Before taking anything apart
Also before taking anything apart
hood off (duh lol)
Long story short, the hood on my 92 Dakota got blown open getting on the interstate this morning (I'm gonna assume it wasn't closed/latched all the way). The hood appears dented but not actually bent. The hinges look to be where the problem lies. I've tried straightening them out but have not had much luck there. I next decided to see if I can find them for sale anywhere and have not had much luck there.
The very few "hood hinges" that fit this year range appear to be the piece that attaches to the fender, not the hood. The piece I need is what goes between the hood and the pivot point on the bracket. I can find no indication that this piece comes with the hood and everything else I find is not the piece I need. See attached pictures.
Where can I find these hinges? I've searched the major parts stores (didn't really expect to find them there), rock auto, and even generic google/ebay. Everything I see is not the part I need.
Here's what's happening. The HERO unit pulled the hood back down and secured it with bailing wire and a bungee before I got there this morning, and I drove it along the shoulder and back roads getting it back to the house. I would have done the same thing to the hood to get it home.
The hood is shifted to the drivers side some and hits the fender. I took the hood off and was able to mostly straighten the S shaped piece of the hinge (or so I thought). The hood no longer collides with the drivers side fender but it pinches against the firewall (wiper cowl is pulled off so if that were in there it would definitely pinch). I've adjusted the hood as far forward as I can, possibly too far forward to line up with the hole and it still pinches in the back.
Am I right in assuming this S curved bracket is what's bent and needs to be straightened/replaced? To me I think it needs to bend outward some (straighten the curve in it) so it pushes the hood forward some and then adjust the hood back to line up properly but body work is not my strong suit.