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6/19/12 7:34pm - Original Message: 'Hood Support 'Shim''
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I was at a show a while back and another '74 owner told me that where the hood support is bolted to the front quarter panel, there should be a piece of metal that basically spreads out the weight of the hood over a larger area when the hood's up.
 
Since then I've looked and seen them on other cars, and wouldn't mind adding one to my car (it makes sense, and I would certainly prefer it to the fiberglass breaking).  But I haven't seen the part in any of my catalogs.
 
Anyone know the part I'm talking about and have an idea where I can/should look for one?
 
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6/19/12 10:08pm - Reply: 'Re: Hood Support 'Shim''
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Marshall, I will look at Bloomington Gold for one!

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6/20/12 9:39am - Reply: 'Re: Hood Support 'Shim''
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Is this what you are looking for?........http://www.ecklerscorvette.com/corvette-hood-hinge-shim-kit-1963-1982.html

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6/20/12 12:00pm - Reply: 'Re: Hood Support 'Shim''
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Naw Larry...those are hood HINGE shims. He's axing aboot the hood support, where it bolts up to the fender.
Here's the support, and then the "shim" that Marshall is talkin aboot....

Corvette Hood Support, 1973M-1976Corvette Hood Support Lower Reinforcement Plate, 1969-1982



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6/21/12 4:17am - Reply: 'Re: Hood Support 'Shim''
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As usual Joel, you got it!
 
Were those stock on '74's?  Even if not, it seems like a good idea and I would imagine it would bolt right in...  right?


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6/21/12 6:30am - Reply: 'Re: Hood Support 'Shim''
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Marshall, if memory serves(and it usually don't, in my case), the support "shim" was added sometime during production. IF this is the case, then early build car may not have it. My June '74 car does. I'd have to get my AIM out to confirm. It is a good addition to ANY Shark car that does not have one, as if does help spread the load over a larger area of the fender lip. Not much, mind you, but every little bit helps. The added weight of the fresh air door mechanism in the hood, and the thinner body panel(hood surround) pressing made that area vulnerable to flexing.

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6/21/12 8:26am - Reply: 'Re: Hood Support 'Shim''
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Adams' Apple said: Naw Larry...those are hood HINGE shims. He's axing aboot the hood support, where it bolts up to the fender.
Here's the support, and then the "shim" that Marshall is talkin aboot....

Corvette Hood Support, 1973M-1976Corvette Hood Support Lower Reinforcement Plate, 1969-1982


Thanks Joel, now I see what Marshall is talking aboutThumbs Up. I actually have that due to my Corvette was one of the last 74's built. It was delivered Oct, 3 1974.

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6/22/12 4:29am - Reply: 'Re: Hood Support 'Shim''
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Mine fell between the two of yours - VIN 21006 for 1974. Wonder who removed it before I got the car and why...

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6/22/12 6:23am - Reply: 'Re: Hood Support 'Shim''
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The AIM shows the "Special Washer" as far back as Feb '72, so it has been installed at least that long. It's possible, but not likely, that they had a shortage of them the day Marshall's car was assembled. The more likely scenario is that someone forgot to re-install it at some point, after repairs. Whatever the reason, it does help keep the fender lip fron breaking, or flexing. Remember, tho, that the support bracket is also bolted to the inner wheelwell, so the fender lip is not the only support there is for when the hood is open.
Marshall, has your car ever been repainted, or had any paint work done on the front end?




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6/22/12 7:11am - Reply: 'Re: Hood Support 'Shim''
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Marshall, just fabricate one.

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6/22/12 11:10am - Reply: 'Re: Hood Support 'Shim''
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Eckler's has it for $5....other's may also carry them....

http://www.ecklerscorvette.com/corvette-hood-support-lower-reinforcement-plate-1969-1982.html


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6/22/12 8:01pm - Reply: 'Re: Hood Support 'Shim''
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It was repainted before I got it and the fenders are not original...  That's prolly it.
 
Thanks for all the info!


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