Heavy hood, how can I make it easier to open?

Discussion in 'Heavy Duty Diesel Truck Mechanics Forum' started by Loaderlou, Sep 27, 2021.

  1. Loaderlou

    Loaderlou Medium Load Member

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    Hi friends. Wondering if anyone has an idea of how to make my hood easier to open on my 379 exhd other than having someone else open and close it for me. The new models open and close so nice. I was also wondering if I could incorporate those parts into mine. 2 new hips and a bad right shoulder. Any ideas would be great. Thanks
     
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  3. Goodysnap

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    Replace the hood springs, they also assist in initial opening as well as decent to the stop.
     
  4. Loaderlou

    Loaderlou Medium Load Member

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    Hey Goody. I did that recently with new cables, pins and hardware. I usually lift the hood from the bottom of the fender but just wondering if I could retrofit with the new style
     
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    If you’re handy or know a good shop, then add the air cylinders off a 359. I’ve seen a post or two around here somewhere about adding them.
     
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    Those air cil. set ups help you get hood opened, When there is snow on top of hood and fenders its a real help?
     
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    Peterbilt 359 Extended Hood Tilt Air Cylinder - 4 State Trucks

    Not cheap, by any means.........proly even more to install

    Never seen one. Should be simple enough.

    I'm sorry this is proly better than anything else I have seen.

    Make sure the pivots are in good shape and lubed, all hood pads and the lower fender guides loose and lubed?
    Sometime those fender guides can get pinched and put up a fight. Of course everthing aligned and to rubbing is free for easy opening too. I open alot of hoods every day. some easy, others take 2 people.
     
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  8. Loaderlou

    Loaderlou Medium Load Member

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    Just checked with my peterbilt parts guy about the retrofit. Engineering wants $100.00 to answer the question.
     
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  9. Loaderlou

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    Thanks 062. That’s sounds like a good idea. Give me something to do while I’m recuperating
     
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