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hood reinforcement

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by four_by_ken, Jul 16, 2001.

  1. four_by_ken

    four_by_ken 1/2 ton status

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    Someone told me once about a reinforcement brade that goes along the side of the hood that could be bought for like $20. That is about what I Would have to pay in materials and time to make it mysefl. Anyone know of the company?

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  2. HarryH3

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    Check out any JC Whitney catalog. I'm sure that they sell them. Just be aware that installing that brace disables the front impact crush feature of the hood. The hood is designed to bend at that point in a collision, instead of coming through the windshield and removing your head. [​IMG] The hood will start to kink at that location if the hood hinges are in desparate need of lubrication.

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  3. wayne

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    JC Whitney sells them.

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  4. BlazerGuy

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    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.lmctruck.com>LMC Truck</a> sells this kit for $15

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  5. RedDwarf

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    Yeah, if you keep the hinges oiled, it will keep this from happening. My dad's old 73 never bent the hood because he kept it lubed, but my 74 came bent up with a hack repair job that I eventually replaced.

    Also, there are low-tension hood springs available. These will help too, I think J.C. Whitney has those as well as the above mentioned brace.

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