When your stock hinges become weak and worn out from the opening and closing of your cars hood throughout the years there are several choices you can make when it’s time to replace them from used to new. From experience we have learned to avoid going out and purchasing used hinges because the pins or the pivot points are usually worn out and the springs are so weak that your hood won’t stay up by itself or when it closes it comes down on one side of your fender either buckling your hood or chipping your paint job. At the end you could be paying more than these nice billet hinges that are available from Classic Industries for some applications.
So this month we stopped by Classic Industries in Huntington Beach CA., as they are the recognized leaders in auto restoration and weighed in on the options for a ‘70 Chevrolet Caprice. After looking at their new style and replacement for old stock hinges, it was a no brainer to exchange the old hinges for a new custom billet type with shock hinges. These premium Fesler billet hood hinges enhance the under hood area of your Chevy. They are CNC machined and designed to be direct replacements for the originals. These updated quality hinges feature ball bearing pivot joints and gas shocks that are available from natural, black anodized, or even a polished finish. The best part is that you do not need to wait for the chrome shop to get your pieces back cutting down on your build time. Please come along with us as we show you how to install a set of the Fesler original billet hood hinges purchased at Classic Industries.
1. These Fesler hinges were so classy that they even came with a set of handling gloves to keep the smudges off.
2. The stock hinges where removed and the fenders were ready to receive the new and updated set of billet hinges.
3. First on our agenda was to bolt the new aluminum hinges on to the fenders.
4. Before adding the shocks or doing anything else you should make sure that the hinges are fully functional and that they can completely collapse and open by the use of your hand.
5. If your hinge does not close as it is in this image you will need to readjust them.
6. Once you do all of the major adjustments, the hinge should open and close pretty freely. The hinges should also be ready to have the shocks added to them.
7. The clips that hold the shock in place needed to be removed.
8. The shock and lock clip where put back on.
9. With the shocks back on the hinge we were ready to have the hood bolted back on.
10. When it was time to bolt on the hood, it is always a good thing to have extra helping hands to align the hood and make the job easier.
11. The hood was tightened down snugly to allow further adjustments to be made.
12. After checking the hood for proper alignment it was tightened down one last time.
13. As you can see the hood gap lines were perfect and the bodywork that needed to be done could now be completed.