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Username Post: Another hood springs discussion!        (Topic#365945)
alltak 
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07-29-21 10:12 AM - Post#2824113    

While there are several posts about these springs, I could not find one that addresses my particular issue.

I bought new springs from NCA, just for the reason they were black and did not charge you $30 to ship them. The right side of the hood would always stick up about 1/2 inch, which would have to be pushed down, but now it is much worse with the new springs.

The top of the spring now hits the bottom of the hinge on the right side (first pic). The left side is extremely close but just appears to "rub" a little. I should mention that I do not have the stops on the cowl installed. The hood lined up pretty decent before and moving the brackets will change that.

I have a few ideas, but thought I would get some additional thoughts from the experts.

As always Thank you!
Terry

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eplantage 
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07-29-21 10:40 AM - Post#2824114    
    In response to alltak

Looks like your car is a 53-54. The springs were a smaller diameter than previous years. Could it be that you have the larger 49-52 springs?

Age: 67 at the moment
1950 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1953 BelAir Convertible Project
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alltak 
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07-29-21 10:55 AM - Post#2824115    
    In response to eplantage

There are the same length and width as the ones I replaced. Same number of coils too (22?) Since they were described as 53-54, I would assume there are right but you never know...



 
eplantage 
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07-29-21 11:55 AM - Post#2824117    
    In response to alltak

Have you tried switching them end for end? One leg is longer, I believe, on the spring. That may enable it to get past the cowl.

Age: 67 at the moment
1950 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1953 BelAir Convertible Project
2002 Heritage Springer FLSTSI
1930 Model A Standard Coupe


 
alltak 
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07-29-21 08:15 PM - Post#2824138    
    In response to eplantage

yea i have the long end up. The other way would hit right away.



 
coachfrank 
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07-30-21 06:26 AM - Post#2824156    
    In response to alltak

I have a similar problem with NCA springs. The hood does not stay open as far as it should and I have to push the right side to get it to close! After doing some searching and reading, the POWDERCOATED springs do not function as well as non-coated ones. I have read that the powder- coating takes some of the strength out of the springs! You may be experiencing the problem due to that! Just a guess on my part!!!!


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alltak 
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07-30-21 09:45 AM - Post#2824163    
    In response to coachfrank

Thats the strange thing, the hood stays up fine now. The hinges were painted and thinking now, it is not allowing the hinge to rotate properly. Hate to oil them, but may be the only option...



 
alltak 
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07-30-21 09:48 AM - Post#2824164    
    In response to alltak

I put a video here if anyone can see what the deal is..


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RAM_51 
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07-30-21 04:24 PM - Post#2824179    
    In response to alltak

If the hood was raising up at the rear when the hood was closed....that's the way I'm understanding it, it may be that the hood panel was never properly fit. The best I can do is share this Service News issue which describes fitting body panels. Hot-link is at the bottom:



LINK:
https://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/bulletins/53...

1951 Fleetline Preservation
'51 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 DOOR SEDAN (Fathom Green)
'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
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alltak 
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07-30-21 05:50 PM - Post#2824183    
    In response to RAM_51

Thanks everyone for your input. Turns out that the new springs long piece is about 3/4' shorter. Back to the drawing board...



 


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