BODY-13, Hood Crest - Removal and Installation
Other Procedures Needed
When you remove the nose panel, you will find that the crest is held in place by two posts. The posts will be held by one of two different types of retaining nuts. One is a spring clip and the other is a screw-on type nut. The spring clips have a tendency to become loose over time and in the case of my own car resulted in the hood crest getting blown off on the interstate. The picture below show the back of a nose panel with retaining clips. When installing a new hood crest kit with retaining nuts these clips will have to be removed from the panel.
The new hood crest kit (shown below) will come with a hood crest, gasket, and two retaining nuts with a sealant putty on the back. It may be extremely difficult to get the gasket to remain fitted onto the hood crest properly while the crest is being installed. I advise stretching the gasket slightly before installing it onto the crest and apply a small amount of trim adhesive to hold the gasket onto the crest.
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