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Old 01-13-2021, 11:43 AM   #1
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Default '35-'36 Pickup Hood Hinge

I have been trying to find the answer to this question I have regarding the center hood hinge on my 1936 pickup.

Were these hinges chrome?

Mine is original and it looks like it was plated though not much left. If it wasn't, what keeps the paint from failing during use. I would image the way the hinge is designed that the paint would get rubbed when opening and closing the hood.

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Old 01-13-2021, 11:59 AM   #2
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The hinges were chrome.
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Old 01-13-2021, 12:21 PM   #3
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Perfect, thank you Don Rogers.
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Old 01-14-2021, 10:57 AM   #4
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Has anybody ever removed and chrome plated the original hinge, and re-spotwelded it in place after chrome. I have heard mixed reviews regarding the aftermarket stainless hinges and I am considering removing the hinge from my hood to have chromed.
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Old 01-14-2021, 12:33 PM   #5
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Most of the after market hinges are junk. Make sure that the holes in the hinge are the same number as the hood and line up with the hood holes.
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Thanks Don. I think I’m going to remove the original hood hinge by drilling out the spot welds, fill the holes that were made by drilling out the spot welds, chrome plate the hinge and then spot weld the hinge back in place.

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Old 01-15-2021, 12:32 AM   #7
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It can be done. I found a NOS hinge many years ago and used it on my 1936 pickup hood. I also drilled off the spot welds, but did not fill all the holes until it was rechromed and installed, as we used the holes to line up the hinge with the hood panels.
Check your hinge fit after being chromed as the process can add just enough material to make the hinge not slide together correctly and that is easier to fix when not welded to the hood panels.
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It can be done. I found a NOS hinge many years ago and used it on my 1936 pickup hood. I also drilled off the spot welds, but did not fill all the holes until it was rechromed and installed, as we used the holes to line up the hinge with the hood panels.
Check your hinge fit after being chromed as the process can add just enough material to make the hinge not slide together correctly and that is easier to fix when not welded to the hood panels.

These hoods already have holes with raised shoulders to located the hinges, or at least mine does.

I have removed the hinges and cleaned up their flanges. I plan to send them off to chrome on Monday. Is there anything special about the chrome that was on these hinges. I do worry about build up with copper or were these chromed without copper? Any recommendations on knowledgeable platers familiar with these old Fords?

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Old 01-27-2021, 05:57 PM   #9
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I too have drilled the rivets and removed both hinges. I am planning only to chrome plate one of the hinge halves for two reasons. First, only one of them has the external exposure while the other is invisible with the hood closed. Second, the one that's not exposed is rather pitted and I plan to use body filler and paint on that one as chrome plated pitted metal just doesn't look good in my eyes.
If anyone thinks I'm heading for trouble, please let me know. I have to fill a few small holes in the hinge before sending it off for plating. After several rounds of sanding and polishing, the center hood hinge is back and ready for plating. The attached image is what the top exposed edge of the hinge looks like now.
I plan to spot weld the hinges back in place and paint the interior surfaces body color. This should result in a bright center strip on the hood like it came from Ford originally.
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Old 01-28-2021, 12:47 AM   #10
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I’m glad to see you’re taking the time to restore your hinge. My only concern with a painted inside hinge is if the hinge operation will eventually wear they the paint, exposing the steel and eventually rust. I could be completely wrong here though. I plan to have my hinge plated but I’ve only received one quote so far and they wanted $300. That seems high to me. Anybody know of any good chrome shops that have reasonable rates?
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Old 01-28-2021, 09:00 AM   #11
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OldGold360 you make a good point for chroming both parts. I had not considered the point about rust forming on the inside half of what I wasn't going to plate. I can scuff and paint the pitted parts that will show on that part and with it being chromed it won't rust. I was just concentrating on what someone would see. Thanks for saving me some future aggravation, this is making a bit more sense to me why they were originally chrome plated.
I'm going to be shopping around at several locations. I'm not surprised at the price you were quoted though I hope I can find a quality job for a smaller price.
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Old 01-28-2021, 11:40 AM   #12
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I painted my chromed hood hinge as the plating was tacky. So far, no paint scuffing and it looks good. Time will tell how the paint holds up. Chrome shop prices have gone crazy high. I had 1936 front bumper guards chromed and I had what I though was all buffed up and ready for the chroming tanks. His best price was $100 each. Ouch!
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Yes, chrome prices are high, at least in my area. If anyone knows a chrome shop that does nice work at an affordable price, please let us know.
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