Could someone give me the diameter and length of the two different sizes of hood clip springs? I'd like to see if they will work on my Maxwell.
Here is a thread about spring sizes:
The ones I have laying around are 1 5/8" to 1 3/4" long. The wire seems to be 1/16" diameter. The ID is a little over 1/4" and the OD is a little less then 7/16"
There are 2 sizes of springs used. Early ones were shorter than late ones. We make both sets. Somebody once erroneously posted that the front hood clip springs are different length than the back ones but that is not true. I think they may be trying to put the spring under the bottom frame rail or some such. The main problem that I encountered when I could not make the then existing repros to work well was that somebody tried to sell a general purpose compression spring and it simply had too many coils and "stacked" when you pulled up on it and thus scraped the hood lip off because the hood latch couldn't come up far enough. I have the factory drawings for both the early and late springs. I make them with the exact same helix, number of turns, and wire gauge but I did opt to make them from stainless steel because you really can't get paint to stay on a spring when there is a hook in the middle that rubs on the spring every time you open the hood. You don't have to paint the spring any more and they stay nice and springy and are just the right number or turns so they don't stack.
Howard, The ones on my '15 Maxwell are .585 OD, .070 wire diameter and 2 1/4 inches long. A spring company or good hardware store should have something close. T springs are to tight as the shank on the Maxwell is 5/16 and the T is 1/4.
Thanks Richard and everyone else, that's what I needed to know.