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Hood spring removal installation tool
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I have been finishing up some work to return the mustang to the road. before reinstalling the hood I need to replace the hinges which were very sloppy. I bought some used replacement ones and they are nice and tight. But I wanted my flat springs swapped onto the replacement hinges.

So I made a tool out of an old clamp, by reversing the head and cutting it down and putting a spring pocket on one end and a notch in the other


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worked like a charm pull it open to hook the end of the spring onto the notch on one side and the pocket at the other end and then tap open with a hammer, remove spring still on the tool. use release on bottom of reversed clamp head to allow spring to release onto hinge. Took longer to type than to perform-twice.

It works so well you can perform the work with the hinge mounted in a vice or just in your bare hands with the end of the tool resting on the ground

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"I love my Hookers!" and "Get some Strange" probably have a different connotation to non automotive enthusiasts!
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#2
I use a v-belt. With the hinge securely mounted on the car or in a vice, loop it over one end of the spring and pull. Takes only a second.

Mike
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Black 2012 5.0 GT, 6-speed, Brembo brakes, 3.73's
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#3
I just use a ratchet strap
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#4
I put gloves on and he-man it.

1973 Mach 1 Q code 351 4V, 9A paint, standard interior, 3.50 rear, C6 trans.
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#5
Well men, I guess I'll put on my pink undies and go to work

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"I love my Hookers!" and "Get some Strange" probably have a different connotation to non automotive enthusiasts!
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Totalled;171268 Wrote:I put gloves on and he-man it.

I quit doing it that way after walking funny for a few days afterwards Sad
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caspianwendell;171324 Wrote:
Totalled;171268 Wrote:I put gloves on and he-man it.

I quit doing it that way after walking funny for a few days afterwards Sad

Iz'zat with or without the pink undies??
I mean lace & all would tend to make me walk funny.

Jeff the tool idea is cool, however on this just loop something over the hook end of the spring and stretch a bit.

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#8
With the springs off the car, this made it easy. Besides I have a couple dozen of those old clamps and I was curious how it would work

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Post: #7 | RE: Hood spring removal installation tool
(Yesterday 10:26 AM)caspianwendell Wrote:
(Yesterday 12:11 AM)Totalled Wrote:
I put gloves on and he-man it.

I quit doing it that way after walking funny for a few days afterwards Sad

Iz'zat with or without the pink undies??
I mean lace & all would tend to make me walk funny


Oh your real funny...truth is I have strained my groin so many times I started to enjoy it...decided it's time to be old and careful
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#10
I never claimed it was the smartest method...

1973 Mach 1 Q code 351 4V, 9A paint, standard interior, 3.50 rear, C6 trans.
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