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Hood Prop Ideas
#1299240 Sat Feb 16 2019 05:34 PM
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Looking for hood prop ideas for my ‘46 Chevy 1/2 Ton. I tried the universal kit that has the two fold out arms attached to the radiator support rod. That type works fine on the ‘37, but its far too short and mounts too low to be usable for the ‘46. I found another type that apparently GMC trucks used. Those appear to slide onto the rad support rod, and have a bracket welded on a flat metal bar. That bracket rests on the cowl when the bar is raised to vertical and the hood outer edge is nested in a notch in the bar. That seems an easy solution, if the hood etc is all disassembled. This truck is now mostly reassembled.

I know some simply fold the hood back, letting the center hinge do all the work. I would prefer to avoid that.

Any ideas?

Re: Hood Prop Ideas
46Sparky #1299254 Sat Feb 16 2019 07:23 PM
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Not familiar with how the '46 Chevy hood works, but on my Model A, the rear of the lower hood panel would rest in a hook on the firewall. Maybe something like that would work on your Chevy.


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Re: Hood Prop Ideas
46Sparky #1299267 Sat Feb 16 2019 08:26 PM
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I had a 1936 Ford which did the same thing as Kevin mentioned. The only thing you had to watch was having it rest there in high wind. If you were working with your head down inside there, you could get a real bang on the noggin.


Jon

1952 1/2 ton with 1959 235
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Re: Hood Prop Ideas
Jon G #1299325 Sun Feb 17 2019 03:13 AM
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I made mine from a piece of 3/8 bar stock with a rubber tip on the end, a hinge made from sheet metal and a bolt, and a hold down bracket from sheet metal a bolt and hitch pin clip. Very simple and easy to use.

These are the only photos I have now. I can make more photos but will be a day or two before I can.

Harold

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Front Bracket.JPG (194.87 KB, 165 downloads)
New Prop.JPG (181.37 KB, 170 downloads)
Prop in use.JPG (177.46 KB, 158 downloads)

Harold Wilson
41 Chevy 3/4 Ton
Re: Hood Prop Ideas
46Sparky #1299438 Mon Feb 18 2019 12:52 AM
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Thanks to all! A buddy pointed me to a Stovebolt Tech Tip that shows the hood prop referenced in my OP. Went out to the shop today and I had all the metal needed to make them. Although, I could have mig welded the “L” bracket part, I opted to pop rivet them. Glad I did, because Mr. Bonehead 🤪 struck again! One of the brackets was fastened up side down.😜. Had wanted to avoid removing the hood etc., but think this was the best choice for me and Sparky.
Cheers!

Re: Hood Prop Ideas
46Sparky #1300912 Wed Feb 27 2019 09:40 PM
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I know you are all done, but....I was planning on using the tech tip method also...when I get to that point. But I met a fellow Bolter at Homecoming last year and he had this on his GMC. I really like this idea, being it has the canvas strap.

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Re: Hood Prop Ideas
46Sparky #1300945 Thu Feb 28 2019 01:26 AM
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How about something like this?:

https://www.speedwaymotors.com/Speedway-Universal-Stainless-Steel-Street-Rod-Hood-Prop-Rod-Kit,329690.html

It would be pretty easy to make. I have one like this on my roadster and it works great although it does not hold the hood way up in the air like the photos of the red and blue trucks.


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Last edited by yar; Thu Feb 28 2019 01:28 AM.

Ray
Re: Hood Prop Ideas
46Sparky #1300955 Thu Feb 28 2019 01:55 AM
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Thanks again guys!

The canvas strap idea would be a good modification to the Tech Tip suggestion used.

The universal stainless steel option was what I used successfully on my ‘37 Chevy 1/2 Ton. I assumed it would also work on my Sparky, the ‘46 Chevy 1/2 Ton, which it did not, unfortunately. It turned out to be too short and mounted too low to capture the hood. So, it will join the unused parts pile I’ll be taking to a some future swap meet.


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