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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-20-2017, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Best repro Hood Latch - 68'

Anyone care to share their experiences or views on what's a good repro HOOD latch for a 68?

Mine was missing when I bought the car as a project, and although I've found one for sale on eBay it has no numbers stamped on it, and the other OEM ones I saw had some. So I'm suspicious that its just an old service replacement being sold as OEM correct, for the price of a new repro...

Dynacorn's are bright zinc and the no names being sold by CJ's are black.
(I'd be painting mine close as I can to OEM phosphate anyway)

Both options get mixed reviews on webstores.

Thanks in advance.


March 1968 S code 390GT Fastback. Warmed 401 CID, TKO600 - Bullit replica.

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Unhappy Nobody?

Nobody? Nada?

No ones ever bought a 68'hood latch?

Was thinking if I do buy one maybe phosphating is better than paint. Not just OEM but it wont wear off so quickly etc.

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Well problem solved now, a friend is sending me a spare restored OEM latch he had lying around. Looks just perfect!
Thanks to any who read and considered my request anyway.

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I'm glad you found a latch. You do realize your thread was up while it was the middle of the night on this side of the world, right?
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I'm not in OZ at present, I'm in Portugal on a work trip, so my posting time zone isn't as far off as when I'm home.
But agreed one day wasn't much time to respond.

The thread was posted 21:22 PDT or 00:22 EST . I checked again 8 hours later. I guess a bit late (or early) for most stateside. Although some west coasters might have been looking? There were a bunch of views when I replied, so I guess someone looked?

BTW in the past some of our OZ members have replied too. We are not all US residents here. :-)

Anyway happily someone came up with a restored OEM latch for me, so all sorted. I'll remember the time diff better next time.

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You're best to go with OE for this part. I would find it hard to believe
that anyone making these aftermarket would not cut corners. The
OE one is premium materials and even at that, they do eventually
fail. I'm on my second one since '68. When it fails (and it will happen
to you if you have the car long enough) they are a PITA to get to
because they break when the hood is shut and you go to open it.

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I figured as much.

This OEM one has been nicely rebuilt / phosphated etc so should be OK. The guy does nice work.
I must admit I've been disappointed with every piece of reproduction sheet metal I've come across. None have fitted without a lot of work.
I was hoping that something more mechanical like a latch should have a better chance of being OK.

However despite the fact I no longer need to know, it would be good to hear if the Dynacorn ones fit and work OK. As not everyone can find good OEM ones.

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