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What is the hinge from? Will you have to make many modifications in order to retrofit it to you car?

I'm getting close to the point where I need to come up with something. I should have already figured out something before I got to the stage in the game. I just want simple as possible.

The hinge is from a 1990's era Camaro. I think (See edit)
Personally I wouldn't try to make this oem hinge fit in the car. I suppose it may be possible but it wont look pretty.
I used it just to get the arm lengths right and the location of the pivot and mounting points figured out.

I'll make an all new hinge from what I've learned with this hinge.

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Sorry
Brain fart

Hood hinge from a 1989-92 Camaro and I think the Firebirds had the same setup for those years

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Old 01-02-2017, 06:15 PM
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Gotcha, pretty it up and get rid of much of the clunky metal bits! Cool, looking forward to the finished product.
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I found that bmw 3 series trunk hinges are the most compact. I originally wanted to use them for gullwing doors as they have integrated struts and are very low profile but decided to go another route and use the pair a have for the hood hinges.
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I fear anything with a gas strut since our hoods don't have a inner liner. The area where the hood hinge attaches should have quite a bit of additional glass added to prevent stress cracks when over coming the initial full open of the strut. I love the hinge but might consider removing the gas strut and just using a hood prop.

I see a trip to the pick and pull in my future so I can keep up with you and Brett.
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I looked at those sector and they are nice but we have the issue of the front hood/bonnet clearing the canopy when the canopy is in the open position. Since the canopy/bonnet moves forward when in the open position the hood/bonnet has to move forward a considerable amount to clear the canopy otherwise the hood/bonnet will hit the canopy and not fully open.
With the longer arms on this hinge the hood/bonnet will move forward enough to clear the canopy.




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I fear anything with a gas strut since our hoods don't have a inner liner. The area where the hood hinge attaches should have quite a bit of additional glass added to prevent stress cracks when over coming the initial full open of the strut.
Thought of that also
Gas strut mounts are on the hinge bracket so all stress is contained to the steel frame of the hinge
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Looking good Bret. I keep trying to figure out what I'm going to do with my new hood. I like this system way better then a single hinge point like running a bolt through the side. Of course there can't be an easy bolt on option......
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Of course there can't be an easy bolt on option......

I'm working on that
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I'm digging it. I think the hinge set up was the most frustrating part of the build so an easier solution would be amazing!


... ok I take that back - removing the 25yr old side pods covered in fiberglass insulation fibers in the middle of summer was the most frustrating but still!
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This was covered a while ago. I found one solution was to look at the BMW E30 style hood which moves forward before lifting. It wouldn't be too difficult to rejig a similar mechanism to slide the hood forward a foot before lifting.
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This was covered a while ago. I found one solution was to look at the BMW E30 style hood which moves forward before lifting. It wouldn't be too difficult to rejig a similar mechanism to slide the hood forward a foot before lifting.
Just because it was covered doesn't mean its over and done with
Had this idea for a long time and just got around to making a working model, and since not many were posting I thought I'd share it.

Unlike some Peter, others don't find the challenge of building a mechanism like the BMW's hinge system fun so in this design it can't get much easier. Or they don't have the resources

However even in this design some aren't willing to make the effort which is why I guess I received emails asking if I would be willing to make a few extra ones.

Right now I'm swamped with work(at home) and family stuff and I won't be getting serious about building these for at least another 6 months maybe.

Kids moving back in, Gen 3 Dash, AC/Heater system, new style front hood among other things have left me with zero time to develop and build these right now.

When I get serious about building these I'll entertain the thought of building extras but till that happens I'm focused on other things for right now.
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