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Old 12-09-2018, 09:31 AM
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My hood struts are shot, and I have ordered replacements. I wondered what people used to prop the hood open while changing the struts. I hate to have someone hold the hood if there is a safe way to prop it open.
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Old 12-09-2018, 09:38 AM
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My hood struts are shot, and I have ordered replacements. I wondered what people used to prop the hood open while changing the struts. I hate to have someone hold the hood if there is a safe way to prop it open.
Broom stick, 2 X 4, 1 X 1. Or you can do 1 at a time and put vise grips on the one you're not replacing. So many different things you can do.
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Wife held it. Takes longer to talk about it than do it.
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Several years and another Vette ago, my hood struts failed at a car show on a windy day. I measured the extended rod and walked down the street to an auto parts store and bought a length of fuel line and split it lengthwise. Went back to my car and raised the hood and popped it over the rod on one of the struts as a temporary fix. Later I used it again when replacing the struts.
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My hood struts are shot, and I have ordered replacements. I wondered what people used to prop the hood open while changing the struts. I hate to have someone hold the hood if there is a safe way to prop it open.
Change one at a time, and prop up the side you're working on with your back/body. It's pretty easy. Just make sure your tools are within reach.
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Change one at a time, and prop up the side you're working on with your back/body. It's pretty easy. Just make sure your tools are within reach.
Yep, that's it! Or have someone hold the hood for you.
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If there are two struts, change them out one at a time. Use vice grips (with a rag) on the other strut to lock it in place fully extended. That works on the old ones, even if they won't hold up at all.

Alternatively, I have a broom stick to use as a hood/tailgate prop. If it's too long, I use a 7/8" (or 22mm) combination wrench over it as a movable stop. The wrench will hang and tighten on the round stick at the proper location. That's also a useful hack for holding the brake pedal down when necessary for some service tasks.
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Old 12-09-2018, 10:26 AM
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Yea....changing the struts isn't really rocket science. But don't be fooled.......sometimes getting those little clip thingys off can be a little bit of a B#$%H. If I remember correctly......removing the hood end of the strut allows you to swing the other end of the strut into a better position to reach the clip.....or maybe it's the other way around.
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I used a broom handle with a towel on both ends. And I watched the video below. 10 minutes tops.

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Wife held it. Takes longer to talk about it than do it.
In the time it will take me to find a wife, my Corvette will probably need a full restoration.
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Park under tree, etc. Bungee cord to limb, etc.

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An extra set of hands.
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Wife held it. Takes longer to talk about it than do it.
Bingo!
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Alternating vise grips.
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Remember, you need to use left handed vice grips for the right strut and right handed vice grips for the left strut!
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Broom, hockey stick, ect.
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I used the top of my head and a small flat head screw driver, took all of 30 seconds a side, is this actually a serious question?
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Have a friend or neighbor hold it up while you change them out. If you work or go to school, have ask a coworker or fellow student to give you hand. Takes about 5 minutes to change them one at a time.
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Open hood, crank on your leaf blower and set it on high. Place in between valve covers and aim it at hood.
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Broom stick, hockey stick, fishing pole . Paint brush extention, vice grips , bungee cord, extra person. 2 extra persons(one to hold beer can)rope , block and tackle.

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