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Struts or Prop Rod......

Never used to be.

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#1 Rich B.

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 03:22 PM

So was over to BJ's (ME bulk and wholesale stores) and was looking at a 64.5 Motor Max Mustang. Made me think that back then, the cars had hood lift springs even my '67. So what's up with the cheap ass prop rod these days for OEM? When was the changeover done and as everything, less for more $$? It's an embarrassment to open the hood and have to fumble for rod to prop the thing open. Oh it's way light in weight but simply just the idea.

Have the Redline SS struts in and what a difference, prop is out in shed loft next to OEM mufflers lol. Still lift the hood up and look for the now missing piece. We have unique this and that but no way to keep the hood open other than...... Nothing was wrong with this (see photo).

Also not certain when the double hood latch was mandated, used to be when you popped the hood it could be lifted. Too many hoods went flying off over tops of cars it appears. Think they were in use by '69, maybe not. Really actually needed hood pins before that adaption (knew I'd think of some topic sooner or later). Of coarse autos had prop rods before the lift springs came along, can't remember back that far.

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 07:13 AM

Not sure when things changed. The springs under the hood was a better idea but I do recall when they went bad, the springs would give inevitably when your head was under the hood and you know the rest of the story. The prop rod was better unless you hit it while working and it slipped, which, once again there would be head trauma. Then along came the struts and I suppose they too can fail and your noggin will pay the price. The double action hood latch was a bit over kill but if you forget to close it completely and ran the car hard, well all kinds of bad things can happen. I do have some aero latch pins for the Boss but haven't put them on yet. The added security at 150 MPH is great but I 'm thinking of an aftermarket hood would be a good victim for my drill and I, rather than spoiling the OEM hood. 

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 02:16 PM

Cutting weight is important when trying to make mileage numbers, I am sure that cost also had a lot to do with the change.

BTW. Prop rods predate springs or struts.




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Posted 04 September 2017 - 07:10 PM

LOL....makes me chuckle a bit.......Jay Leno calls em "Hood Sticks"! :hysterical:



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