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    Today I woke up thinking about something that has troubled me for awhile. So, in my brilliance came up with a fix.

    How many of you through the winter will have the radiator out and off the car? Well, since you will be removing the support rods and will need to do the readjustment for the distance between the radiator and firewall to get the perfect hood fit, do this first. Before you start pulling things apart, get [email protected] 5/16x24 nuts and one at a time, remove just the radiator end of either support rod and remove the washers, and thread back beyond mount both nuts. Now, install one of the new nuts and the washers and slip the rod back into the slot, now bring the first of the original nuts up against the mount, then bring the second nut up behind the first nut and tighten these two nuts together, effectively using them as jam nuts to hold the distance you now already have that you know gives you the good hood fit. Now, you can bring the new nut up against the mount with the washers and it is set for reassembly when you have whatever you were working on fixed.

    Well, since there is a problem with me getting my mailings, pictures will be forthcoming.

    Last edited by DaWizard; 11-29-2017, 01:23 AM. Reason: FINALLY got the thrice damned pictures in the email!!!
    You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

  • #2
    Lot of extra work in my opinion. Just loosen the front nut, loosen the nut on the f/wall, remove the hood and rods.....................
    Paul in CT


    • #3
      Sorry Paul if I wasn't clear what I was doing here.

      This is a fix to maintain the distance from the firewall to keep the good hood fit.

      Yes, it is some work, but when you go to replace the hood after finishing all the winter's work, this saves you from needing to readjust the distance for that hood fit.
      You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!


        BILL WILLIAMSON commented
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        All I think about, when I get up is, "P", Pain-Pills & COFFEE!---I have to be TOTALLY RETRAINED, every Morning!!

      • 2manycars
        2manycars commented
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        Paul is right. If you do not disturb the rear nut, it all goes back the way it was. I have done this countless times in 50 years.

    • #4
      Makes sense to me.


      • #5
        That will work. I would replace the std nut with a nylon nut, once in place can stay there.


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