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356 hood/frunk

#1 Post by Walter Boyce » Sun Jun 26, 2022 4:31 pm

Hi guys,

QQ how are you supposed to keep the hood/frunk of the 356b open? The broom handle isn't quite cutting it.

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#2 Post by Larry Brooks » Sun Jun 26, 2022 4:35 pm

Is it a replica?

Original cars have catches built into the hinges.

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#3 Post by Don Gale » Sun Jun 26, 2022 4:44 pm

Registry Vol. 18 Number 1, pages 11-12 details the DIY repair for welding the tips of the star wheels and escapement piece. Stoddards also sells repair kits. You may want to remove the star wheels altogether and keep the broom handle so at some point in the future the hood doesn't get kinked by someone not schooled on 356's tries to pull the hood closed.
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#4 Post by Mike Wilson » Sun Jun 26, 2022 5:43 pm

I think some have adapted hydraulic shocks instead of the hinges.

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#5 Post by John Brooks » Sun Jun 26, 2022 9:30 pm

Look here. The hinge has a auto lock built in
https://youtu.be/p569In_XFzY
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Re: 356 hood/frunk

#6 Post by Harlan Halsey » Mon Jun 27, 2022 3:04 am

I have very little patience with kinked hoods or with torn out hinge sockets. However, there are any number of telescoping handles on household appliances. When my wife surpluses one, I rescue it, go to Outdoor Supply and buy the right size cane tip(s) and I have the hood prop I need because I remove the star wheels and escapements from the hinges. On an A car the hood prop stores alongside the gas tank.

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#7 Post by Mike Wilson » Mon Jun 27, 2022 11:04 am

Harlan's right. I've used adjustable shower curtain rods as hood props. An adjustable tent pole would work, too.

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#8 Post by Chuck House » Mon Jun 27, 2022 12:22 pm

I keep the star ratchet locks on my car as no one else opens the hood. However the telescoping tool below is one of my favorites and I use it often when working in the garage.

https://a.co/d/cA0VKq0
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#9 Post by Mark Roth » Tue Jun 28, 2022 7:18 am

In 1994 my C came with no star wheels and a half inch diameter wooden dowel for a hood prop. Used that ever since. Sometimes I use my head (literally) as a prop when removing the spare tire but usually just put one end of the stick on the tire and the other end on the inside of the front lip of the trunk.
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Re: 356 hood/frunk

#10 Post by Mike Wilson » Tue Jun 28, 2022 3:35 pm

I guess if you were so inclined, you could eliminate the star wheels and install a modern day hood prop as found on Hondas, Toyotas, etc.

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