The other day my wife was going down the highway and the hood latch to my old Dodge Ram broke while she was driving my truck the hood flew back and smashed the windshield bending up the hood hinges and tearing to latch free. Luckily she was able to pull over to the side quickly, however it scared her so bad that she could hardly breathe. Now I could simply go to a junk yard and replace the latch however knowing she will need to drive this truck she will always be scared this might happen again, I decided to install a couple of hood pins.
For those of you who are unaware of what these are? They are simply what they sound like, two pins that slightly protrude through the hood of your vehicle and are primarily used for racing parts for quick removal of a hood. However I have made good use of these in the past for securing a hood to prevent something like what my wife had experienced (not to mention they lend a little more toughness to look of that big old Dodge)
Total time to install about 37 minutes, barring the smoke breaks and running to the workshop to get the Dremel.
"How to install "Automotive Hood Pins" to a factory steel hood"
Step 1: No time to get it done lets get moving!
I've got at eight o'clock appointment with a windshield replacement company this morning, so to get the truck there I've got to get these installed, it's 1am, so let's get moving!
Hood pin kit ( I picked these up at pep boys for about $10)
3 drill bits (one pilot bit, 1/4" bit, and one step drill bit a good investment from harbor freight $7.99)
Socket set ( the ones pictured, are shallow however I've found that I needed to use my deep well sockets for this project)
Wrench ( the 19 mm wrench is not pictured but it is helpful to have when adjusting your pins)
Dremel with cutting discs ( If you have any stuck bolts that you will need to drill out it helps to Dremel them off and drill them out)
Floodlight (This will help if you're working after dark, or in the early morning hours like me )