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'37 Packard 120 convertible sedan hood hinge cover
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Could someone please tell me the correct method to install a hood hinge cover on a '37 120? Should the hood be removed and the hinge cover slipped on over the hinge or can the hinge cover be installed by fixing the lip under the hinge on one side and then pressing/rocking the cover and clicking the other lip into place? Does the closed end go on the end at the radiator?

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Posted on: 2/16 9:16
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Re: '37 Packard 120 convertible sedan hood hinge cover
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I admit holding my breath when doing this myself. It is a tight clip-on unit. I had to go out to the shop just now and check mine, but it does not have a closed end. Both ends on mine are open and need to be to clear the hinge brackets on the car's cowl and grill shell. I suggest you check your brackets and see which one would better clear the 'closed' end.
As to 'snapping' it on, I did mine off the car with the hood on my carpeted basement floor. I also lubricated the hoods centre rib with dish soap to allow the decorative strip to slide over the rib a 'bit' easier. I started at one end and slowly worked the lip over the rib until it was completely seated, then exhaled!
Good luck,
Bob J.

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Posted on: 2/16 11:14
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Re: '37 Packard 120 convertible sedan hood hinge cover
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I think that you are on the right track but the closed end goes toward the windshield. Good luck

Posted on: 2/16 11:29
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Re: '37 Packard 120 convertible sedan hood hinge cover
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On my '37 120, the closed end is to the rear, and the other end meets the donut lady's base. The closed back end of the trim is visible from the driver's seat. I'd want the paint on the hood to be very well-dried before attempting to install the trim. Some light oil might help keep it from digging into the paint. I'd put the hood on the car first and get it lined up, then latch it down and lay the trim on it and align it front to back as best you can, then mark the trim piece and a point on the hood to help get the trim in alignment front to back when installing. It may not move easily once in place, and I'd want to avoid having to take it off.

Posted on: 2/16 15:19
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Re: '37 Packard 120 convertible sedan hood hinge cover
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Thanks for the response and suggestions as how best to install the hinge cover. I finally got mine on (Max Meritt) but am probably 10 feet closer to hell. I removed the hood to make the install and placed a 2X4 underneath to give me a solid support under the hinge. My problem was not wet paint (had been painted for 9 months) but too much paint. The epoxy primer plus the urethane was too thick, even though well oiled it would not clip on. After carefully removing much of the paint from the hinge with a razor blade I finally got it to click on. If there is a next time, which I hope there isn't, I will try sliding it into place rather than trying to clip it in place - if the hood is on the car you have no choice except to try and clip it on but off the car you can push it along a well oiled surface. Another learning is do not have the cover chrome plated. I had my original piece plated and ended up with a very brittle trim piece and one that could not be clipped into place because of the thick nickel/copper/chrome plating.

Posted on: 2/22 9:09
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Re: '37 Packard 120 convertible sedan hood hinge cover
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I had to do the same thing, remove the clear coat.
I did try as you suggested to slide it on but the surface tension is way to high to allow it to slip that far. I am sure the trim would be distorted catastrophically if I proceeded any further, so I went back to snapping it over and it worked fine.
So that is to say I think you did it the only way possible, well done!
Bob J.

Posted on: 2/22 11:54
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Quote:

Dbedsole wrote:
Thanks for the response and suggestions as how best to install the hinge cover. I finally got mine on (Max Meritt) but am probably 10 feet closer to hell. I removed the hood to make the install and placed a 2X4 underneath to give me a solid support under the hinge. My problem was not wet paint (had been painted for 9 months) but too much paint. The epoxy primer plus the urethane was too thick, even though well oiled it would not clip on. After carefully removing much of the paint from the hinge with a razor blade I finally got it to click on. If there is a next time, which I hope there isn't, I will try sliding it into place rather than trying to clip it in place - if the hood is on the car you have no choice except to try and clip it on but off the car you can push it along a well oiled surface. Another learning is do not have the cover chrome plated. I had my original piece plated and ended up with a very brittle trim piece and one that could not be clipped into place because of the thick nickel/copper/chrome plating. mario games

Thank you for creating this topic. I was the same as you, I couldn't install the hinge and didn't know what the cause was. I seem to have given up. As you said, I just tried scraping off the paint on the hinge and I was finally able to press it. Great. Have a nice day.

Posted on: 2/27 23:26
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Re: '37 Packard 120 convertible sedan hood hinge cover
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