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dallastx75208
10-27-2009, 07:13 PM
What good are the hood springs if you still have to use the bar to hold up the hood?
The trunk is tough to lift up, should it be easier? Once up it will stay up.

63r2
10-27-2009, 07:20 PM
The trunk can be difficult to open and close at times especially if not used often. When mine starts to stiffen up I spray the hinges with lubricant and all is well again.
pb

Milaca
10-27-2009, 07:33 PM
I believe that the hood springs help direct the hinges up & down. I think the issue with these hoods is that they are very long and front heavy with the metal grill attached. If it relied on hinge springs to lift it, the hood might buckle. As for the trunk lid on my Hawk, it feels like you are lifting 50 pounds until its up part way and then it gets easy. When closing it slams hard if you dont hold back on it.

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63r2
10-27-2009, 07:49 PM
Forgot to mention that a friend installed struts to his GT hood.
So know it goes up by itself and stays up. He also set it up so that the hood sits higher and your less inclined to knock your head on the latch.
pb

Milaca
10-27-2009, 07:57 PM
quote:Originally posted by 63r2

Forgot to mention that a friend installed struts to his GT hood.
So know it goes up by itself and stays up. He also set it up so that the hood sits higher and your less inclined to knock your head on the latch.
pb

Dont the hoods and trunk lids on cars down under open up by themselves being that the continent is upside down? [8D]

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N8N
10-27-2009, 09:08 PM
if you don't have the springs on a Hawk hood you have to be real careful opening it not to send the corners into the cowl. Even with the springs, you should pull forward on it a little when opening.

nate

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63r2
10-28-2009, 08:50 AM
[/quote]
Dont the hoods and trunk lids on cars down under open up by themselves being that the continent is upside down? [8D]

You're looking at things the wrong way. We're on top of the world:D
pb

jimmijim8
10-28-2009, 08:59 AM
quote:Originally posted by 63r2

Forgot to mention that a friend installed struts to his GT hood.
So know it goes up by itself and stays up. He also set it up so that the hood sits higher and your less inclined to knock your head on the latch.
pb
Like to know more of this procedure. Any photos and tech info available. jimmijim

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63r2
10-28-2009, 09:28 AM
Photos might take a little time to get but I will give you a brief description.
Firstly he curved 2 pieces of square tube to the shape of the bonnet.
From memory they were about 20mm/25mm square so that they would fit inside the outer lip of the bonnet.
These were spot welded to the inside portion of that outer lip (one on each side) and are virtually unseen. He did this to stiffen up the bonnet to stop any kinking and to spread the load over a greater area.
To that was welded a small plate with a few holes (adjustment only) that one end of the strut was attached.
The other end of the strut was bolted to the inner fender on or around the little bulge that they have. That location point will of course depend on the length of the strut you buy. It works well and has the added effect of pushing the bonnet away from the cowling when lifting and the bonnet sits up higher with a clear work area . If you are patient I can get some photos and measurements.
pb

jimmijim8
10-28-2009, 12:53 PM
Patience is my middle name. thanks jimmijim

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63r2
10-31-2009, 04:43 AM
Some photos as requested.

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Sorry for the quality I was running out of battery.
Specifications
Tube size 22mm and rolled to the hoods shape.
Struts overall length 640mm (fully extended). Ram extends 290mm.
Pick up point on the hood is 450mm from outer hood bolt.
Any queries don't hesitate to email
pb

Milaca
10-31-2009, 12:54 PM
Hello Peter, this is very interesting. Thanks for posting the pics.

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ddub
10-31-2009, 01:24 PM
This looks like kit potential for some enterprising vendor. Who isn't tired of fighting these hoods?

Don Wilson
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64 Champ 1/2 ton
Centralia, WA

PeterHawk
11-06-2009, 08:27 PM
Redline Tuning of Dexter, Michigan (45 miles west of Detroit) has offered to evaluate making struts available for this type of installation. Can somebody with a GT Hawk, in that area, look them up and drive their GT over for the evaluation?

PeterHawk
11-06-2009, 08:31 PM
Redline Tuning of Dexter, Michigan (45 miles west of Detroit) has offered to evaluate a strut application for GT Hawks if anybody in the area can drive their GT over to them.

rkapteyn
11-07-2009, 08:07 AM
As a side note.
On the Hawks and Coupes ,inspect your hood hinges!!!
My friend hinges broke and he messed up his beautiful paint job.
Bob

jclary
11-07-2009, 08:45 AM
The springs are necessary to give controlling resistance. Also, they give stability as the hinges break over their peak "Pivot point." Once they are in their open or closed position, they also provide "stay" stability. If you have a few moments of meaningless life to kill...take you trunk hinge springs off, close the trunk, and go for a ride on a bumpy road. After that...you should never question the value of the springs again.(same for the hood):):):)

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63r2
11-07-2009, 10:34 AM
Peter
The struts came off the rear hatch door of Holden Commodore station wagon.It has a reasonably sized back door.
There must be an equivalent station wagon over there that would have a similar capacity and size strut to work.
If you have no luck email me and I will get a quote for the struts over here .
pb

63r2
11-07-2009, 10:35 AM
Peter
The struts came off the rear hatch door of Holden Commodore station wagon.It has a reasonably sized back door.
There must be an equivalent station wagon over there that would have a similar capacity and size strut to work.
If you have no luck email me and I will get a quote for the struts over here .
pb