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Hood braces

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Muddytazz, Dec 11, 2002.

  1. Muddytazz

    Muddytazz 1 ton status

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    Those hood braces that companies sell to help from kinking the hood at the hinge....Do they really work, does anyone have any pics of those things on or off the hood?
     
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    They look a little cheesy - I have some installed on my truck.
    Too dark to take a pic, sorry.
    They do what they are supposed to, though.
    -- Mike
     
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    I was mostly curious on the thickness and how they are shaped, cause looking at my hood, they almost looked as though they need to be shaped....was thinking about making my own a little stronger, cause i do agree with you, looking at the ones in the LMC catalog look cheesy.
     
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    they work...
     
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    Feel free to make your own, but the point is to NOT make them very strong.
    You hood still needs to crumple in the case of an accident.
    Yeah, they do have a slight bend in them where it mounts to the hood spring perch (or whatever you call it.)

    -- Mike
     
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    True, i was just thinking about using 1/8" thick strap steel. That is why i was wondering about the bend in it.
     
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    i have a set of the lmc hood braces 20$ and they are yours . /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif unless lmc sell them for less of course
     
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    Have them and still folded the hood /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif well it was folded on one side and I put the brace on. Screws worked loose.
    I'm getting ready to swap hoods so no big deal but I'll be welding the braces on the new one so they coant come loose again. Also putting better hinges on the truck.
     
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    Yeah, the hood that is on right now is all jacked at present, I've got a perfect rust-free, dent and ding free used hood to put on, just want to be able to get to it before it happens....welding it on sounds like a good idea.
     
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    To all of you guys.
    I have owned so many GM trcuks and the only cure to hose problems is a well lubed hinge system.
    Now once you bend the hood it's done, it will always have the weekness and better to get another.
    I never had problems in the trucks that were maintained right and lubed on the hinges.
    The ones I bought from abusive owners were bent.
    When they get dry or rust they bind and you try and force them and you bend the hood.
     
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    Well a lot of the problem is binding hinges. I always push the hood towards the windshild when closing it to prevent the hinge from binding. Got carless and pulled down without pushing and bent the sucker.
    You know I have thought about converting it to the style of the new trucks with the simper hinge. Cut the cowel area off the hood and fix mount it.
    Another option would be to remove the springs and put a gas strut on towards the front. Then you pushing down on the strut but no resistance on the spring.
    Iive operated the hood with no springs and it's nice and smooth.
     
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    if he dont want them bring them on saturday...
    grant
     
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    I don't know exactly how redneck you are, but a buddy of mine and I just welded pieces of angle iron to the outside of his hood along the outsides to take care of the bent hood he had. Its VERY redneck... but it does the job /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Hey Andy, go ahead and let Grant have them, I won't really be needing any till next spring, but thanks for offering.
     
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    Couldn't find an illustration. If the other hood is in good shape, just keep the hinges lubed up real well and you should be in great shape.
    Jim
     
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    Thanks for trying Jim
     

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