Courtesy of Herman Wedemire - April 11, 2023
As I continue to make improvements to my Model A, Some of which Henry Ford may have forgotten. This is the first tip I am sharing. How to strengthen a floppy hood.
Is the lower section of your hood sloppy as a result of being worn by the latches?
I have a solution which makes the hood very sturdy, better than new.
I bought 3.5mm stainless rods on Amazon and drove them in the hole at the curl of the hood. to form a spline full length of the hood edge. Now nice and sturdy.
Note 3.5MM is a very tight fit and may be difficult to get into the hole. I used a 1/8 long drill followed by 5/32 long bit to clear the hole.
Two rods for each side. You will have to cut a bit off one rod as two rods are longer than the hood edge.
Rods can be bought at this link: Amazon Rod Link