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Mitch Ware
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At the 2004 Jensen Nationals in Nashville Frank Schwartz shared the information for replacing the stock hood prop rod with gas struts. I followed Franks' instructions and did the modification to my car. It works great! Purists may poo-poo the change, but I doubt there are really that many Healey's and GT's out there that have everything completely stock.

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Mitch Ware

1974 JH-5 #111119670

1971 TR-6 #CC66950LO

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Now I'm ressembling my car returned from the body shop where among other things they did a wonderful job repairing the kinked hood. I decided not to reinstall the stock strut and visited the local wrecking yard an acquired a rigid support rod and bracket from an older Ford Tempo. It's installed now & works great as it supports the hood at the front and allows the hood to be raised about 4" higher than the standard set up. I'd recommend this route to all.

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Got a photo of how you did it?  My factory support rod is going to fail some day soon and I'm considering alternatives to just replacing it.

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Can do. I'll post a photo in the next couple of days.

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Sorry for delay in pic Mark. I'm waiting for a friend to pop over with a digital camera. Should I e-mail it to you or post it here? Shouldn't be more than a couple more days.

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I'm sure the folks here would appreciate seeing how you installed the support, so I suggest posting photos here.  If you also send me an email with photos then I won't have to figure out how to download stuff from the board.

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How high do these struts raise the hood? In the '74 J-H I bought this weekend (from Tim Fultz), someone in the past replaced the original hood strut with an old-fashioned prop rod. It works fine, but it doesn't raise the hood far enough to avoid backaches.

What I've been using are a pair of wooden dowels, one on each side, to prop the hood (not quite) as high as it will go. What I'd REALLY like is a pair of gas struts that raised the hood nearly as high as the springs will allow.

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Measuring perpendicular from the top of the rad support to the underside of the hood is 42" with my old style prop installation. That gives a lot more room than the stock set up. I've been meaning to get a digital phot taken & post it here, but I haven't figured out how do do that yet. In any event my installation is quite simple. I mounted the support strut base about 7" fore of the position of the original strut and the top of the brace hooks nicely into the hole on the front corner of the hood. Looks & works great.



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