My kit was one of the last to ship with the old style hood hinge. After recently installing the new hood hinge retrofit, I still have the old hinge laying around. Has anybody adapted the old hood hinge to work with the trunk? If not, I might have to give that a try.
I used Shell Valley's hood and trunk hinges. Sturdy, economical, look good, and required only minimal fabrication. They were also kind enough to sell the pieces that bond into the body when we asked, as they do not normally sell those pieces with their hinges.
Give Shell Valley a call and talk to them- they're pretty good guys even if you didn't buy their kit. The hinges themselves are cheap, but only include the hinge arms. We asked them to sell us everything to do the hinges: the plates that bond to the body, the hinge arms, hardware, and the plates that bond to the hood/trunk. All told, it was about $60 for the trunk and $60 dollars for the hood. Most of the modification we did were probably not necessary, but we welded an extra strap onto the ends of the body plate to give more bond surface area, made a half hood hoop (16 guage steel and a plasma cutter) to bond to the back of the hood to weld the hinges to, and opened up the bend on the front hinge arms to get more swing. The trunk is very straight forward with no necessary modifications. We used 3M structural adhesive to bond everything, and on the trunk ground away the fiberglass so that the plates could be bonded directly to the aluminum liner. I'm trying to find a digital camera to borrow to get some pictures. All told, I've got about $220 in the hinges, hood hoop, latching hood and trunk supports, and adhesive.
A small downside of the hidden hinges is the trunk room they take up.The FFR trunk is tiny as is particularly when road tripping with a female and her array of cosmetics, garments, and various accessories.Just an observation.Pete.
Hey Larry, is there any way you could share this info with me too? It would be greatly appriciated. I am at that stage and need somthing economical and looks good. Thank You in advance for any help. your Friend BenC
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