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Rezarf
09-25-2009, 05:36 PM
So rejoice! I found my clunking noise...

My hood hinges, and my fender bolts, they were all loose. My fender bolts on the frame by the shock tower were finger tight! :eek: (I must have forgot to tighten them at some point). I snugged them up and lots of the "clunk" went away. Today at the gas station I felt like the noise was really coming from the passenger side, like behind the glove box. I opened the hood and could see the hinge pin has about a full 1/4" of slop in it. :rant:

Anyhow, I wedged a folded up paper towel to the top of the fender side bumper to take up the slack and woah-lah, clunk is gone! :woot:

Now my new problem.

I have lots of slop in both hood hinges and in the front bib pivot. These appear to be pinned into place. How should I go about "tightening" them up?

Here are a few ideas I have had:

1. Drive out the pin, replace the pin with a bolt and some sort of sleeve (like a nylon or bronze bushing).

2. I am not sure of another option :thumb:

I have hope again in the cruiser! :D :thumb:

Drew

MDH33
09-25-2009, 06:06 PM
Awesome Drew! :thumb:


for those pins, you just need some plastic flange washers to put on each end, similar to what the door pins are supposed to have. This will tighten them up and keep them from bouncing around and making more noise.

http://www.superior-components.com/images/flange.gif

Rezarf
09-25-2009, 06:10 PM
How do you drive the pins out? Drift or what?

Drew

nuclearlemon
09-25-2009, 07:04 PM
option 1. press the pin out.

Rezarf
09-25-2009, 08:13 PM
option 1. press the pin out.

Thats right... hydrolic power! :D:thumb:

SteveH
09-28-2009, 09:41 AM
Confirm: the hood hinge bushings identical to door hinge bushings. I beat the pins out (hinges bolted to the truck) with a 1/4" drift and hammer. When mine were bad, it sounded like a bad ball joint - if only 'cruisers had ball joints...

Hulk
09-28-2009, 11:27 AM
If the hood hinge bushings are identical, there is a guy from the old LCML who sells replacements in brass. I bought some for my door hinges and they worked very well. If you want, I can try to track down the guy's contact info. He used to advertise them on ebay, but I think he stopped -- however, he still has the bushings available.

MDH33
09-28-2009, 11:39 AM
If the hood hinge bushings are identical, there is a guy from the old LCML who sells replacements in brass. I bought some for my door hinges and they worked very well. If you want, I can try to track down the guy's contact info. He used to advertise them on ebay, but I think he stopped -- however, he still has the bushings available.

Do you have to enlarge the hinge opening to fit brass bushings in there? The OEM plastic ones are really thin.

Hulk
09-28-2009, 11:53 AM
Do you have to enlarge the hinge opening to fit brass bushings in there? The OEM plastic ones are really thin.

Nope. You do have to drive them in straight with a hammer and drift (I think I used a 2x4) -- too tight to do with your thumb like the plastic ones.

Hulk
09-29-2009, 01:35 AM
If the hood hinge bushings are identical, there is a guy from the old LCML who sells replacements in brass. I bought some for my door hinges and they worked very well.

Correction: bronze bushings (not brass)
He is here:
cseely@rochester.rr.com

Rezarf
09-29-2009, 10:07 AM
Correction: bronze bushings (not brass)
He is here:
cseely@rochester.rr.com

Thank you so much Matt!

I wonder if McMaster has them as a stock part #?

I appreciate the info bro!

Drew

Rezarf
04-23-2010, 12:12 PM
Also found a broken exhaust mount that was allowing the exhaust pipe to bump into the crossmember under the drivers seat... clunk clunk clunk!

Time to break out the :weld: :thumb:

It looked fine, but was broken at the previous weld.