Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
September 1, 2008
Julian's hood hinges are available in brushed stainless steel, shown here, for $524.95 and in polished stainless steel for $625. The kit includes stainless Allen-head hardware, stainless shims, gas struts, and instructions. We were told that '67-'68 Mustang-as well as Maverick, Galaxie, and Fairlane-hinges are coming soon.

Hinges on classic Fords often give us fits. Door hinges can be difficult to get just right, but for many of us, we dread the hood hinge. There's something about those darned hinges that just eat awayat even the most patient person. I think I still have a 1/2-inch wrench orbiting the earth from the last frustrating round of hood adjustments on a project car.

It's not just original, worn out hood hinges. Even the reproduction hinges available are frustrating, which leads me to believe it's the original design of the hinge that presents the problem. Too many pivot points, imprecise metal stampings, and simple rivets all stack up to create slop in the hinge, poor fit for the hood, and lousy operation.

The guys at Julian's in St. Charles, Illinois, were thinking the same thing every time they had to adjust a hood hinge or push down on the back of a hood after closing it. After analyzing and dismantling the factory hinges, the guys came up with their own replacement-hinge design that cures the problems associated with the stockers. Julian's reduced the seven pivot points down to four (less slop), cut the hinge parts out of stainless steel (stronger and more precise), and utilized a gas strut instead of the original-style coil spring (more control over hood movement and more options for different hood materials and weights).

When we heard about the hinges, we knew we had to try a set for ourselves to see if they were all they were cracked up to be. You can judge for yourself by reading the rest of the story.

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