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Old 08-23-2012, 07:00 PM
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Hood springs

I know this is not the parts wanted section, but I need both springs for my 59 hood. Any help?? Thanks
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:31 PM
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Why don't you place an add in the Classifieds?If everyone ignores that guideline,the forum gets pretty clogged up with ads (What the Classified section is for).
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A good pair of hood springs is a rare find. I found a pair by chance surfing the net. Ebay is the best source I can recommend since most vehicles from our era gets parted out if their not up and running. I've had good luck there finding most of my the parts.
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Sorry, I thought this section would be more revelent to a 59. I'll keep up my search. Thanks
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Sorry, I thought this section would be more revelent to a 59. I'll keep up my search. Thanks
Well, the parts wanted section won't let me post until I have 25 posts.
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Why don't you place an ad in the Classifieds? If everyone ignores that guideline, the forum gets pretty clogged up with ads (What the Classified section is for).
Steve, there is no FTE Guideline for Parts Wanted. FTE Guidelines say: No parts or vehicles FOR SALE in threads.

How many people that own like trucks respond to Parts Wanted in the ad forum? Waltz over there, see how many responses you can find. It's FTE's version of Death Valley.

If members want parts, it makes far more sense to ask for them in the same forum where other members have the same old rolling piles of misery.
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There are TWO different types of hood springs, they do not interchange.

1957/59 as original: B7C-16789-A .. Hood Spring / Obsolete ~ No Ford Dealer or obsolete parts vendor has any.

In 1960, the IDIOTS at FoMoCo replaced the 1957/59 hood springs and the hood hinges with 1960 hood hinges and springs.

The springs used with these 1960 hinges: COTB-16789-B will not work with the original 1957/59 hinges.

The problem today is: Which hinges/springs are present on 1957/59's? Are they the originals, or the 1960 replacements?

COTB-16789-B .. Hood Spring / Obsolete ~ No Ford Dealer or obsolete parts vendor has any.
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This is what I have had to do sometimes. Measure the length of your springs with the hood open. Then remove them and measure again. Then measure the diameter of the wire they are made of.

The next time you are at a junkyard, measure springs on the cars and trucks there and get a set that is close. Try to get a set from something that has a heavy hood.

Another thing I have done is get a spring that will fit inside the original one to "help it out". An industrial supplier like Grainger or McMaster-Carr usually sells springs.
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This is what I have had to do sometimes. Measure the length of your springs with the hood open. Then remove them and measure again. Then measure the diameter of the wire they are made of.

The next time you are at a junkyard, measure springs on the cars and trucks there and get a set that is close. Try to get a set from something that has a heavy hood.

Another thing I have done is get a spring that will fit inside the original one to "help it out". An industrial supplier like Grainger or McMaster-Carr usually sells springs.
That sounds like a good idea. However, mine came with no springs on either hinge. I have it propped up with a 2x4. Could someone measure theirs for me to get an idea? I have 2 extra springs from my heavy hooded Olds, but the hooks on them are in opposite directions and don't line up. Any pics of what to look for?
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IMHO a 2x4 is overkill. I have a 1/2" dowel that sits in front of my radiator when it isn't propping the hood up. That hood seems to creep down really slowly until it gets about 1/3 of the way down, then it slams shut like a giant rat trap. Don't ask how I know..............
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try doing a google search for rpm motorsports in minnesota. they might have the hinges you need. it will pull up a couple sites for atv's so just scroll down a few.

GB, do you have your springs on the tightest setting? if not do that washer trick. i have mine on the third notch now and the first time i opened it i thought it was gonna fly up and break my windshield. doesnt creep down anymore now. i wish i would have known that easy fix 15 years ago.
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Kevin, I posted awhile back about my hood springs.http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/11...d+hood+springs
In this thread there is good info and pictures of my springs along with some measurements.
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Kevin, I posted awhile back about my hood springs.http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/11...d+hood+springs
In this thread there is good info and pictures of my springs along with some measurements.
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Thanks. That was a help. It turns out the right side hinge is a 60 and the left is a 59. I will keep looking. If anyone has a set of hinges and springs, that they are willing to part with, let me know.
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Thanks T-snow, sounds encouraging! I'll try it today after I finish up my spare tire carrier. Of course there IS the saturday honey-do list..... Just to re-cap, mine are in the center position, if I remember correctly I move the hinge hook forward, right?
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Thanks. That was a help. It turns out the right side hinge is a 60 and the left is a 59. I will keep looking. If anyone has a set of hinges and springs, that they are willing to part with, let me know.
call riff here's the info he has ton of fridges and parts as well as slicks bumps dents and bull noses here's the info it's in southern Nevada so rust free also http://classicfordtrucks.shutterfly.com/ tell him Jason sent you
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call riff here's the info he has ton of fridges and parts as well as slicks bumps dents and bull noses here's the info it's in southern Nevada so rust free also http://classicfordtrucks.shutterfly.com/ tell him Jason sent you
Thanks, I will try them on Monday!
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