Hood pins.

My second set of Quik Latch mini “hood pins” began to fail: on the way home one day, half of the hood started floating up on the highway which was a little scary.  It was time to do something about it. Although that’s exactly what I said after the first ones failed, it was easier to put on a second set just to get by for a while.  The problem is the Quik Latch pins only have three very small tangent contact points, so they wear easily and once they do, they don’t hold on any more. To be fair, I don’t think they are designed to be hood pins (the company makes much larger ones for that.) Still, it seems like they are supposed to hold on body panels and other similar things, which would undergo some of the same stresses, so I’m not sure I would trust them for anything more than very light duty.

I made a temporary hood pin that was basically a threaded rod to replace the Quik Latch ball stud and then turned up a stepped washer on the lathe to bolt the hood closed. Then I set to work on designing my own hood pins. I wanted them to function similar to the Quik Latches and not need any tools to open the hood, be quick and easy to operate, be small and unobtrusive, have a flush look unlike regular hood pins, use the same holes that were already in the hood, and most importantly be solid! Which of course is asking a lot. That being said, I think I succeeded and really like the look of the new ones with the black anodized aluminum top piece. The new pins work with ball lock pins that latch into stainless receivers mounted to the radiator support.  They were a bit of a challenge to install due to getting the compound angles to line up, but once that was taken care of they worked fine. They seem very rugged, so we’ll see how they hold up in the long term.

pin assemblies pre-anodize

pin assemblies pre-anodize


anodized and installed

anodized and installed


anodized close up

anodized close up


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4 Responses to Hood pins.

  1. Todd says:

    Sooooo…. You can do anodizing?

  2. Drivesa5 says:

    Haha .. I don’t personally do it, I have it done through work. It’s a lot charge usually, so I just throw some parts in when we send something to get anodized or hard coated so they’re freebies.
    I’m not sure if it’s the place or the process or what, but the black actually faded quite a lot on these. Still looks neat, but isn’t really black anymore. I have a dark gray hardcoated set also, I doubt hardcoat will fade.
    Looking to do some bike parts?

  3. Doug Butler says:

    Chris can you contact me? A person needs to purchase your rocker arm tool.

    Thanks, Doug

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