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Methods for holding down a Model A hood with no hood sides...ideas?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by xadamx, Sep 13, 2007.

  1. xadamx
    Joined: Apr 18, 2003
    Posts: 1,170


    I just got a nice, clean, original hood top section for my 1930 Ford roadster. I want to be able to use it sometimes so I am trying to get together some ideas on a cool way to affix it to the cowl and grille shell. I like the old T speedster straps, or leather straps with the zip-zig spring tighteners. Any other suggestions. Thanks a lot...

    Here is a shot of the car with a photoshoped hood that I give an idea.

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  2. 80's Caddy hearses, depending on who made them, have some neat little chrome latches inside on the compartments below the table that would be perfect for that sort of thing. Sitting around in the garage at the funeral home, the frames rot out, so they turn up in junkyards now and then -
  3. Flat Ernie
    Joined: Jun 5, 2002
    Posts: 8,406

    Flat Ernie
    Tech Editor

    Leather straps?

    Internal pins into firewall & radiator shell?
  4. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    Burl made small steel "L" brackets to use in the front. The long side of the L has a piece of small rod welded to it which slips into one of the rolls which hold the original hood rods. The short side bolts to a hole in the lip of the radiator shell. In the rear he made a cross brace which runs from side to side which has pins which slide into the hood rod rolls and stick out to the rear and slip into plastic-bushed holes in the firewall.

  5. What about these Adam?



    Talk to Steve Dennish (another Brit) at Limeworks
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  6. xadamx
    Joined: Apr 18, 2003
    Posts: 1,170


    That last one looks good...and kind of what I was thinking, but I have been looking and have no clue as to where to find those springs. Does anyone else?
  7. Adam,

    Steve Dennish at Limeworks sells the kit,
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  8. Here's a slightly different take on a 33-34 Ford.Don't know what it was made from;if I can get hold of Mark Kirby I'll ask him.It's one of his friends.

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  9. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 7,866


    Make sure you are sitting down when you look at how much that system costs!!
  10. xadamx
    Joined: Apr 18, 2003
    Posts: 1,170


    I is kinda costly, and doesn't include the leather. I am just trying to find those springs so I can make my own. Not easy to find...
  11. damnfingers
    Joined: Sep 22, 2006
    Posts: 1,287


    xadamx - check out

    Download their catalog (pdf) and check out page 30. Has those springs and fasteners - not nearly as expensive as Limeworks. The footman loops are on page 31.
  12. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,758

    Member Emeritus

    I made some spring loaded pins that fit in the hinge loops on my 32 Sport coupe.

    I've seen bungy cords stretched from side to side underneath. I would like to do the same for my 34 P/U. I was checking out this 34 P/U with no hood sides and I couldn't see what kept the tops down. Finally I asked the owner what keeps the top panels down?...he said nothing and flipped the top panels up to prove it. Only the center hinge and gravity holds them on. He says it never flaps.:D You may not need anything...he didn't. He did have a nice fit at the cowl without anything pulling it down.
  13. I'm a big fan of Dzus buttons.
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  14. I used a couple off small turnbuckles from the front of the hood to the rad shell, they are hidden, cant be seen but easy to access.
  15. RatBone
    Joined: Sep 15, 2006
    Posts: 660


    dont use the bungees going across under the hood, it pulls the
    edges of the hood against the cowl and rubs the paint/primer down to bare metal. Leather straps pulling straight down are the best way to go. The pins into the rad shell and cowl is good if you want the floating look.
  16. gas pumper
    Joined: Aug 13, 2007
    Posts: 2,953

    gas pumper

    WARNING: Don't look here unless you have at least an hour to devote to the mission:D

    Ton's of cool stuff.

  17. xadamx
    Joined: Apr 18, 2003
    Posts: 1,170


    I knew I would get all the good info here. Looks like has everything I need...should be able to build all the straps for $100 or so.
  18. turdytoo
    Joined: May 14, 2007
    Posts: 1,560


    I put the top on like stock, I put brazing rods in for the side panel hinge with line clamps in the front and rear most openings for the side panels. hook a tarp fastener though one side then to the other side front and rear. Total cost; 4 NAPA line clamps , 2 tarp rubber fasteners and 2 non fluxed brazing rods.
  19. Kustm52
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,981


    So that's where the choprods roadster went....
  20. panhead_pete
    Joined: Feb 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,542


    The guy I got my 32 from srewed it on!
  21. telriv
    Joined: Aug 24, 2005
    Posts: 67

    from Conn.

    Believe it or not, I used "Velcro" at the front & rear edges of the cowl & radiator. Then fastened a turn buckle at the very front using the side panel hinges. Kinda a PIA to fasten & unfasten, but doesn't go any where or flop around.

    Tom T.
  22. Dirty2
    Joined: Jun 13, 2004
    Posts: 8,903


    Do you have any pictures ?
  23. blazedogs
    Joined: Sep 22, 2014
    Posts: 463


    In regards to holding down just the top hood section, no sides- on a 29 Model A coupe Have the same issue and question
    I don,t like the strap method,velcro etc. I would rather bolt it down , although I want it easy and quick to remove and a ( clean look).. Any other ideas ?? Gene in Mn
  24. blazedogs
    Joined: Sep 22, 2014
    Posts: 463


    One of the members suggested using Dzus Buttons. Excuse my ignorance but what are Dyus Buttons? Any pictures ?
  25. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,387

    from Oregon

    Google Dzus fasteners. Racers use them on fenders, hoods, trunk lids etc.
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  26. I am with Johnny here. During one of the wars they started using a fastener called a Dzus fastener (button) and they were tits. They work for me.

    They are also known as quarter turn fasteners and cam locks. Here is a pic that may help.

    Last edited: Mar 12, 2019
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  27. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 5,388

    Marty Strode

    I did this about 4 years ago. Pull 2 quick pins, and the side hinges up. It requires some welding to the radiator side channel. IMG_5988.JPG IMG_5989.JPG IMG_5990.JPG IMG_5993.JPG
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  28. mopacltd
    Joined: Nov 11, 2008
    Posts: 896


    Monte, that is darn close to what I did on my 5 window.
  29. 6sally6
    Joined: Feb 16, 2014
    Posts: 1,331


    Instead of velcro what about a couple of those really strong/small magnets?! The weight of the hoods sides will keep it closed except when flying over bumps! Right?!
    What do I know...I gotta Mustang (although it was a REAL surprise when the hood came up while at speed!!:eek:)

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