What is the proper procedure for removing the rod that holds the top hood halves together? I just don't want to start beating on it and destroy anything. thanks. Ken
I'd drive it out with a smaller diameter rod.
Once you get it part way out, you can attach your drill to it and spin slowly it while pulling on it - slides right out.
Soak all the folded metal hinge sections first with Kroil or other penetrating oil before you attempt to drive out the hinge rod. Use care.
The larger rod in the center is hollow.
Use a smaller dia. steel punch rod as Steve posted. Drive out the hinge rod part way, then rotate it to be sure you don't mess up the hinge sections.
Tip to keep the hood rods from rusting or sticking, wipe on a layer of graphite paint as you would the leaf springs, works
Thanks for all the tips. I like the drill idea as long as the part of the rod end pulling out isn't peened . I' check that. slip plate sounds good too. Ken
If you're removing an original rod, I'd be afraid to put it in a drill. That hollow rod has a seam all the way down it that rips hood tabs. I replace them with a piece of solid round stock.
Good call Mike. I guess I haven't seen an original one yet....all the ones I have seen are solid stock.
You van also get Stainless rods from some of the vendors.
I stumbled across a piece of black carbon fiber rod that I put in my 15 hood last year. So far it still looks good--the hood slides great on it and there's no paint to scrape off and rust.