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any special trick to get hood off?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 84gmcjimmy, Sep 1, 2004.

  1. 84gmcjimmy

    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    I was looking at it a week ago (please excuse me if my memory failed) but it looks like on of the mounting bolts are in a tight spot... what I am trying to say, is there any trick to get it off... I am talking about the hinge for the hood, not just the hood... i am very tired. any help is good... I plan to try to take it off tomorrow...

    what about the front fenders... any tricks?
     
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    On an '81-'87/'91 style hood, there should just be 4 bolts per side, 1/2 inch heads. The hood hinges are two pieces, the part that mounts to the fender, and the part that mounts to the firewall. There are two bolts per piece that thread into the side of the hood that you can see when it's open, so a total of 8 bolts to get the hood off.

    On fenders.... if you are stripping it down or taking it all apart for now, just oull the whole front clip. I think its a total off 12 bolts to pull off both fenders and core support together, and one wiring harness from the fuse box and ground wire to the frame. And maybe A/C stuff. Just pulling one fender at a time means taking out like over 20 bolts pers fender, some in tight spots. The whole front clip: Two body mount bolts (3/4") under the core support, two bolts (9/16") atop the sides of the firewall, two bolts (9/16") behind the door into the side of the firewall, 4 bolts (9/16") through the inner fenderwell to the cab, and two bolts (9/16") underneath the back of the fenders pointed outward through the rocker panel into the fender.
     
  3. 84gmcjimmy

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    woah thanks... that helps alot /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
    I feel more confident now /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif
     
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    Just pull the whole front clip as an assembly. Goes alot quicker and easier that way /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    thats a tough one...maybe lube? /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    any special trick to get hood off?

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    thats a tough one...maybe lube? /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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    Common now, no corrupting the children around here /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     
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    what do I need to get the whole front clip off? do I need to take anything off? sorry if this is stupid, but I'm not looking at it right now so I dont know...
     
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    Two bolts under the core support (leave the radiator in it but unhook the radiator hoses and tranny cooler lines). A few bolts between the outer fender and body and a couple inside the wheel well holding the inner fender to the body. Of coarse you have to take the hood off before all of this on a 81-87(91). Then with two people lifting at the wheel wells it will lift off and stay in one piece.
     
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    One other thing. That small piece of sheet metal behind the hood has to come off so you can get to the top bolts holding the fenders on (81-87/91 only).
     
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    okay thanks kenny, how flimspy will it be when I lift it up? not very flimsy i guess, its meant to take abuse...
    how can I store it? /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    Just put some 2x4's under it to keep it off the ground. The front clip is very sturdy like that and easy to store sitting upright. Just set the hood back down on it and it will be protected as well as it was on the truck.
     
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    okay sounds good.
    Thanks for the help /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    okay sounds good.
    Thanks for the help /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    What about the wiring harness for the headlights, wiper fluid hose, and hood release cable?
     
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    oh no, I forgot about those... I won't be using a hood release, so I can scrap that... the wiperfluid hose won't be a problem... and I just need to figure out how to unhook the lights...
     

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