\ Suicide Hood Hinge How To, with complete captioned photos
Suicide Hood Hinge How To, with complete captioned photos
Last Updated: Feb 24, 2015
Chris Frye and I decided to make a tech how to out of our hood hinge install day and we chose to have the pictures hosted on the bscene servers so we shouldnt ever have to worry about losing photos again, atleast for this particular mod...
The hinge is off buicks/oldsmobiles, mid 80's to early 90s, just find a car in the junk yard that has a reverse hood. several models were made with this hinge, and a good informational on which models have this hinge is hard to find. just meander around the junkyard till you find one.
~flapper disc (or some other kind of way to smooth out fresh cut edges)
~drill, electric or battery operated
~assortment of drill bits, or a stepped drill bit
~sharpie or other marking pen
~punch (helps to use a punch on the fenders where it needs to be drilled for the carriage bolts)
~pliers, reg or needle nose (they help for popping the factory harness clips out so you can move the harness out of the way)
~phillips head screw driver
For the specific grade hardware we used these sizes in wrenches and sockets:
~14mm (for the carriage bolt nuts that mount to the fenders)
~13mm (body bolts)
~12mm (factory hood hinges, wiper arms, maybe a few other spots)
~10mm (fender bolts, 6 nuts for the hood, maybe a few other spots)
These are the Hillman Part Numbers, descriptions, and bag count as the reciept reads, and the prices i paid:
(4) 137142 1/2"x5/8x1" steel spacers (packaged individually) 4@ $1.51
(2) 138023 3/8"-16x2" Stainless Steel Carriage Bolts (you'll have a total of 4) 2@ $3.71
(2) 135806 3/8"-16 grade 5 flange nuts (2 bags gives you 4 nuts) 2@ $1.21
(2) 136662 3/8"x1" 1/2" Fender washers (there were 4-5 per bag, need total of 8 of these washers) 2@ $1.27
(4) 138948 5/16"-18x1" Body Bolts (packaged individually) 4@ $1.39
(4) 139391 5/16"-18 Speednuts "U" threaded 4@ $1.04
(2) 135771 3/8" Grade 5 Flat washers (packaged 4-5 per bag) 2@ $1.09
(1) 146393 1/2" EMT Stainless Steel coupling 1@ $0.91
Total spent was about $31, before tax, not including the cutting discs for my grinder.
Created By: 91extcab
Nice write up! I did mine a little differently (but not necessarily better) where it attaches to the inner fender. If you would like I can forward you some pics and discussion if you want to add it to your write up.
nice write up. but what is the year , and model of the buick that hinge came out of?
I am doing this modification when my truck comes outa paint and I pulled my hood hige off of a mid 80's Buick Lesaber
nice right up leland but ya got to put the rest of the info in man.
i just freakin posted this last night. i've been working on these pictures for days... gimme a damn break! lol. i said i would update the original post with everything else thats missing, have some damn patience... lol
and we are still trying to find out all the models/years the hinges came off of, from what we've found its mid-late 80s buicks and some oldsmobiles, a few late 80's to early 90's buicks/oldsmobiles have the hinge as well, its just a matter of finding the right cars in the yard. just look for one thats got a reverse/suicide hood on it already, 90% chance its the one you're gonna need... unless you find an old luv with a reverse hood... and i have to locate my reciept from lowes with all the hardware information on it so i can add that to the original post.
if you want to pm me the pictures you have for yours, and tell me what you did, i can add them in, with captions as an optional mounting idea, to the original post.
i have uploaded all the pictures in the first post to bscene, so the only way we can lose those is if baha deletes them.
come help me do this on patty joy!!!!
Easy there Leland, i think they were just tryin to get the rest of the info. I appreciate the time and effort that you put into this post. I understand that it is an incomplete post, and I would have personally waited until i had all detailed information aquired before doing a post. Thats just me though. Thanks for the write up and please take what everyone says as constructive critisism, not a bash at your write up. Thanks again
I do have one technical question though, and please dont get pissy about your answer. I see that you cut the rear bracket kinda short. What keeps the hood from flopping up and down in the rear? Do you even have that problem? I have seen where some people leave them longer so they go into the guides and act as wedges and keep the hood from lifting in the rear.
i was just reiterating that i had mentioned in the original post that i knew it didnt have everything, and that i would get the parts/tools lists up, it was just late last night and before i got up today there were already questions about those lists, and that just tells me no one read what i wrote (hint roach hint) lol. those lists are now included.
as for the shorter factory hinges, you would honestly be better off making a piece of some flat stock, like i believe linn used on immortal1, i can get a picture of what my firewall looks like after almost a full year of daily/several times daily use, which will have to wait until atleast tomorrow as its far too dark to go take good quality pictures. if you leave them longer, the part where the factory hinge bends has been destroying my firewall, which is why we cut chris's original hinges shorter. and in my yeah of use, i have had hood pins the entire time, and usually only leave the pin with the ring clip one, my lockable pin is usually unlocked, i havent had any kind of wobbling/movement at the firewall side of the hood. if the lockable one is unlocked, i notice rare movement of the corner at the firewall, same side as the lock, but its not until i reach about 85mph...