Gas Hood Strut Install

Discussion in 'Nuova 500' started by lookforjoe, Nov 16, 2018.

  1. lookforjoe

    lookforjoe True Classic

    Whilst working on the motor swap, I realized how annoying it is to use an manual hood support. Honestly, I haven't opened the hood on my wife's 500 but a few times in the 3 years we have owned it, but still :D

    I used a Volvo C30 tailgate strut - 19.5" extended length. I had ordered a 40lb strut (same one I used on the X1/9 engine cover) from RV center, along with the ball stud brackets, but the length turned out to be too short, based on where the strut could be placed & not interfere with the hood inner panel, fender, inner fender and still actually lift the hood.



    You will see from my pics that it took a couple tries to get the location right :D looks kinda ugly, so I will need to address the extra holes more neatly than at present. Wouldn't be acceptable to me on my X1/9 or my Volvo...

    M5 rivnuts at the back with M5 allen head screws, standard rivets in the hood.

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    No way around it, inner fender corner had to be cut for the ball stud to clear.

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    Last edited: Nov 17, 2018

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