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Old March 24th, 2013, 03:24 AM
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Hood sticks up!

Ok. so this pissed me off for years that I could not get me hood to look right in the front, it kinda looked like it was not fully latched. I tried tightening the hood male piece (loosening the lock nut with a crescent wrench and using a flat head screw driver) that goes into the striker but upon doing that, the spring tension was putting a lot of stress on the hood latch cable. so finally last week, I unsrewed the hood pin, removed the spring and cut about 1.5 coils off of it and reinstalled it. Presto, the hood now sits nice and flush, the latch still works along with the cable. Problem solved. Just thought I would share.
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Old March 24th, 2013, 01:39 PM
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I will see if I can get some through my archives of the before.
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Old March 24th, 2013, 05:39 PM
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What about the screw rods to the left and right of the hood that act as buffers?
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What about the screw rods to the left and right of the hood that act as buffers?
yep those are the adjusters. On the older trucks the rubber pads/bumpers are often gone due to dry rot
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Old March 24th, 2013, 06:51 PM
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On my RRC I just put some rubber pipe/hose over the adjuster screws on each side so it can provide the correct tension on either side...works like a bloody charm!!
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Old March 24th, 2013, 08:03 PM
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When I saw the title of this thread I thought you had put soft top hoops up.
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Old March 25th, 2013, 01:34 AM
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hood

here is the before pic. And yep I did also adjust the hood height adjusters on both sides so not only does it shut tight it has the right amount of play from side to side. I think I picked up the rubber sleeves over those phillip head bolts from Rovahfarm
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Old March 25th, 2013, 04:32 PM
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Hey Clay would you have the template to darken out the hood? Or measurements, or a source where to get that decal?

PLEASE advise.

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Old March 25th, 2013, 04:42 PM
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Now it will overheat.

I liked the hood up look as I felt like I got a bit more cooling air in there.
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Old March 25th, 2013, 05:39 PM
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When I bought my 94 D90 new I questioned the hood being up and was told by the dealer service advisor that it was up to keep the V8 cooler. I've had 2 occasions when unknowing techs have slammed and beat my hood down to the point it has dents now.. I am always nearby for service or inspections and stress that the hood is indeed down as for as it is supposed to go..
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Old March 25th, 2013, 05:55 PM
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I had a guy flag me down at a light to tell me my hood was unlatched and sticking up. I told him it is supposed to be that way. He probably thought I was stupid.....
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Old March 25th, 2013, 11:30 PM
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I would have thought in most cases - having the air go through the rad, instead of over it would make the engine cooler.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 05:58 AM
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Agreed, it is a watercooled engine after all. Unless we are talking about everything other than the engine that has to deal with the V8's heat.
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