Nick Licata Editor
January 1, 2013
Here’s what 50-year-old stock hood springs look like. Amazingly, they still function great, unfortunately they’re not much to look at.

If you're a regular reader of this magazine, you may recognize this 1964 Falcon Futura from past tech articles involving a complete TCI suspension makeover, and more recently the Champion aluminum radiator install from a few issues back. With the car running great, and the killer suspension holding its ground, it was time to dip into some simple bolt-on accessories under the hood to get the car looking a little better.

We know the engine bay needs quite a bit of work, including a good detail job. A new engine is the ultimate goal, but with budget a factor, it may be a little while before that happens.

So, to get things moving in the right direction under the hood (there really is no official starting point), we got started by getting rid of the original hood hinges. The stock hood spring setup is just about as unattractive as they come, so we got in touch with the folks at Eddie Motorsports for a set of their Machined Finished Billet Hood Hinges '64-'65 Falcon (PN: EMS149-86M).

The Eddie hinges made a great improvement in the overall looks of the engine bay and at $495 for the pair, as you can see in the final photo, the small investment produced huge dividends for the underhood appearance of our little Falcon.

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We have quiet a bit of work left to get this engine bay looking stellar, but the Eddie Motorsports Machine Finished Billet Hood Hinges add quite a bit of class to an otherwise pedestrian engine bay. And at just $495, this is a good starting point.