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what can i use to hold up my engine hood? by northstar
Started on: 09-11-2013 09:54 PM
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I have a 86 se my engine cover--rear hood won't stay up--lm using a broom handle this looks like well you know---what can I use? Thanks c-note
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Report this Post09-11-2013 10:14 PM Click Here to See the Profile for NetCamClick Here to visit NetCam's HomePageSend a Private Message to NetCamEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Rodney Dickman sells struts, they work great.
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My deck stays up as long as the wind in not to Strong. For safety I used a white drive way marker cut and sanded to length. ($1.00) Propped in the hole already in the deck lid and the truck rubber gasket, it works great and looks professional. I will post a picture tomorrow.

3/16 dia fiberglass driveway marker. Cut off top and sand a conical shape on the end then cut to 18 3/4 long.

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Originally posted by northstar:

I have a 86 se my engine cover--rear hood won't stay up


Have you adjusted the tension of the rear decklid springs/torsion rods?
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Originally posted by NetCam:

Rodney Dickman sells struts, they work great.


Or you can go with this... //www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/091335.html
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I added the dual strut kit to mine. best investment,,,,

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Originally posted by jhgraham:

My deck stays up as long as the wind in not to Strong.


 
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Originally posted by Patrick:

Have you adjusted the tension of the rear decklid springs/torsion rods?



Same question. Move the pins for the torsion rods to increase the tension on the decklid.

See here: //www.fiero.nl/forum/A...040223-2-043677.html

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Report this Post09-12-2013 09:26 AM Click Here to See the Profile for jaskispyderSend a Private Message to jaskispyderEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Did you add a spoiler to the decklid? If so, you will need a strut kit or different springs. If this is OEM, then check to make sure one of the springs is not broken and adjust them. Otherwise, get the strut kit (I like it over the springs anyway).
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MAKE SURE that you read the procedure for adjusting the stock springs. You could easily explode your rear glass. I suggest a heavy piece of plywood over it for just in case. Theres a LOT of tension on them that will catch you by surprise and happen in 1/10 of a second.
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Originally posted by rogergarrison:

You could easily explode your rear glass.


???

With the rear decklid in place (and why would it not be?), I don't see any way the rear glass could be damaged while adjusting the decklid springs/torsion bars.
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Report this Post09-12-2013 11:14 AM Click Here to See the Profile for tesmith66Send a Private Message to tesmith66Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
If the straps are missing, broken, or about to break, the hinge WILL contact the glass (with no decklid installed, of course).

I used a hood cylinder from a 1984 Buick Regal on my lid, but it really needs 2- especially with a wing. Go with Rodney's kit if you want something clean and not homemade looking.

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Originally posted by Patrick:

???

With the rear decklid in place (and why would it not be?), I don't see any way the rear glass could be damaged while adjusting the decklid springs/torsion bars.

I have adjusted the springs, but the decklid was still on and limiting cables were in good condition. There shouldn't be an issue if the decklid is still on.

BTW, adjusting the springs won't help if a spoiler was added. New springs will need to be installed, or a strut kit.
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I added a factory spoiler to my non-spoiler car and simply moved the torsion bar pins to the next hole to put more tension on them. Worked perfectly.
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Originally posted by tesmith66:

I added a factory spoiler to my non-spoiler car and simply moved the torsion bar pins to the next hole to put more tension on them. Worked perfectly.


Interesting. Didn't work for two of my Fieros. It would go up, but any gust of wind and it would fall down.... annoying and painful


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It has been ten years since I even looked at one, but if Im remembering right, the two torsion springs are on the rear firewall and the glass bottom extends down below the deck lid by at least a few inches. I could be wrong...id have to see a pic.
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