What is the length of the center hood rod for 1914? I think mine is too long.
Mine is 22 and 1/2 inches.
OK Thanks. Mine is 23 3/8, 7/8 too long.
The best way to double check is use a level and level up the dash and then level the radiator, then measure the distance between the radiator and the dash
Mine is about 22 inches. The rod goes in the hood former quite a ways. Like I said on the other message, If the dash and radiator is square with one another, the hood should fit and when the hood fits, the rod will have to be the correct length.
Upon further examination- The rod was way too long before, before I redid my front crossmember, put the correct radiator pads, leveled the radiator etc. I have my hood apart so I took the rod out and it fits perfectly from the saddle on the radiator to the dashboard wood. I'll just cut me a stainless one tomorrow at work. If I have problems then I can always cut it off.
That seems like a lot of difference, wish it were light, it's hard to see out where the car is. My hood is terrible, but it's getting painted because I can't afford a new one or even a decent one.
Does your hood fit?
It fits a lot better. I need to mess with it some. Before it didn't fit at all. Somebody for some reason on one front side cut out a triangle part, about an inch on the bottom to the brake line. On the driver side toward the front the aluminum roll is missing and the steel wire inside is attached by wire. I need to get out there, put some tape on my hood former to protect the paint and do some fitting. Haven't messed with it in a while, but seems like it fit fairly well after lining things up. I went out and looked again, the rod fits perfectly. On one end there is about a 1/2 inch flat portion, not quite an 1/8" deep. Wonder if originals had that?
Was just looking through my records, May 1, 1993 at the Pate Swap Meet I paid $25 for the hood. I just paid the same for a pair of handles last week.