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Non-factory hood hinge recommendation

Discussion in 'General Mustang Discussion' started by gt289, Dec 8, 2018.

  1. gt289

    gt289 Member

    Just what the title says. It's now 50 years that I've had this car and I'd be
    replacing the hood hinges for the third time (I'm on my second hood latch).
    Currently has '69 hinges (that where NOS when I put them on 20 years ago)
    and it's a '68 car.

    I hate these factory hinge setups. They wear and they're a PITA to adjust.
    I've never been satisfied with the rear hood height. Car has the original factory
    hood, is unmolested and hasn't ever been hit in the front.....

    What have you SUCCESSFULLY used for a hood hinge upgrade?
     
  2. Laurie S.

    Laurie S. Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Eddie Motorsports on my 68 fastback
     
  3. gt289

    gt289 Member

    Thanks for that.
    And no problems installing?

    Edit- I just noticed these guys are like 1.5 miles away from my house.
    Guess I know who I'll be visiting soon....
     
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2018
  4. Horseplay

    Horseplay I Don't Care. Do you?

    Any of the billet aluminum hinge set-ups should be a nice upgrade. Not for the "bling" but rather the rigidity/stability. Ring Brothers (I used these) started the trend but there are a lot of cheaper pieces out there today. All I've seen are well machined and have fastener slots for a very good range of adjustment.
     
  5. Mach1 Driver

    Mach1 Driver Active Member

  6. Boom

    Boom Active Member

    Have you tried the factory style ones from Jim's parts shack?

    Lol could't resist, I saw this thread over on the "other" forum and everyone offering what you specifically didn't want.

    I agree that the Billet ones all look very well made. I have heard/seen that some Ring brothers don't open as far but that could be certain models/older designs. Terry would know more then me on that.

    MTF makes some that they say open farther than other options on the market. They also have a lower priced option that is not billet, but also not factory.

    Eddies look nice and they use stainless instead of aluminum. It's different I guess
     
  7. gt289

    gt289 Member

  8. gt289

    gt289 Member

    Very funny!

    I've got an inquiry into MTF.
    I've "gained" some patience over the past 10 years so I decided to revisit
    the height of the rear of this hood. I rediscovered how much I hate the factory
    hinges. And the hood is still at the wrong height after several hours of
    adjustments.......

    Ford definitely didn't help by discontinuing the correct 67/68 hinge and
    making the "replaced by" a C9 part. They are NOT the same part.
    The design sucks too..... otherwise we wouldn't be discussing it.
     
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2018
  9. Laurie S.

    Laurie S. Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    I was able to install the Eddie Motorsports hinges on my own fairly easily. The hood opens just as far as before. They make two different types, depending on whether you have a fiberglass or metal hood. Mine actually were cheaper buying from Summit than from Eddie's.
     

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  10. gt289

    gt289 Member

    Thanks for that.
    They are less than 3 miles from my house. I'll be checking their stuff out in person....
     
  11. We make a billet hood hinge that had a turn buckle that allows you to fine tune the adjustment, we just noticed that Eddie had just we to this design also. We also make a cheaper version that uses the stock hinges and a gas shock.
     
  12. gt289

    gt289 Member

    Thanks for that Rich. Got your email reply as well. Nail hit right on the head regarding reason for rear hood gap....
    I've got some due diligence to do and then an aftermarket purchase WILL be made.
     
  13. KBMWRS

    KBMWRS What did the moron say today?

    Hijack time.....

    If my hinges are fine (stock) do I dare replace them with something new?
     
  14. gt289

    gt289 Member

    Falls under the category "if it ain't broke...."
     
  15. blu67

    blu67 Well-Known Member

    I'm curious about the stock hinges with gas shock. I couldn't find it on your website. I'd love to know more....
     
  16. gt289

    gt289 Member

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    blu67 Well-Known Member

  18. steveh326

    steveh326 Active Member

    sooo… yesterday I read this thread. I never googled or binged or youtubed hood hinges or anything else, I just read this thread and moved on. Today, when I opened my email there was an ad for Eddie Motorsports hood hinges from Summit Racing.

    it reminds me of the time I was searching the internet for a new welder on MY laptop, and my wife got an ad for welder on HER laptop so she asks me "are you buying a welder?"... BUSTED.

    Officially scary shit to me.

    I have a pair of the aftermarket billet hinges, can't remember the name but they are not made any more... so far I like them, but they install kind of hokey to me (maybe they are all like that I dunno). Hood opens way further than stock, I think I could actually R&R the motor and not have to pull the hood.
     
  19. Boom

    Boom Active Member

    Steve, your post made me think of this. Also, internet ads can be scary with how they get your info.

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  20. steveh326

    steveh326 Active Member

    lmao. I have a pic that kinda shows my hinges. for some reason the name Jon's hinges sticks in my head but that might not even be close. By installing 'hokey' I meant there were spacer tubes behind and some big ass flat washers in front. maybe they are all like that, I have never compared. provides a lot of adjustability but maybe not the best looking setup.
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