Engine hood not opening properly

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ALAN N
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  • 1963 FORD THUNDERBIRD
  • 6.4L
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 150,000 MILES
Hood does not always open, it sticks on right side.
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Friday, July 2nd, 2021 AT 10:37 AM

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Tiny
JJAYMECH
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Does it stick at the corner closest to the windshield? If so then the hinge could be rusty or seized. Place a rag beneath the hinge to catch excess, then spray the pivots with a good penetrating oil. Place a cushion or folded blanket on top of the hood latch so you can move the hood open and closed quickly. Work it back and forth. When the hinge starts to free up, squirt some engine oil into the pivots. When you are done, use the rag to wipe down the hinge area. Lubricate the other hinge while you are at it. And the front hood latch mechanism.
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Friday, July 2nd, 2021 AT 4:56 PM
Tiny
KENNY K
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First of all, great car!

As for this issue, JJAYMECH is touching on the common issues with these mid 60's Ford hinges.

As they age they start to bind. Many people have actually bent their hoods on the longer nose vehicles because they bind in the up position.

However, you may need to try and access the hinges from under the vehicle in order to lubricate them. This vehicle has large fenders and the hinges are not easily accessible with the hood down.

Once you do spray them, he is correct that you need to start working the hood as much as it will move so that the lubricant can start to work into the hinge.

Please let us know how you make out on this vehicle. Thanks
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Saturday, July 3rd, 2021 AT 7:26 PM

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