FAST FORWARD HOOD HINGE INSTALLATION
Every so often a new product comes along that seems so simple, yet works so well you wonder why no one else had already thought of it. Tin Man Fabrication’s new “Fast Forward” hinge system is one of those great products.
I will have to admit the first time I saw this hood hinge in action, I just had to raise and lower the hood several times trying to understand its simple and unique design that makes it work so well. NSMC Member Jim Crews has been fabricating these hinges for years on his customers custom-built rods, and his own award winning ’36 Ford Coupe. Over time Jim refined his hinge design and decided to produce a kit to share his hinge system with fellow rodders.
The Fast Forward hood hinge system was developed using 6061-T6 aluminum components and stainless steel hardware. It’s currently available in brushed finish. The design of the hinge system is fairly universal, although there are differences in the kits for different models. Contact Tin Man Fabrication for additional ordering information.
This kit is more involved than a bolt-on installation due to differences between specific applications. The hood support braces will need to be fabricated to fit your hood and the two upper hood sections will need to be welded together by the builder for that smooth look. If you’re not familiar with welding sheet metal together, I suggest you start with scrap pieces before attempting this on your ride, or leave that part of the install to someone who is familiar with the process.
Tin Man Fabrication’s new Fast Forward hood hinge system’s unique design offers an alternative for street rodders. Pictured is one of their early kits, current kits feature ball milled support rods and all stainless hardware.
On this installation, the Fast Forward Hinge System has an integrated adjustable hinge stop. Note the location of the hinge block 1-inch behind the grille shell. (Tin Man's kit does NOT include this hinge stop.) Installers will need to incorporate a hood hinge stop with their particular application. It would be custom for each installation.