washers. just some regular washer or even shim stock would work just need something to spread the spring out.
  3. pimpin paint
    Joined: May 31, 2005
    Posts: 4,937

    pimpin paint
    from so cal


    CAREFULLY wrap the spring in baling wire, and tie it off to the hinge. Insert pennies or fender washers, as needed until you've stretched the spring enough to clear the hinge ears and are in alignment. Slowly remove the pennies with pliers. Now remove the wire, and check hood operation.
  4. Munky Haus
    Joined: Sep 7, 2013
    Posts: 10

    Munky Haus

    The washers sounds like a good idea. The directions for the "tool" suggested stretching out the spring by hooking it to the underside of a floor jack and the base of the jack which looked pretty effective.

  5. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 15,034


    I've done this successfully using paint sticks as the shims, they're easy to pull out and they don't mark up paint on fresh springs. You just have to make sure they're "clocked" in a direction that doesn't hit anything when you're installing them.
  6. 325w
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
    Posts: 5,561


    Half of a piece of tubing washers welded in either end. Stretch on the jack install new home made tool done. Lots of info on here already.
  7. Great information Thanks Guys
  8. Munky Haus
    Joined: Sep 7, 2013
    Posts: 10

    Munky Haus

    Lot's of great suggestions, thanks. Everyone of them better than spending $55 on something to use once and then add to the clutter.
  9. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,260


    Pennies will work same as washers.
  10. tiredford
    Joined: Apr 6, 2009
    Posts: 527

    from Mo.

    Cheaper too.
  11. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 3,385


    Ok, how do you do trunk lid springs? They have to be compressed some how?
  12. motoandy
    Joined: Sep 19, 2007
    Posts: 3,326

    from MB, SC

    Here is an example of how to stretch before inserting the angle iron with washers welded to the end.

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  13. usmile4
    Joined: Jul 28, 2005
    Posts: 689


    Here is the best tool for removing and installing hood springs. I've used these for many a hood spring.

    Hood Spring Removal Tool.

    This site also includes some videos on using the tool.
  14. morac41
    Joined: Jul 23, 2011
    Posts: 532


    Hi ... Check in my albums..(morac41)..spring removal tool... be carefull......
  15. 57Custom300
    Joined: Aug 21, 2009
    Posts: 1,357

    from Arizona

    Watched my old man flip them on like installing a brake spring with a long screwdriver. These were just customer daily drivers. He would have never took the time to do the washer/penny thing or spend 55 dollars for the tool. Great ideas though.
  16. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 7,501

    from Nicasio Ca

    I've done that, as well as the old vice grips pull. It's amazing how many ways you can find to hit yourself in the face. :) I do the washer/penny trick now, mostly.
  17. Tsquared
    Joined: Feb 5, 2005
    Posts: 522

    from Pratt, Ks.

    that works ok; but you can use a small chain...hook the rear of the spring
    on the hinge and a small chain on the front of the spirng
    , pull the chain and hook the spring end over the notch on the hinge...It`s quick and easy.
  18. VoodooTwin
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
    Posts: 3,455

    from Noo Yawk

    Probably not the safest way to do it, but I hooked one end onto the bracket, then used a ratchet strap to pull the spring into position onto the hood bracket. Cheap, quick, easy, and probably risked lives doing it.
  19. chaddilac
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 13,869


    I used a ratchet strap... worked great!

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  20. 68vette
    Joined: Jul 28, 2009
    Posts: 306


    I, too, used paint sticks and cut them about 2 inchs long, put the spring on the jack and streched it fonger than the mounting stick per coil seemed to work fine.

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