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Old 08-26-2011, 05:04 PM   #1
DKcoupe
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Default 47 Chevy hood opening tool

A recent thread about the hood latch cable not working on a 46-48 Chevy, got me thinking about how I would get my hood open if that happened to me. I came up with this little tool today that seems to work. I'm going to keep it in the car from now on.
I started by bending up a coat hanger and once that worked I used a little heat to bend a long thin screwdriver.


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The duct tape was to hold it place for the pictures


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You just stick it in the gap between the hood and grill, and a little push releases the latch. I put a dab of red paint on the shaft to mark the top and how far in to go. Been driving on the highway a bit lately and the bugs are plentiful at night.


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Old 08-26-2011, 05:14 PM   #2
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Default Re: 47 Chevy hood opening tool

Hmmm...I worry over the same issue on my '48 Ford, even though that stuff is older than I am and still working perfectly. Gonna make one, will probably add some electrical wire insulation/spaghetti to slicken the shaft.
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Old 08-28-2011, 08:58 AM   #3
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Default Re: 47 Chevy hood opening tool

Good idea, I put some heat shrink over the shaft today.
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Old 08-28-2011, 12:06 PM   #4
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Default Re: 47 Chevy hood opening tool

every one of us who own one of these knows how brilliant that is
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