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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-17-2018, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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Hood hinge spring

There's got to be a simple trick to installing a new hood hinge spring. Yikes these things are strong! Any suggestions?? Thanks!!!!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-17-2018, 08:53 PM
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I use a brake spring installation tool to put them on.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-18-2018, 08:46 AM
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I'm working on my 67 Impala & did that just a few days ago. My hinges were off the car. I clamped 1 of the spring ends in a vise, then bent the spring in 1 direction, inserted a washer, bent it in the other direction, inserted a washer and kept doing that until I got the spring stretched out enough to fit the hinge. Then with a pair of pliers I just started removing the washers. It worked.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-20-2018, 02:34 PM
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There's a tool that makes it a 2 minute job if you can find one for sale. Bought mine a few years ago.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/CHEVROLET-H...-/182114128051

1969 Imapala convertible build thread here:
https://www.pro-touring.com/threads/...ghlight=impala
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-20-2018, 02:43 PM
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Like I said I use this tool (mine is a New Britain I bought at NAPA decades ago, but it is the same style):

https://www.lowes.com/pd/KD-Tools-Au...RoCWesQAvD_BwE

You put the black end over the hood hinge top and slide the spring up and over along the steel rod that forms the handle of the brake plier tool. It is how you install the brake return spring if you have drum brakes.

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