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Old 03-24-2006, 09:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Going to do a full underhood detailing. I can't help but think it will be much easier to remove the hood. My hinges and springs need to be stripped of paint, too.

My only hesitation is that my car is finished, and my hood is relatively new with PERFECT paint and PERFECT fit. I am scared to mess it up. My body man who did it for me is now 400 miles away. I could likely get some help, but our collective experience doing this sort of thing will likely be low.

Do you think the risk is too high? I'd die if I dropped my hood on my fender or some crazy accident like that.
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Old 03-24-2006, 09:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have my hood off right now doing the same thing.. You will want an extra person there to help you. It was easy with two people. I can't see it being very easy with just one person. One thing you will want to do is lay a nice blanket across the cowl area that way you can rest the edge of the hood there without scratching anything. Then lift it off and store it. I have mine stored in a closet in my house covered with a blanket. Now getting it back on and adjusted is another story, I have not gotten that far yet.
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Old 03-24-2006, 10:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have to agree. With two guys, removing the hood is pretty straightforward. As you can see by my sig pic, I'm not ready to put it back on yet.
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Old 03-24-2006, 10:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Like said previously, easy to remove with 2 people and put a thick blanket on the cowl and fenders. The challenge is putting it back on, not much fun trying to adjust!
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Old 03-24-2006, 11:00 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Try this: if you have a garage with the truss joists' exsposed tie 2 ropes from the ceiling joist, go buy 2 5 pound magnets $7 each at home depot.. park your car under the ropes with just foward of the halfway point on your hood. put the magnets on the sides of the hood towards the front, I used 3 layers of paper towels under the magnets, now tie the ropes on the eyes that are on the magnets and pull them tight NOT TO TIGHT, now pull the bolts and the hood will hang, EXCELLENT way for 1 person to pull a hood. HINT: may sure the magnets are not going to slide off the hood if you find the right balance it works great..
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Old 03-24-2006, 11:14 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Take it off with a helper as everyone mentioned. The blanket at the cowl is important too. Use a water based marker to mark the corners of the hinges on the hood as well as the hood bolt locations. Do something similar on the engine compartment side and you should be able to drop it back into place with only a little bit of adjustment. When it's where you want it, just wipe off the marker. It's not hard to get everything aligned, it just takes patience sometimes.
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Old 03-24-2006, 12:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Before you remove the hood, drill two tiny holes thru each hinge into the hood. When you are ready to reinstall the hood the holes will be used to realign the hood.

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Old 03-24-2006, 01:25 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Before you remove the hood, drill two tiny holes thru each hinge into the hood. When you are ready to reinstall the hood the holes will be used to realign the hood.

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If you'd rather not drill holes you can apply tape strips on the hood next to the side and top of the hinge bracket.

Same technique can be used to locate hinge base to apron wall, but might be aproblem if you're trying to strip paint in that area.
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Old 03-24-2006, 02:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Removing and repositioning the hood isnt terrible. But, if you plan on removing the hinges, that's another story!! :horror: I still haven't been able to get mine to line up properly.. :wall:
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