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Offline adrian.heidi

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Hood spring dimensions
« on: December 07, 2010, 11:25:14 PM »
 :-\Hi all, if someone has a '57 could they please tell me what the dimensions should be for a '57 Eldo Seville hood springs. The ones I have appear to not be up to the task and I think they might have come from a Holden or similar. But as Bruce Reynolds rightly pointed out, I'm concerned if I put the incorrect ones on it could damage the hinges (if they are too stiff). Cheers Adrian South Hobart :-\
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Re: Hood spring dimensions
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2010, 08:59:26 PM »
Hi Guys,

Not sure if my 57 Fleetwood would be the same as the Eldo  Seville.

Here is a photo of my set up.

It still has the spring in place and I don't know if taking a measurement of it in it's current state would assist you.

If it will I will put a tape on it.

Ken

Where is the add a photo thing gone?
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Re: Hood spring dimensions
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2010, 09:04:29 PM »
Hi Ken, thanks for the reply. Not sure but, I could not see a pic attached to your message. If you could measure the dimensions it would assist me greatly. Cheers Adrian :P
Adrian & Heidi, Hobart Tasmania

Offline Bruce Reynolds

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Re: Hood spring dimensions
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2010, 09:32:40 PM »
Oh dear, looks like Photos have been removed.

Bruce. >:D
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Re: Hood spring dimensions
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2010, 09:38:39 PM »
Hi Bruce, Ken and I are chatting via email with the pics attached. Looks like the spring I showed you was the right one. It might just need reconditioning after all? Remember the unmarked police car that belted past your place yesterday? Who would have thought it would have been for the prison escape? That "missunderstood" poor bugger from a broken home blah, blah, blah will never learn!!! Should be another three ontop of what he has. ;D
Adrian & Heidi, Hobart Tasmania

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Re: Hood spring dimensions
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2010, 09:54:22 PM »
Thanks to Ken and his expedition to the man cave that houses the necessary equipment. It appears that I have the correct springs but they just need reconditioning. Thanks Ken. Adrian South Hobart
Adrian & Heidi, Hobart Tasmania

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Re: Hood spring dimensions
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2010, 10:08:15 PM »
..... That "missunderstood" poor bugger from a broken home blah, blah, blah will never learn!!! Should be another three ontop of what he has. ;D 
As if...... probably a slap-on-the-wrist, and a medal for not creating too much overtime.

Bruce. >:D
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Re: Hood spring dimensions
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2010, 10:51:16 AM »
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Re: Hood spring dimensions
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2010, 03:49:34 PM »
Cheers Rick. Thanks for the info.
Adrian & Heidi, Hobart Tasmania

Offline Dave & Deb

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Re: Hood spring dimensions
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2010, 07:53:28 PM »
What's involved in reconditioning the springs and who does this?  My '58 hood springs seem to have the same problem.

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Re: Hood spring dimensions
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2010, 09:18:02 PM »
Hi Dave, I went to the local company down here and their advice was that they could take one or two coils out of the spring and then turn new ends on them. The fellow went on to say that this could weaken the ends as heating them is not too good for the metal. I have also spoken to a company by phone (Cable Mate (03) 6273 3490). They said that they could probably make new ones but I must admit they did not fill me with too much confidence on the phone. But you never know? I have some guys searching for me in the US so if you can wait a little I will let you know how I go? Cheers Adrian, sunny South Hobart.
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Re: Hood spring dimensions
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2010, 11:17:11 AM »
Thanks Adrian,

Keep me informed.  I'm not too keen on removing a couple of turns from the originals.

Dave.
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Offline ColonelZ

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Re: Hood spring dimensions
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2011, 04:25:28 PM »
I had the same issue with my hinges and springs. The hinges where worn out so had new rivets made, then everything was ceramic coated. After I put them on the car, the bonnet wouldn’t not stay up! Then I have an idea,





Works well now,
Robert
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