Step 2: Locate and Drill Your Flat Spots

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First thing you need to do is to find flat spots in your hood that touches flat spots on your frame when the hood is closed (in my case the Dodge Ram hood has two rubber stoppers that meet the hood and it just so happens they were the flattest parts of the hood) in any case you need to find these flat spots and then make sure that those flat spots meet a part of the frame or unibody that can be accessed easily from the bottom of the frame. This is extremely important that plan this out thoroughly before you drill, Nothing is worse than misjudging or guessing at where the hole should be. Not to mention the look of misaligned hood pins


Once you have located their spots take your drill and your quarter inch bit, and drill to pilot holes all the way through though hood.

Now follow that pilot hole through with your step drill bit until you have bored a hole just large enough to accommodate the hood pin

Hood pins are basically just big bolts with two nuts holding them in place and a hole drilled through the side. So the installation is very similar to a bolt. the most difficult part about the installation is lining up the holes in the hood to the pins below. If your drilling new holes in the frame simply close your hood and stick an un-capped sharpie through the hole to mark the frame.
I put a set of hood pins into my son's Plymouth Lazer after the hood latch let go (while driving!). It was too easy. First, I pulled out a pair of the rubber feet at the top of the radiator mount to locate two correct-sized holes. I then screwed the pins firmly into the holes. I gently closed the hood to make sure that where the pins would come through would work. Then I slammed the hood as hard as I could against the pins a few times to 'mark' the location for the holes. I drilled up from the newly-made dents in the bottom of the hood, jammed the hood down onto the pins to size the holes and then screwed on the discs. The whole operation took less than 15 minutes from start to finish.
Wow, I have been working late into the night the last few nights, and when I woke up blurry eyed I check the mail on my phone, and this one made me sit bolt upright, when I got to the part about slamming the hood down on the pins, I've never seen anyone do that before. Hey I always say if it works do it! It's a good way to test the pins strength out of the box. I my case the rubber stoppers bolts where way to tiny for these 1/2 inch pins to screw into, so drilling them out was my only option. Luckily the rubber stoppers had an indention's stamped already on the corresponding hood making it line up easily, But I did have concerns on the write up how someone could line them up with out them, thanks for the input. The biggest problem I had with the time was going and getting the tools back and forth. Thanks again for sharing an interesting twist from your experience and for the reply.
i think id either put a small tether cable on the pins so you couldn't lose them but otherwise looks nice and is practical<br><br>that and if it was mine id use some slightly different pins <br> something like McMaster carr pn# 90170A650<br>http://www.mcmaster.com/param/images/Pins/90170awithoutchaincallout.gif<br><br>the previous owner of my car had the same thing happen but i think he forgot to latch it as all the latch stuff still works solid just slightly bent at this point
I looked at the tethers they were selling for 8.00 I think I can make a couple for this but haven't got that far yet, and I can probably make them for a cheaper cost too. <br><br>Actually I was looking at these for the miata:<br><br>http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BLUE-ANODIZED-ALUMINUM-RACE-SECURITY-HOOD-LOCK-PINS-KIT-/230684106240?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&amp;hash=item35b5d81e00 <br><br>
Thank you for a good practical Instructable.
Thanks for the praise, Phil. I appreciate the comment for someone with your instructables experience. Your wood projects have been very educational, I've been a learning wood worker for years and of all the people that I know no one has ever had a proven method for finding centers on round logs or dowels for a wood lathe, your center finder helped my work ten-fold. Thanks Again for the reply
I am glad you can use the center finder and that it helped what you do. I made one, but have used it only a few times. My wood projects are supposed to be perfect when they are finished, but there is always some little inaccuracy or mistake. I talked to a very good woodworker who taught industrial arts many years in a high school. He said there are always little mistakes in every project. I have learned to photograph my projects so the mistakes do not show.
Actually I use it all the time now, I working on a pool cue with a lions head which was my third try the other two were so warped I couldn't use them, then I found your circle center and now it's coming along
Very nice, practical I'ble, as Phil said. The narrative part is great, and really makes it work. Not being a car guy, a big thing I missed was having a series of photos on that last step showing the progress of the installation. <br><br>Doing the job at 1 am, to have it finished before the glass crew arrives, probably precluded you spending a lot of time on documentation :-) If you do decide to put a set on your Miata, could you take some pictures as you go through the install and add them here?
Thanks for the comment Kelsey, Yeah now that I look back at the pics I did miss a couple of pics when it comes to putting the nut on the bottom, and maybe the adjusting process. As it is my wife has the truck right now and I will attempt to get out in the morning and update the pics with those. The kit didn't come with lock washers and I'm one of those kinds that worries about every little possible detail like one of the nuts working loose (I know the way these are designed makes it unlikely but still an added precaution that I would always suggest at the very least thread sealer). It's really straight forward though if your thinking about trying it. I considered making my own (and I might still for the Miata) but for as cheap as the kits are, this is one of car hacks or mods that it would cost more to make a set than buying it already made is. <br><br>Though like I said the installation after the drilling is really just put on the bottom nut and keep opening and closing the hood and adjusting the two nuts on the pin till the pin's hole is just above the top of the hood, then tighten. Then install the trim plates and slide the cotter pins through the holes to lock the hood down. <br><br>If you try it message me, I'll be glad to help however I can, thanks again for the reply.

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