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While putting my hood back on my 65 mustang one of the nuts broke loose now the bolt is half way in. I'm not sure what to do. The car is done as in painted.

What are my options? Thanks for any advice.

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Send a pic. "one of the nuts broke loose "? You are, talking about hood hinges, correct? Shouldn't they be bolts? Did the threads strip?
 

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It's the captive nut inside the hood broke loose as the nut was being tightened. There are 2 bolts/nuts on each side of the hood. Now the back of the hood doesn't close completely. Nothing has been stripped per se.
 

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If there is enough thread too put vice grips on.

Not sure what you mean. It spins in the hole. There is no way I can turn the bolt. the nut left is "mooring" if you know what I mean. The only way the bolt is coming off is if I cut it off and then the nut would drop somewhere in the bottom of the hood.


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I think your only hope is to pull down hard enough on the bolt that it unscrews from the nut then 2 people holding the hood and titling back and forth to work the nut out of one of the holes in the brace. Remember the old wooden toys that had a BB to get through a maze.
They make captive nuts that go on from the outside but I cant picture what you actually need.
 

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I think your only hope is to pull down hard enough on the bolt that it unscrews from the nut then 2 people holding the hood and titling back and forth to work the nut out of one of the holes in the brace. Remember the old wooden toys that had a BB to get through a maze.
They make captive nuts that go on from the outside but I cant picture what you actually need.

Now were getting closer..can you tell me how the bolts are held into place for the hood? I assumed there was a nut behind the hood or - is it just drilled into a thick piece of steel like seat bolt anchors? If this was the case why would the bolt spin?,


Thanks - Dean
 

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It's the captive nut inside the hood broke loose as the nut was being tightened. There are 2 bolts/nuts on each side of the hood. Now the back of the hood doesn't close completely. Nothing has been stripped per se.
Ugh? That's Biatch?
 

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Which one is it? Front or rear? Either one, you might be able to get away with drilling an extra hole, about 1" diameter and see if you can somehow fish a nut with a star washer in there to catch the bolt. This method might compromise the structure though.
Otherwise you'll have to cut the old one out and weld a new one in.
Either way, it's going to require some surgery.

… Still trying to think of a way to get a clip-nut in there...
 

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Ugh? That's Biatch?

Yeh tell me about this car is nothing but a headache. Its been one thing after another - But I may have an idea that might not cost me a thousand bucks in cutting/welding and a respray. If I have enough threads showing is to cut off the head of the bolt and slip a washer and nut on the end of it. I just need to have enough thread to do it.


Any other suggestions?
 

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Whack the head off the bolt, pull the rest of the bolts, flip the hood upside down on something nice and soft and "surgically" remove the nut. I can't remember if it's a captive nut, a J-nut or affixed to a plate inside the hood frame but patience will get it fixed.
 

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Which one is it? Front or rear? Either one, you might be able to get away with drilling an extra hole, about 1" diameter and see if you can somehow fish a nut with a star washer in there to catch the bolt. This method might compromise the structure though.
Otherwise you'll have to cut the old one out and weld a new one in.
Either way, it's going to require some surgery.

… Still trying to think of a way to get a clip-nut in there...

Thanks for the suggestion - its the rear one. I'm at a loss. I don't have a welder and not the car is concours or anything but its nice and do want

keep it from looking too half assed ,
 

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you could try grinding the head of the bolt off and thread a nut on the threads left and gently tighten the nut while someone holds the hood against the hinge. Wes
 

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Your idea sounds like it could work. If it doesn't, and you're confident you've got the hinge in the right spot you could tack weld the hinge to the hood.
 

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Thanks guys for the suggestions.. If could some how replace the nut but I'm too see tomorrow what threads are left. Hoping for the best,
 

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Pretty simple fix. Protect the car with blankets or something, take a hand grinder with a cut off wheel, carefully cut the head of the offending bolt off. Remove remaining 3 bolts, remove hood. Remainder of bolt will be in what’s left of the J clip, fish that out, remove broken J clip. Install new J clip, reinstall hood with new proper 5/16 bolt. Drink beer.
 

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Since you're in an awkward situation with the hood being half installed, I ditto Woodchucks suggestion. If nothing else, it allows for more thought and a better position to "get at it".
Get a few closeup pics too that we can help analyze the culprit.
 

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Pretty simple fix. Protect the car with blankets or something, take a hand grinder with a cut off wheel, carefully cut the head of the offending bolt off. Remove remaining 3 bolts, remove hood. Remainder of bolt will be in what’s left of the J clip, fish that out, remove broken J clip. Install new J clip, reinstall hood with new proper 5/16 bolt. Drink beer.
Are you sure there are J clips on the hood ?
 

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Every Ford hood I’ve ever pulled, Mustang, Torino , Lincoln, Truck ect always used J clips. Even if no J clip, he still has to get the hood off to make some sort of repair.
 
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