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Check your hood latches!

Seen my life flash before my eyes this morning(actually was my hood). On the way to work this morning, doing about 60 on the highway, I noticed my hood flutter for a second. Next thing I know it slams up into my windshield and shatter it then it flies off the car. I happen to be in the right lane with nobody near me, which was a blessing, so I pulled over slowed my heart down and checked my pants. Scared the ***** out of me!
I got out and checked to see what the hell happened went and got the hood off the road. I looked at the latch on the hood, it seemed ok. When I looked at where it latches on the radiator support, I noticed that two of the rivets that hold it on were worn off and it was hangin loose. I guess the last few times I slammed the hood down was enough to break them free. when the hood slammed back it actually snapped the hinges and hood shocks off. Not a good start to the day. Luckily It was early, not much traffic yet, and about a mile and a half away from my house. So I folded the hood in half the rest of the way tossed it in the back an limped home.
Now I need a hood with hinges, new windshield and clean underware.

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Wow! Sorry to hear that, but I guess you have to look at the bright side of it and realize that it could have been a major accident for you if the circumstances were different. I'll be checking my hood hinges and latch in a bit. By the way, I just had to have my windshield replaced a couple of weeks ago. $450! Sorry again.
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Bad luck.Had the same happen to me bleeding on to the highway but that was only at about 40km/h and also nearly wet myself. Fortunately it was not the 944.
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Wow, thats crazy!
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Creative way to keep the unhood temperature low I suppose.

Seriously though, glad no one was hurt, that could have turned out a lot worse.
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Had that happen late one night with my 55 chevy station wagon. As I pulled into a parking lot to turn around and retrive the hood a large truck went by with a fountain of sparks under it. I just turn off my lights and went the other way around the corner. I actually had a spare hood at home. Actually had several on the parts cars I had come by.
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I plan on drilling out the rivets that hold the catch and bolt it to the radiator support. The two that where left were stretched also. I guess it moved enough to onhook the safety latch.
As far as the hinges i guess they just snapped from the force, they broke at the foward bolt hole. The left side hood shock held it for a second then let go. Bye Bye hood.
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You're lucky someone, either you or an innocent bystander didn't get seriously hurt.

You should be able to fix the damage for $1000 or less, but it your hood had flown off and hit someone, you could be sued for a whole lot more...
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I've always wondered what would happen if a hood came loose but always hoped someone else found out for me.

Sorry to hear of the damage. Happy to hear nobody was hurt.
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Well got home a little while ago and looked over everything. Definately looks like the strike plate coming loose was the culprit Also the spring on the safety latch seems to be sticking so mabye it didnt catch all the way. Most likely a combination of both.

Anyone have a hood and hinges they are looking to part with?
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Good thing nobody got hurt. I had it happen to a customers car after tuning it up and doing a test drive. Right after that I put hood pins on my 69 firebird!
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Doesn't appear hoods are cheap but remember prices are negotiable...here is a list of a few in the northeast. Let me know if you want some from other places or some of the higher priced ones that might be in better shape. I thought Techno Duck (might be wrong on who that was) was also parting one out...maybe that could be an option...send him a PM.

1987
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Porsche 944 CLEAR PEEL 000 A
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actual Robertson Auto Salvage USA-MA(Wareham) 1-800-551-7000
1986
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Porsche 944 8.5 PNT CHPPD MID FRT.RT.GD100 002168011 $300 Augie's Import America USA-OH(Massillon) 1-800-950-5752
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Porsche 944 CLEAR COAT PEELING 202015 $300 Suffolk Used Auto Parts USA-VA(Suffolk) 1-800-468-5558
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Porsche 944 GREY JS8810 $300 Beltway Used Auto Parts USA-MD(Tuxedo) 1-301-772-0003 / 1-866-423-5892
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Porsche 944 BLACK,2DR,2.5,RWD,RE PAINT 000 A
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actual Robertson Auto Salvage USA-MA(Wareham) 1-800-551-7000
1987
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Porsche 924 LB,RED 000 A
0 013693 $200
actual Foreign Car Parts - Yard #1 USA-MD(Upper-Marlboro) 1-866-214-2175
1987
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Porsche 944 BLK,2DRLB,A COND 000 A
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actual Foreign Car Parts - Yard #1 USA-MD(Upper-Marlboro) 1-866-214-2175
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Porsche 944 BLK,2DRLB 000 A
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actual Foreign Car Parts - Yard #1 USA-MD(Upper-Marlboro) 1-866-214-2175
1988
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Porsche 944 LB,RED,A COND 000 A
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actual Foreign Car Parts - Yard #1 USA-MD(Upper-Marlboro) 1-866-214-2175
1985
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Porsche 944 GREY F50499 $200 Self Serve Used Auto Parts USA-MA(Freetown) 1-888-781-4400 / 1-508-763-4442
1987
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Porsche 944 -Gold 000 A
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1987
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Porsche 944 -White 000 A
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1985
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Porsche 944 -FEW DENTS,NOT INS QUALITY R301F $150 Oak Hill Used Auto Parts USA-VA(Petersburg) 1-800-553-7110
1988
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Porsche 924 -F/2 UP.DTS/BLACK 4470P $150 Maroney's Foreign Car and Parts USA-PA(Smithton) 1-800-245-7278
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I know in the States and Australia petrol bowsers are mostly self service. Here we have petrol attendants that man the pumps and check water, tyre pressure, oil, clean windscreen etc. With the unemployment here it gives more people jobs. My problem was trusting the attendant had done the job of closing the hood properly instead of checking myself. Have learnt my lesson well and always check everything with the attendant. I also have my own tyre gauge as I do not know how regularly the calibration of gauges are checked at different garages.
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Thanks Tom, I'll check some of those out.
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Vinman, I have a hood and hinges (black) in central PA. Right now I do not have internet at home (just moved) and can only respond from work. I'm off Thursday and Friday, but I'm working the weekend. Respond to this thread if you're interested.
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Taz Im interested, Pm me with the info
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Sorry to hear about your morning ordeal Vinman... Maybe now is the ideal time to switch to a fiberglass front hood?

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