Caution - don't ruin your hood

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2017: Caution - don't ruin your hood
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By tommy coffey on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 09:11 am:

Be careful when trying to free up a hood that has not been opened or closed in a few decades. When "working" the panels back and forth, after applying some penetrating oil of course, make sure the panels are rotating on the hinge pin and the metal is not bending. The metal will break if it is flexing, then you will have nothing for the hinge pin to pass thru, connecting the top and side panel together. It can be fixed, but it will not be easy.
See the jagged break shown in the picture. On this panel two of the three loops for the hinge pin are broken.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By G.R.Cheshire on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 09:24 am:

Looks like that one should have sat in a molasses tub for a week then a liberal application of heat and penetrating oil. Penetrating oil alone would not be a good solution. YMMV


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Roger Karlsson, southern Sweden on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 09:31 am:

On one rusted hood I freed up I had to heat each loop dull red with the oxy acetylene torch until it was possible to make it start moving.
Rust penetrants are good, but in many cases heat is necessary. In a proper combination almost anything can be loosened up :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Richard Eagle Idaho Falls on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 12:21 pm:

Soaking would be good. Running penetrant down the rod takes quite a while to find it's way in. Putting the rod in a drill was suggested the other day to me and might work well.
I just bought Stainless rods for my project.
Rich


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By john kuehn on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 04:52 pm:

Soak with we-40 for a while then use low heat.
DONT heat excessively. Use just enough heat to discolor the rust.
Work the hood joints carefully!
If you use heat do it carefully and it works most every time.


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