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Mike S

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Re: GM hood hinge springs
« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2018, 03:14:41 AM »
Hi Chick,
  Your hinge assembly looks more light gray than mine. Is yours oiled or dry? Mine is oiled and it turned (over time) from that gray like yours to a darker gray in the photo, which matches the hue of the spring on my car when viewed with the eye. The camera shows otherwise and that is likely due to the round shape of the spring reflecting the flashes light in a diverging pattern whereby the flatter shapes of the hinge reflect it back more to the lens (astrophotography is my passion so I'm familiar with light behavior)
  If you ever parkerize a firearm (it is the same as phosphating) they too tend to darken over time when oiled. It is likely the oil causing that reaction. Thanks for the reply!

Mike
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Re: GM hood hinge springs
« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2018, 07:25:23 PM »
So what's this washer trick for spring replacement?
Chris W

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Re: GM hood hinge springs
« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2018, 08:09:02 PM »
Lower the hood enough to insert washers between the springs. Raise the hood and it should have enough slack to pull out.
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Re: GM hood hinge springs
« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2018, 11:53:13 PM »
Scott,

  What are you talking about?  The picture speaks for itself in regards to hue between the spring and hinge. Looking at it in person they look the same. The photo shows a slight variance.

Mike
I've noticed different hues when comparing spring steel and non spring steel. That is all. Photorealistic airbrushing is a field with which I am familiar.

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Re: GM hood hinge springs
« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2018, 12:02:49 AM »
So what's this washer trick for spring replacement?
You do not need to use washers. 
Every make and model I've done was accomplished with a vise and a hook to remove and install the spring.  Piece of cake. No washers.

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Re: GM hood hinge springs
« Reply #20 on: September 14, 2018, 06:49:38 PM »
I parkerized my hood hinges along with the hood latch and some other underhood parts about 7 years ago, and the finish is still holding up and I am not too far from ocean.