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Old 09-19-2012, 10:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What have all of you guys done to secure the front hood? I'd like to do something so that it is not able to be opened from the outside, like the modern cars, for security reasons.
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Seen some installations using a cabinet lock to prevent the latch from moving. Do a search on "cabinet lock".
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Was actually researching this in depth yesterday night! Conclusions: cabinet lock, fab yourself, use hood latch out of a 70's truck, or http://www.amazon.com/Megatronix-Mechanical-Cable-Ignition-Interrupt/dp/B00262P71W
Not sure if the '70s truck latch works on a '65/'66 but if it did then it would be a direct replacement (apparently) which is easy peasy.
The cabinet lock is a cool, easy concept but I don't like needing a key - all I want is a latch in the cabin to pull to 'pop' the hood similar to a modern car. Easy in, easy out, but deters the lazy thief.
Beechkid made one that looks really nice but is not interested in telling anyone how he did it, so that's useless.
The latch sold by Amazon looks nice but also looks like something you could build yourself for much cheaper.

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Old 09-19-2012, 01:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Try this thread. There are some interesting options here:Homemade Hood Lock
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Here's a picture of the cabinet lock hood lock...



...sort of self explanatory. Kelly, if you're just looking for an inside hood release without a lock, you could probably skank the release and cable from just about any '70's through '90's GM RWD car, like a Caprice, DeVille, etc. IIRC it's just a pull handle with a mount with 2 holes, cable runs along the inner fender and has an "S" bend on the end to grab the actuator. Just need some insulated cable clamps to secure it in the engine compartment.

PS: Looks like up through current trucks may work too.
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Beechkid made one that looks really nice but is not interested in telling anyone how he did it, so that's useless.

Hope that helps!
Well ya know, there's a fortune to be made in classic mustang hood locks!
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Bart, I was under the impression that those hood latches wouldn't bolt up to the early Mustang mounting holes. It's hard for me to get an idea of what I need to be looking for and how I can make it work. Junkyards around here won't let you bring in your stuff (or so I have been told) so I can't even bring the Mustang latch in to compare to other stuff so that's useless! I stumbled across a 70's truck hood latch that was retrofitted into a '69 Mustang but it had to be pretty heavily modified to make it work and I don't know if I'm up to that.

Johnny - never fear, when I make up my own super-duper, ultra-awesome hood lock I will gladly share the plans with anyone who has the fabrication skills to make it. Those who don't... well, I guess they'd just have to pay me No use keeping something that's so sought after all to myself, after all!
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Johnny - never fear, when I make up my own super-duper, ultra-awesome hood lock I will gladly share the plans with anyone who has the fabrication skills to make it. Those who don't... well, I guess they'd just have to pay me No use keeping something that's so sought after all to myself, after all!
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Hey! I've actually got a pretty decent idea worked out... basically a beefed up slide lock that looks better and is more solid than what is available (or used to be available) from JCWhitney. So there! I just have to figure out where to mount a spring to return the lock when it's released...
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Back from the dead.

I used one of http://www.amazon.com/Megatronix-Mechanical-Cable-Ignition-Interrupt/dp/B00375R0N0 in the late 80's on an E250 van. I got it from Warshawski Whitney on State St in Chicago.Manual

I didn't connect the ignition interrupt so I cannot comment on that aspect, however the hood lock worked well for me.
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I've fount this to be quite effective.
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Shotgun requires you to stand over the car guard.
This is much easier to use.

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Good one.
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Where can I get one, er I mean two?
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