Thanks for the advice!
I drove for one day with the broken hood... got to work... out of paranoia opened the hood to check the security of the latch... and when I tried to shut the hood it would not latch... so I went down the street to Lowe's bought about 4' foot of rope... tied it to the engine brace... ran it through the mach 1 hood scoop and secured it to the cougar grill... that and the safety latch was good to make it home.
I started drilling the holes for hood pins... then discovered that the pins were too short to go through the radiator support... not only that... but the locking pins (ordered from summit racing) were totally incapatible with my hood... so back to the drawing board... errr... parts store.
Being that it was 10:30 the project was on hold until morning...
I was working noon to 8:00... so I had a relatively small window... using a borrowed vehicle... I made my way to autozone... found a set of pins... still too short to go through the radiator support... but I was out of other options and would have to improvise... my idea was to spot weld two of the nuts provided with the kit to the radiator support... only problem, since I'm new to the area, I had no idea where to get the welding done...
After stopping in at a garage... they offered to do it for 20 - 30 dollars!! I wasn't impressed... so I called my roommate... a guy with many connections... he told me of a fab shop his friend worked at about a mile from his place... so I finished the prep work... tied the hood and headed out the road.
Good thing I had the hood tied securely... because a passing dump truck tested my knots by lifting the hood in a most unsettling way... whew! The welding took about 2 minutes tops... I was charged two dollar for thier trouble and on my way!
The hood pins look great... I'm a bit uncomfortable without the hood latch... (removed... as it made alignment to the pins just about impossible... perhaps fixing the hinge might fix that problem?) all it would take is some idiot to pull the pins... or worse my engine compartment is vulnerable to theft...
So... any ideas on how to secure the hood and engine compartment without a latch? I'm considering welding a bolt across the latch reciever on the hood... then having a foot long cable to clip from that to the radiator support... but that still would stop people from accessing the engine area...
Btw... do you think it is worth my effort trying to get summit to take those 'universal' locking hood pins back? Or should I just take the $35 loss?? It burns me that all my car projects must go over time and over budget... every single time!!!
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