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Hello, I am installing a fiberglass hood on my stang and a friend of mine told me that the stock springs on the hinges are too much for the fiberglass hood, he says they make a weaker spring just for fiberglass hoods. I cannot seem to find any, I was wondering if any of you have heard of these, and if so where I can find them. Thanks for your help! Kalin
 

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Branda carries them...your hood will still open and close etc. its just the extra stress over time that may put fine "stress" cracks in the hood (paint).
 

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Unless your hood has a FULL steel frame underneath (which is only available on one hood sold by Branda) do not use any springs no matter what line of crap the vendor gives you. Historically this is why Shelby went to a steel frame in part of '66, to address the bowing...

With a fiberglass hood you need to use a prop rod and a set of hood pins to have things go smoothly. The light tension springs combined with the fiberglass hood from MU was bowing up more than you would believe. I took out the springs over a year ago and luckily the hood has sat back down quite a bit.
 

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don't use springs.

Copy this implementation!

Get yourself some 1/8" (the diameter of the link material, not the link diameter) chain (no more than 1 foot required) and a karabiner. I attached the karabiner and chain to the hole in the hinge where the spring would normally attach and loop the chain over the hook on the hinge (where the other end of the hood spring would normally go) when the hood is raised. I simply cut off the links I didn't need and it hangs on the hinge when it is not in use. Cost me ~$5.00 for everything!!!!

I give credit to an R model 65 Shelby Mustang I saw. This actually might have been the original way the hoods were raised, I just don't know (and really don't care). I saw an idea I liked and implemented it!!!!
 

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That is what I was going to do in the mean time, I already ordered and hood pin kit and have removed the springs. I guess from your experiences, I had better just leave them off! I appreciate the undate, you guys may have saved me a hood down the road. Thank You!
 

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That is what I was going to do in the mean time, I already ordered a hood pin kit and have removed the springs. I guess from your experiences, I had better just leave them off! I appreciate the update, you guys may have saved me a hood down the road. Thank You!
 

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I found the lighter springs to be too much: I took them off and am using hood pins and am looking for a prop rod! You can get the lighter duty springs from Tony Branda (Shelby and Mustang parts).

If you are interested in mine - drop me a PM and we can work something out...
 
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