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junior
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Canada
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Posted - 10/03/2009 :  4:12:28 PM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Here’s an idea I’d like to share with other c/k owners…two things prompted this. First of all, I was snooping about the Forum, and came across a post about securing c/k hoods. I really didn’t think too much about this because my hood latch had never given me a problem. Secondly, my Stude found a new set of legs this summer as I swapped out the 4:56 rear end for a 3:42 rear end. From this point, Karma kinda took over…wouldn’t you know it, ripping down the highway at about 80mph the hood latch decides to let go not once, not twice, but three times! Thankfully the safety catch worked...not wanting to tempt Karma any further I decided to re-visit the hood latch post. The idea that caught my attention was the one using a lynch-pin through the latch post. Out to the garage I go to install said lynch-pin, but how does one install this pin with the hood closed? The only way I could do this was by getting on my back…something I have no interest in doing every time I need to open the hood. FWIW, this is a simple solution I came up with. This really works for me because 1) it’s CASO style, requiring only a Ford F-150 tailgate cable, a bolt, a lynch-pin and a coupling nut 2) I can lift the hood about 1 foot and remove/install the lynch-pin without having to get on my back or knees, and 3)no cutting-up the car, this system can be removed in minutes to return the car back to stock. Perhaps one day I will actually take the time to figure out why the latch is not staying closed, but for now my agenda is full, and I’d rather put my time and energy into other things like installing the T5 tranny. Junior







54 Champ C5 Hamilton car. Stock...no way! A Stude hotrod since 1960. In my family since 1958.

brngarage
Starlight Member

USA
98 Posts

Posted - 10/03/2009 :  4:59:39 PM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Really neat and functional idea! Great pictures too. Thanks Junior. I'm gonna do the same thing to my '53 Commander Starliner.

Howard
53 Commander Starliner
56 Sky Hawk
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sals54
Commander Member

1368 Posts

Posted - 10/03/2009 :  7:57:17 PM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
That is a nice and clean install. Great addition to the forum.

sals54
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rockinhawk
Golden Hawk Member

USA
773 Posts

Posted - 10/03/2009 :  8:36:25 PM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
I like that. I was wondering what I was going to do with the 54 clone I'm working on. It has a fiberglass nose. and I removed the safty catch. I didn't think it would do much good anyhow.
But can I use a DODGE tail gate cable instead of a Ford? NT


Neil Thornton
Hazlehurst, GA
'57 Silver Hawk
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woodysrods
Champion Member

Canada
36 Posts

Posted - 10/04/2009 :  2:05:05 PM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Any opportunity to talk about C/K hoods. I am still looking for one in the northwest. No Sal I have not forgotten about you, but you are still a little far from home. Have not driven a C/K yet. Are the hood latches notorius for popping open?

Brian Woods
woodysrods@shaw.ca
1946 M Series (Shop Truck)
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HawkGT
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USA
20 Posts

Posted - 10/05/2009 :  01:51:55 AM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
To answer Woodysrods -- YES, at least among 53 - 54 C&K models, the hoods tend to come unlatched at highway speeds. It happened to my 53 Starliner, and I know two others with coupes who had this happen as well. So it is very important to have a good safety catch, and Junior's idea is excellent, much better than the factory safety catch -- the one that we all love to cuss every time we hit our heads on it...

Gene Nagle
1963 Hawk R1
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barnlark
Commander Member

USA
3392 Posts

Posted - 10/05/2009 :  07:29:55 AM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by rockinhawk

I like that. I was wondering what I was going to do with the 54 clone I'm working on. It has a fiberglass nose. and I removed the safty catch. I didn't think it would do much good anyhow.



I hope you're kidding, Neil. That may save your head while you're working on it, but that's a sure fire way to send it in your face, even with a new catch like this. Even though we are discussing C/Ks, I'll never go without a safety catch thinking it doesn't do any good ever again. That was a $1500 lesson.
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sals54
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1368 Posts

Posted - 10/05/2009 :  11:24:08 AM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Brian, I've told this story before... and it still pains me a bit to retell it, but I've been driving my 54 Coupe for over 35 years. I've always had a secondary hood latch on it. Only a couple of times had I noticed that the hood had "popped", but my safety latch had saved it. Last year, I had been showing someone under the hood and in my haste, I failed to safety latch it. The next day I went out for a therapeutic drive which included a healthy romp through the gears. I had been out and about for 40 minutes or so, when I made a U turn to head home. Just as I was rowing the Hurst into 3rd, the hood suddenly went up and over the windshield. When I say suddenly, I mean it was in an instant. I barely got the car pulled onto a side street. I was like a raging bull, I was so mad. I ended up using a piece of concrete to hammer the fold out of the middle of the hood just so I could get it to fit over the air cleaner. The hood was literally bent in half. Luckily and sadly at the same time, I had a spare perfect hood in the barn. I changed it as soon as I got home. Now, every time I go out in the Coupe, I check to make sure my clevis pin is in the safety. I would HIGHLY recommend a secondary safety on any CK hood. Just my 2 cents worth. Which turned out to be $450 dollars worth of hood.

sals54
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sals54
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1368 Posts

Posted - 10/05/2009 :  11:25:25 AM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Brian, I've told this story before... and it still pains me a bit to retell it, but I've been driving my 54 Coupe for over 35 years. I've always had a secondary hood latch on it. Only a couple of times had I noticed that the hood had "popped", but my safety latch had saved it. Last year, I had been showing someone under the hood and in my haste, I failed to safety latch it. The next day I went out for a therapeutic drive which included a healthy romp through the gears. I had been out and about for 40 minutes or so, when I made a U turn to head home. Just as I was rowing the Hurst into 3rd, the hood suddenly went up and over the windshield. When I say suddenly, I mean it was in an instant. I barely got the car pulled onto a side street. I was like a raging bull, I was so mad. I ended up using a piece of concrete to hammer the fold out of the middle of the hood just so I could get it to fit over the air cleaner. The hood was literally bent in half. Luckily and sadly at the same time, I had a spare perfect hood in the barn. I changed it as soon as I got home. Now, every time I go out in the Coupe, I check to make sure my clevis pin is in the safety. I would HIGHLY recommend a secondary safety on any CK hood. Just my 2 cents worth. Which turned out to be $450 dollars worth of hood.

sals54
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sals54
Commander Member

1368 Posts

Posted - 10/05/2009 :  11:13:35 PM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
I just noticed this on another thread. This is evidently a period original hot rod. Check out the hood safety latch on this one. Seriously old school. As in 40s and 50s race car style.


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