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Old September 5th, 2018, 03:34 PM
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‘68 442 hood hinges

The hinges on the ‘68s don’t open very high and it makes working on the engine pretty difficult. Is anyone aware of any retrofits/workarounds or aftermarket solutions that will open the hood more fully?
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Old September 5th, 2018, 08:18 PM
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1968 hood hinges are a one year only fit. The bolt pattern where the hinge bolts to the fender is not the same as later models (i.e. 1969-1972) and there is no interchange with other GM makes. No aftermarket replacements are available that I know of. After a divot or two gets removed from your skull, you'll adapt... I did.
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Old September 5th, 2018, 08:25 PM
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I suffer the same thing with my '68 4-4-2 convertible. So, when I got my '69 4-4-2 convertible, I was so happy because of the hood hinge change that allowed the hood to open wider. WRONG! Oldsmobile had to stick that nose on the hood so the fact that the hood opens wider makes no difference with the scabs on the back side of my noggin! Just got to be careful!

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‘68 hood hinges

Thats funny right there! Thanks for the replies. Guess I’ll wear a helmet when I work under the hood.
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Old September 6th, 2018, 07:22 AM
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Originally Posted by teamwieland View Post
The hinges on the ‘68s don’t open very high and it makes working on the engine pretty difficult. Is anyone aware of any retrofits/workarounds or aftermarket solutions that will open the hood more fully?


If you happen to have a dual pattern 68-69 fender you can modify the 69 hinges to fit the 68 hood. It's not a direct bolt-in though. The 69 hood bolt holes have to be elongated to fit the 68 hood.

My fenders are dual pattern and I have the 69 hinges but it was enough of a PIA that I chose to just install the 68 hinges. Even after you elongate the holes there isn't much forward/back adjustment available

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the 68 hood doesn't open far enough to let enough light in to see well or avoid hitting your head so after I hit my head one too many times on my 68 hood I modified my hinges by cutting off the stops and welding them back up and grinding them smooth so the hood opens up higher, am the only one to do this? the only drawback is it makes the hood harder to close and I have to push back hard on the hood while pulling down .I have to keep the hinges well lubricated and if I just pull down to close it would probably bend the hood, but it is worth it to not hit my head every time I open the hood.
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Old September 6th, 2018, 10:17 AM
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the 68 hood doesn't open far enough to let enough light in to see well or avoid hitting your head so after I hit my head one too many times on my 68 hood I modified my hinges by cutting off the stops and welding them back up and grinding them smooth so the hood opens up higher, am the only one to do this? the only drawback is it makes the hood harder to close and I have to push back hard on the hood while pulling down .I have to keep the hinges well lubricated and if I just pull down to close it would probably bend the hood, but it is worth it to not hit my head every time I open the hood.
Aha! I knew there was someone out there who hit his head one too many times. Seriously, I will likely give that a try. Not sure how much you relieved the stop by and why it makes it harder to close the hood but I’d love to see how much higher your hood opens. As much of a pain as it is to remove the hood I am always tempted if I know I will be under hood for more than 5 minutes.
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I did an entire engine bay overhaul last year which included stripping everything off the engine, painting, and reassembling. I had the radiator out and worked in the engine bay most of the time. I didn't hit my head hard once.
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Old September 6th, 2018, 01:00 PM
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I pretty much cut all the stop off and it opens easily as much as a 69-72 hood does . it is harder to close because the spring is no longer stretched as far with the stop removed in the open [resting] position and in order to close the hood you have to first stretch the spring far enough to start the hinge movement downward as it works like a cam eccentric in an arc,somewhat like a compound bow's cams work. pushing back on the hood stretches the spring allowing it to start moving down that arc. hope that explains it well enough!
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It's a learning curve. Just keep your damn head down!
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