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  • Frame / Springs: Hood hinge

    Hood on my 54 Coupe very hard to raise. Is there any type of hinge maintenance or adjustment to make it easier to raise?

  • #2
    Inspect hinges for wear. Oil hinges. Replace all 4 springs if missing or tired. Pull toward you when opening. Be thankful its not a Hawk.

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    • #3
      Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll start on it tomorrow.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by oilnsteel View Post
        Be thankful its not a Hawk.
        What Jim said!
        All C/K hoods are heavy; add the weight of the Hawk grill, and raising it is a question of mind over matter, unless everything is lubricated and adjusted as when new; and then still a task.
        A small price to pay for possessing these magnificent road machines.

        "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

        Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
        Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
        '33 Rockne 10,
        '51 Commander Starlight,
        '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
        '56 Sky Hawk

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        • #5
          I actually have a slight bend in the sheet metal at the rear corner of my hood above the hinge. Not sure when I did it but the hood has always been a chore to raise. Know idea what to do about the bend.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Ron Plantz View Post
            Know[sic] idea what to do about the bend.
            A body shop can straighten it.
            Classic Enterprises has produced a reinforcement for the notorious hood corners, which are usually deformed when owners don't realize the hood needs pulled forward before, or in the process of being raised.
            https://www.classicent.com/studebake...-hawks/Support
            "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

            Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
            Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
            '33 Rockne 10,
            '51 Commander Starlight,
            '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
            '56 Sky Hawk

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            • #7
              The kit looks like a good preventative option. Does the typical kink repair involve a repaint?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Ron Plantz View Post
                Does the typical kink repair involve a repaint?
                Depending on severity, and skill of the body shop, quite probably.
                "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

                Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
                Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                '33 Rockne 10,
                '51 Commander Starlight,
                '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
                '56 Sky Hawk

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