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Old 06-30-2015, 12:32 PM
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There have been numerous posts here about front and rear springs for our TBirds. Here is another area where springs are a problem. The Trunk and Hood. How many Squarebirds have you seen with a stick holding up the hood or trunk? Ever had a small breeze blow and the hood come down on you? I searched and searched for a company that might have new springs and even sent all the specs to a spring company, only to have them come back and say they wouldn't make them.
Has anyone found a source or good solution to keeping our hoods and trunks open? I already changed the trunk hinges once and thought all was good until the body shop was done with the car and now the trunk barely stays up again.
I'm about ready to drill a hold through the hood hinges for a pin that will lock it in the up position. Anyone ever tried this?
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Old 06-30-2015, 01:51 PM
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There have been numerous posts here about front and rear springs for our TBirds. Here is another area where springs are a problem. The Trunk and Hood. How many Squarebirds have you seen with a stick holding up the hood or trunk? Ever had a small breeze blow and the hood come down on you? I searched and searched for a company that might have new springs and even sent all the specs to a spring company, only to have them come back and say they wouldn't make them.
Has anyone found a source or good solution to keeping our hoods and trunks open? I already changed the trunk hinges once and thought all was good until the body shop was done with the car and now the trunk barely stays up again.
I'm about ready to drill a hold through the hood hinges for a pin that will lock it in the up position. Anyone ever tried this?
Nyles
Here is the solution we came up with.

Small section of square tube with a piece of stainless bar that fits snug in the tube with a slight bend. You swivel it in place to hold the hood up and swivel it back out of the way to put the hood down.

You have to remember to move it out of the way before pushing the hood down for obvious reasons. The main one, it does wedge the stainless piece in a bit and makes it a bit harder to move out of the way.


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Check with Bob's Bird House as they have been in contact with a man who makes these springs out of stainless.
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Carl:
Thanks for the heads up. I will call them.
Have you ever tried to change the trunk springs? I have had the hood springs off and although it took a while, I finally got them back together.
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Nyles, somewhere on here in past years, I remember reading something that was posted, perhaps by Alexander, that trying to take out the springs in the trunk was difficult and had to be done with care. The risk was, as I recall, that the spring could pop out and fly through the air, and hit you. Or hit something else. Hopefully, Carl, jopizz, or Dave can comment on this, or someone else who might have been down that road before.
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Ray:
The trunk springs are definitely bigger than the hood springs and the hood springs were difficult enough to work with.
I am trying another approach with the trunk and will post here if the modifications work. Won't know until I get the trunk back on the car.
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Check with Bob's Bird House as they have been in contact with a man who makes these springs out of stainless.
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Carl:
I did call the Bird House today and had a nice chat with Chas. Guess you guys know each other pretty well. He said he did have a supplier for new hood springs, but they are for the 61-64 model years. He said he will check with the supplier and see how much it would be to make some for the 58-60 Squarebirds. There may be hope for our falling hood syndrome.
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