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  • Hood hinge rod removal

    I have some hoods that are froze up. What is the best way to get the rods out, so I can build a good one out of the parts ? Thanks, Pat
    Model A's and of course the famous AA's

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    Les Andrew's method with the drill never worked for me. If the rods are repro's, they are probably solid:soak with Kroil, work the hinges, and drive out the rods with a punch. I set the hoods on 2 x 4's with the rod entering the space between the 2 x 4's. If they are original and split, it's a tougher job. Do as above but be sure the punch covers the circumferance of the split rod. Use light taps so you do not mushroom the end of the split rod. Once, and only once, I finally used a hack saw with a fine-toothed blade (32 tpi) and sawed between the hinges. Even when I had the hood finally apart, I still had to drive each 3" cut rod out of its frozen position. That hood, when done and put together, went back on my daily driver which is far from a fine point car. It has no visible saw marks, though.

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    • BILL WILLIAMSON
      BILL WILLIAMSON commented
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      I use wood dowels, soaked in Linseed Oil for hinge rods. NO squeak or rust!
      Dad Trick

    • pAAt
      pAAt commented
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      Thanks for that advice Bill !! That's what mine will be made out of now also Pat

  • #3
    I have used the Drill method but only after i was able to free the rod up. The drill helps walk it in and out easier than beating on it, especially after the hood is refinished

    Years ago K-DAd once used two drills
    4~ Tudor's
    1~ Coupe

    Henry Ford said,
    "It's all nuts and bolts"


    Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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    • Big hammer
      Big hammer commented
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      I'am thinking I used something inside the tube like a drill bit to clamp down on so not to deform the tube when using the drll trick.

  • #4
    I have had limited success in removing original hood rods. I have about 5 or 6 hoods that need taken apart to salvage the good panels. I plan to cut the bad next to the hinges and then cut the rod at the edge of each bad section. On the other hoods with all good panels I will have to find a different way. Rod
    "Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good." Thomas Sowell

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    • #5
      I have submerged them in evaporust using a long trough
      loosens it up damage free
      4~ Tudor's
      1~ Coupe

      Henry Ford said,
      "It's all nuts and bolts"


      Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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      • #6
        Question.....why cant they be lightly heated with a torch? Not red hot, just enough to break the rust free.

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        • #7
          I would hate to warp the hood sheetmetal. It is hard enough getting the dents and dings out along with getting the curves back to near perfect. I try not to make self inflicted work. Just my thoughts. Rod
          "Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good." Thomas Sowell

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          • Mitch
            Mitch commented
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            Agree

          • BILL WILLIAMSON
            BILL WILLIAMSON commented
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            "SELF INFLICTED WORK"---That's FUNNY! I'm sure we've ALL done that, SOME just don't admit their GOOF UPS!
            Dad Imperfect

          • Rowdy
            Rowdy commented
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            Bill, I meant it to be FUNNY. Hope Ed took it that way also. I often seem to offend when things are meant in a humorious way. Rod

        • #8
          I have a lot of success using diesel fuel in a trough as well, diesel todyay does not have the lubricity it once had but i have easily freed up hood hinges window regulators and the like this whay would be a little cheaper than evapo-rust.

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          • #9
            I have used a wide screw driver or putty knife to get into the seam underneath the center hinge and open up slightly after kroil .I had to do this after breaking a center hinge that was froze up and used the drill method going forward and reverse . You need to take time on the stubborn ones . Norm

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