November 15, 2006Did any one ever make a "kit" to put in the gas strut style type of support, or has anyone ever done this type modification. My buddy who owns a custom shop said the closest he has done is put in an electric actuator to raise and lower the hood
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November 15, 2006i would think it would be pretty easy. im always replacing hoods and front ends on cars at work after accidents and all they use is two bolts with like a ball on the end of them that they snap onto. youd just have to drill a hole on the fender and on the hood or weld them on and get some shocks
November 15, 2006you see thats what I thought too, and then, some body shops guys through me WAY off by telling alot more info like getting the right length, and the right "weight" to hold up such a big hood, and then pretty much said ..."it prolly wont work" but heck my Superduty has a rather larger and heavy hood, and it uses this type of support for the hood......
November 15, 2006yeah that might be a problem, im usually working on new cadis or new lincolns which have that set up. but they also have aluminum hoods and are very light. maybe you can double up on the shocks or something
November 15, 2006I don't think weight would be a problem with correct struts. They are used to hold up the tailgates on vans, and even the fiberglass ones have to be heavier than a truck hood. My UnderCover bed cover uses them to hold it up, too.
It'd be harder to get one with the correct stroke to fit between the mounts when closed and still be long enough to open fully. That would mostly take a lot of measuring and trial fittings. Ford has already done some of that stuff, just find one and measure it up. My new work truck is an F450, if I have any time this week, I'll see what they look like. Then you'd just need to mount the swivel studs.