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    Ron, have you done any testing to know if that panel improves cooling? I've always wondered if too much air is going up and over the radiator.
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    Gas cylinder intalled.

    Well it took 3 years and 20 min. to install a gas support cylinder on my GT.
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    Hadn't flat rate taught you anything??? Or maybe it has, took 20 minutes and charged 3 years 20 minutes.

    Would you mind sharing the parts used?
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    Well 32 Countries and 15 states (I have visited all 50) 9 Opel engine rebuilds and other Opel repairs for other people have kept me distracted. But I spent 10min. to plan and measure the hood prop replacement then on to install.
    I am glad I am retired......I do not have time to work!!

    Gas lift is from (liftsupportdepot(at).com) part number is 4731 cost is 17.20
    I cut off the top shaft pivot and use a clevis pin and lock at the org. opel hood prop position at the radiator support and the top part at the hood came with the gas lift and I used rivets to mount it. The clevis pin and lock was from a hardware store (2 in a package and 10 locks were less than $4) I had to drill for the larger clevis pin at the org. hood prop support bracket.
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    It has been almost six months since I installed hood gas springs and I really like them. They are almost unnoticeable and they do not restrict access to engine bay. Another nice feature is that they go over the centre when the hood is closed, so they are not pushing the hood to open all the time.

    Just before Christmas I was able to locate very nice fibreglass hood. It is much lighter than the original hood, so I was able to use lower rated air springs. I also took an opportunity to install some sound absorbing material.

    The hood came without holes for the windshield washer nozzles. I never liked how original nozzles are fed by the long line going alongside engine bay and up the hood, so I installed windshield nozzles on the deck covering wipers mechanism. That allowed use of short rubber line directly from the pump. The nozzles are not noticeable when the hood is closed but are still fully functional. I am using electrical pump and modern nozzles from BMW as they spreading the windshield fluid all over the glass unlike original that are peeing just a thin stream.
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    Looks great P.J.,good job as ever.Special the nozzles
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    Very nice work John, PJ that is just sweet. Love the engine.Jarrell
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