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Old 25th January 2010, 11:05   #16
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Old 25th January 2010, 14:14   #17
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I was always wondering what those 2 things are in the bonnet (circled in red)?
Those hood pins were used a long time ago - probably in high speed drag racing - to prevent the hood from flying up and blinding the driver. You may ask, isn't that the purpose of the stock hood latch? I am guessing the musclecar racers of yesteryears had good reason not to trust the stock latch.
To lighten a stock car for racing, it was typical to jettison weight by -- among other things -- replacing the heavy steel hood with one made of glass-reinforced plastic. Naturally, installing and affixing a proper spring-loaded hood latch to this fibreglass contraption was beyond the engineering competence of home-garage racers.

So the next best thing was a simple pin with an "R" clip bolted to the front valance, to go through a reinforced hole in the plastic hood.
Instead of an "R" clip, some even used a linch pin and stay cable.

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And presto, the hood pin was born.
It was made of plain mild steel, chromed for show, and later even aluminum-alloy billet and stainless steel. A simple "R" clip cotter pin would hold the hood down and be easy to remove, when it was necessary to open the hood.

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