I am installing a new set of hood locks with the spring and washer that fits through the frame and hood pan. The rear ones are no problem since they can be easily reached. I can't seem to pull the spring up far enough to get the washer and cotter pin on the front ones. I can't see well enough and have to do it by feel and then there is no room to get leverage on the spring to pull it up. Is there a special tool to do this or does someone have a good technique for doing this? Thanks for any suggestions
Fred, what year is it?, put them on the hood shelves and then install through the holes in the frame, no more trying to get under the car to inset cotter pins.They show doing this in the service manual.I have a 24 and a 26 and they both attach like this.
Here are a few recent threads with some hints:
I just installed them on my 1915. My grandson pushed down and I literally installed the washer and cotter key by "Braille".
On the front left clip I first compressed the spring in a vise and "wired" it compressed. Once the washer and cotter key were installed I cut the wire and pulled it out.
Steve Jelf I believe is the one who recently posted this trick and it worked!
Part of the problem my be using too big of washers and cotter pins. You should only need washers that are the same outside diameter of the springs and the cotter pins should be folded to be that same size. If there is any tail on the cotter pins that sticks out past the washer it needs to be trimmed off. If you have the correct diameter of washer they should fit through the hole in the frame.
I think Mark has the answer, If I recall correctly, I installed my latches before I bolted the hood sills up, and I think that if I needed to do it again, I would remove the hood sills to do it.
What year DID they change that hole in the frame? I have had a few, and seen many hood shelves with the hood clips still in them. So I understand the idea of making the hole large enough to make assembly and service easier. But nearly all the frames I have worked on had holes that barely fit the front clip. Not nearly large enough for the spring to go through. After 45 years in this hobby, I am still trying to learn.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Thanks to all who had suggestions. I found it was impossible to install the front springs that came with the new set from Lang's as they were too long and too stiff. I tried all the ideas including a wire on the spring and a small pipe with a slot for the cotter pin. I ended up going to the local hardware store and getting shorter springs which work nicely. The back ones were OK as they were easily intalled before the hood pan was installed. The front ones just didn't have enough room and the springs were impossibly tight.