Chris, thanks for all the pictures! Do you have any pics of your modified hood latch?
And another question (I know, I'm getting greedy) about the bottom support brackets you made… Your solution seems to be similar to most others that I've seen, but it requires welding. The angle piece you used basically is welded to the inside edge of the square tube. How long would that bottom leg of the angle have to be to come flush to the far edge, closest to the bumper? Here's my idea, use a piece of angle that is thicker and bigger, your dimension will tell me how big it has to be. I cut a piece of paper because it was easier that describing my thought…I think 1/4" thick angle would be sufficient. Your thoughts?
Your welcome. I will try and get some pics of the hood latch for you. Some guys just cut the strap and leave it off, which I think would work fine, it doesn't support much I don't think. I just welded a piece of strap iron to the latch plate.
I think your idea for the brackets would work fine as long as it is thick enough, like you said a 1/4 or more. I'll get some measurements for you as well.
I actually did something similar i welded tab from the hot side pipe to the top of the A/C mount bolt. It ripped off after a year or so due to the rigid mounting. I patched it and left it alone without remounting it to the A/C, no problems since
Yep prob not the best thing to do, I removed my support brackets after Jim and Travis posted. I have since changed the dimensions on my pipes to minimize rubbing and its working great. I'll try and get some updated pics and post them up as an update to this.
Thanks for the kind words Phil and JP. I hope it helps somebody be able to put in their IC with less trouble.
Lol JP, "Great Scott!" that is a relay that the original owner put in. He had a bed cap and some lights in the bed. I just left it just in case I need it someday.
Depending on what IC you use, the hood latch support strap needs to be flattened, cut out, or weld a new strap in as I did. The factory strap will hit the IC if the IC is mounted close to the a/c condensor/radiator. The hood latch lever will also need bent to allow it to move without hitting the IC.