'59 Project January 2010
This is an alternative to the stock hood latches used on the '58-'60 Corvettes, although it could probably be used on other C1 Corvettes also. The latches used can be purchased from Corvette Corrections (www.corvettecorrections.com) or Watson's Street Works (http://www.watsons-streetworks.com/latch_catches.html).
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Each hood latch consists of a catch and a pin (metal parts shown above). I made a mounting plate from fiberglass with four 10 x 24 machine bolts imbedded in the glass. The plate is approximately 0.25" thick.
Latch mounted on the mounting plate.
Passenger side latch glued to underside of fiberglass
A new mounting plate was fabricated to hold the new latch pin.
New mounting plate and pin shown bolted in place.
You will also notice a small hole in the fiberglass close to the outside edge of the catch. The bolt that holds the adjustment cables onto the latch can only be tightened from the top so this hole was added so the the clamp could be adjusted and tightened without having to remove the latch.