73 Challenger Hood Hinge Springs

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James Curd
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73 Challenger Hood Hinge Springs

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Hi, just moved from Mustang to Mopar, finding parts a bit more tricky to source!!

My metal hood doesn’t stay up on its own, the hinges and springs are present but assume the springs are weak, I’ve been to Rock Auto and the other well known suppliers but no joy.
An anyone help? Year One just seem to stock springs for glass fibre hoods.
Thanks
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Dave999
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Re: 73 Challenger Hood Hinge Springs

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well you seem to be able to get new old and NOS on ebay for various levels of astronomical cost

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/304783547227

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/304610618375

https://www.ebay.com/itm/304871264311

i presume your car currently has a metal hood and some previous owner used the replacement springs designed for use with the fiberglass hood.
that might explain its droopyness

otherwise the original springs must have been really crap. I think there is a modicum of over centre style action to the hinges so it should stay up even if the springs weaken somewhat it would be just a bit less stiff in the middle of its motion from closed to open

if its trying to come down all the time on the way from closed to open something is, as you have identified, not quite right


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James Curd
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Re: 73 Challenger Hood Hinge Springs

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Thanks, one of those links is to just the springs, they are expensive but just what I wanted, well done on finding. I will double check my hood though as your advice is interesting. My hood just closes, doesn’t even hold anywhere so possibly another problem or the springs are for a fibreglass hood. Appreciate your help.
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Re: 73 Challenger Hood Hinge Springs

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If you are not in a hurry and can come to the swap meet in March there is a reasonable chance you could find some s/h otherwise I bet Duncan Watts has some stashed in his bat cave
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