Is there a trick to installing hood clips? One has to compress the stiff spring with the washer and then insert the cotter pin, all in very close quarters.
That rope trick is cool!
Charles, I have found the springs available from the vendors are way too stiff, especially when used on an aluminium hood.
I get mine from a local parts store, from their tray of selected sizes. These are far more easily compressed by hand and fitting them is a breeze.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.
I noticed in one of the photos, that the owner assembled the hold downs to the hood sills before hand. I wonder how he plans to get everything through the frame?
The John Regan springs fit thru the unmodified frame holes on my '26. jb
The original assembly, the washers were small enough to fit thru the the holes in the frame and cotter pins were bent to match that diameter, no legs sticking out. Then the hood sills, latches, blocks, springs could be dropped into place with out fighting to get assembled in car.
Note; this may not be true for the early cars that had the wood hood sille's.
Mark: Exactly my observation and experience with my '26. I ground the ends of John's springs to make flat and turned down some ss washers to match and with ss cotter pins, assembled as you describe Fairly easy assembly that way.
A valve spring compressor works well between the frame rails. put on the spring and washer and compress with the valve spring compressor then insert the cotter pin.