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Any hood hinge replacement tips? (1/7)
 3/4/19 4:38pm
F4Gary
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Grapevine, TX - USA

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Took my hood off to fix a hood rubbing issue and found that my old hinges are all worn out and floppy.
So I just got new ones from Corvette America and boy are they tight.
Seems like it will be easier to mount them to the car first and then my son and I can try and hold the hood and put the bolts in. 
I marked where the old ones mounted to the car so hopefully this will be easy.Shocked

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Re: Any hood hinge replacement tips? (2/7)
 3/4/19 10:19pm
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Hey Gary, no particular tips on hood replacement other than “slow and easy”. Marking the placement of the previous hinges is a good place to start and I have always mounted the hinges to the inner fenders prior to installing the hood. When you’ve got it bolted up close, lower the hood carefully to make sure the front tip of the hood clears the surround up by the headlights. Once you’re close it just a matter of small adjustments to get the gaps straight and even. Good luck !!

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Re: Any hood hinge replacement tips? (3/7)
 3/5/19 3:01am
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Just be sure that latches are lined up good before you shut it. If they're
 not close, it can be hard to get it open. Don't ask me how I know.

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Re: Any hood hinge replacement tips? (4/7)
 3/8/19 1:15pm
danascar
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Germansville, PA - USA

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May be too late now but I always mark outline of hinge onto the hood so the hinges are very close to where they should be when hood is reinstalled. If hood is already off maybe you can see marks on the hood from old hinges and get as close to that as possible.

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Re: Any hood hinge replacement tips? (5/7)
 3/8/19 3:16pm
F4Gary
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I got it all back together.  I'm not 100% happy with the fit, but it works for now.
One of the brand new hinges actually came apart at the rivet Censored so I put one of the old worn hinges back on.
The new ones are very stiff.  Maybe that was the problem with the broken one.


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Re: Any hood hinge replacement tips? (6/7)
 3/11/19 7:38am
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While you are in the middle of looking for a more permanent fix, be looking around for your hinge replacement from known Corvette junkyards.
 
I would not be surprised that your new replacement hinge was of a cheap Asian knockoff. I had the same thing happen with my Corvette mechanic, on my '82. Cheap hinge and cheap hood release (Asian) cable...both replaced back with the originals until I could find a donor car.
 
Try these guys:
 

Corvette Generation

16541 US 301

Dade City FL 33523

352-523-0900

 
I have names and addresses of other Corvette junkyards if you want some. Can't guarantee the accuracy of the phone numbers however. Cool

 

Re: Any hood hinge replacement tips? (7/7)
 3/12/19 1:39am
73shark
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Try Contemporary Corvettes in Bristol, PA.

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