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    I have heard complaints about Studebaker staying with hood prop rods. However, after the gas hood supports suddenly failed on my Ram truck, I decided I needed something better. With no warning, the hood slammed with the force of a wayward guillotine! Fortunately I was out of the way. After checking prices of new gas springs...my solution...a good old dependable prop rod.

    Sorry about the sideway pic. I don't know how to rotate it on this iPhone.


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    John Clary
    Greer, SC

    SDC member since 1975

  • #2
    Come on John you know when you replace a part like that it is suppose to be a redneck 2x4.

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    • #3
      Hood props are GOOD ! My wife's 2009 Miata has one too ! (factory)

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      • #4
        Shoudda got a Studebaker!
        StudeRich
        Second Generation Stude Driver,
        Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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        • #5
          Hope that is a genuine Studebaker prop!
          Lou Van Anne
          62 Champ
          64 R2 GT Hawk
          79 Avanti II

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          • #6
            i had the same problem with my '06 Volvo. i used a spare shower curtain rod that's adjustable. works great. will replace the hood support rod at some point soon. but as i have found out, Volvo parts ain't cheap!
            Kerry. SDC Member #A012596W. ENCSDC member.

            '51 Champion Business Coupe - (Tom's Car). Purchased 11/2012.

            '40 Champion. sold 10/11. '63 Avanti R-1384. sold 12/10.

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            • #7
              For my '04 Pontiac G/P I used a piece of pvc tube cut to snap over the rod on the lift. I made a holder to store it on the fuse box. No more problem! By the way, the only support rod that fits an '04 G/P is an '04 G/P, great engineering! -Jim

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              • #8
                Sometimes the old way is the best. You won't lose your head with that.
                Ed Sallia
                Dundee, OR

                Sol Lucet Omnibus

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Lou Van Anne View Post
                  Hope that is a genuine Studebaker prop!
                  Actually, it was a garden flag holder. I was able to use an existing hole in the cross piece.
                  With a little creative cutting and bending, it works great and stores away as neat as the ones on my Studebaker

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                  John Clary
                  Greer, SC

                  SDC member since 1975

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                  • #10
                    I was gonna ask what. model Studebaker your prop rod came from, but never mind......m
                    Howard - Los Angeles chapter SDC
                    '53 Commander Starliner (Finally running and driving, but still in process)
                    '56 Golden Hawk (3 speed/overdrive, Power steering - Running, but not yet driving)
                    '62 GT Hawk (4 speed, A/C, Power steering - running and DRIVING!)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by j.byrd View Post
                      Hood props are GOOD ! My wife's 2009 Miata has one too ! (factory)
                      I recall having a Miata (MX5) twenty years ago & those Mazda hoods were so light. Far different to my '64 Hawk which gets heavier to lift as i get older!!

                      \"QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER\"
                      MELBOURNE.

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                      • #12
                        Go to: "SPD" spdhardware.com They distribute just about any gas strut you can imagine. If I had to guess, you probably have a pair of 50# struts holding up the hood. Measure them but if it's close, it would be part #6173 & should cost about $23.00 each.
                        "Every man I meet on the street is superior to me in some respect, and from that I can learn."
                        R.W. Emerson

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                        • #13
                          "Sorry about the sideway pic. I don't know how to rotate it on this iPhone. "

                          Rotate the i-Phone!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by GrumpyOne View Post
                            "Sorry about the sideway pic. I don't know how to rotate it on this iPhone. "

                            Rotate the i-Phone!
                            I kinda accidentally stumbled upon that little fact later in the day when I took the pics for my last post. Wish I was smart enough to "figger" it out earlier, but discovering that was purely an accident of the way I held the camera.
                            John Clary
                            Greer, SC

                            SDC member since 1975

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                            • #15
                              My 2017 Honda Ridgeline has a hood prop.

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