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    my 1960 hawk hood takes two men and a boy to lift. is there any adjustments on torsion rod? also where is fuse block?

  • #2
    There is no torsion rod. The springs on the hinges are not meant to hold up the hood. The prop rod holds the hood open.

    There is no fuse block. Most fuses are in the power leads to whatever accessory they are protecting.
    RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

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    • #3
      Most important, does your hood fasten down properly, as they are notorious for flying up while underway. Next are the hinges and springs. They must operate freely, and pair of springs assists the hood in shifting forward a few inches as you raise it the first 2-3 feet. The other pair pull the rear corners down snugly when the hood is closed.

      Unfortunately, unless you are willing to reengineer it, there's nothing you can do to lighten the weight of hood when lifted, except maybe start going to the gym.

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      • #4
        The rod that runs between the left and right hood hinges is there to keep both hinges moving together in unison. If it weren't there one side or the other could rise or fall independent of the other side and twist the hinges and drop a corner ,or side, of the hood on a fender. The only thing you can do to make lifting the hood easier, assuming all four correct springs are in the correct place, is to keep the hinges oiled and pull forward (toward front of car) on it as you lift.

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        • #5
          I have found that some people tighten the castle nuts on the hinges , They should be just snug and lubricated lightly and don't forget the cotter pins , Ed

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          • #6
            There have been a number of posts where people re-engineer the hood so that the rear opens up and it is hinged on the front. Some are complicated and some are simple, using barn door hinges.
            RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

            17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
            10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
            10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
            4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
            5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
            56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
            60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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