A hood lock is an added layer of security to guard your engine from vandalism. Your car comes with a lock for the hood, which can be easily accessed from the inside. Check out how you can install hood locks for classic cars.
If one manages to hack the door lock or break the glass, they can unlock your hood lock; that’s why you need to add an extra layer of protection.
Why you need hood locks for every car
Every car is classic since it serves you diligently of which the hood covers one of the most important parts of your car; the engine.
There are malicious people everywhere seeking to vandalize your car any opportunity they get. The engine can be vandalized off many parts.
Car Parts Vandalized Commonly Vandalized Under the Hood
Under the hood, some parts can be easily vandalized.
The Compressor – The Compressor in most cars will be under the hood, where it can easily be vandalized. Its function is to power the air conditioning system to make the engine work optimally.
The AlternatorAlternator – the AlternatorAlternator supplies power around the car and recharges your battery. It converts mechanical energy into electric energy for use by your car.
The power steering pump – eases the effort needed to move a steering wheel by circulating fluid under pressure, enabling the hydraulic piston to move the vehicle in the desired direction.
The water pump – the water pump circulates water from the radiator through the motor and back to the radiator in a repetitive cycle. This regulates the temperature in the motor throughout.
Protect Your Engine with a Hood Lock For Classic Cars
Your engine contains many expensive parts that require extra protection from the glaring eyes of vandals.
Your hood is already locked with the usual lock that can easily be unlocked from the inside of the car. This means that if one accesses the car’s interior, game over.
Using several security measures makes it harder for your car to be vandalized or stolen. For instance, your car already has an alarm system, an auto-lock system, and it would still be necessary to add a brake pedal lock to deter thieves from stealing it.
Installing several security measures helps to discourage vandals and thieves from taking advantage of your car's poor security.
How do you install a hood lock?
There are various types of hood locks. We will look at two main types of hood locks that make it a challenge to unlock your hood to access the engine compartment.
First, there are hood pins drilled into the hood and secured with a safety pin. These hood pins are mostly in use by rally cars to secure the hood from popping up while at high speed, which could cause an accident.
Secondly, there are hood locks that use a key to unlock. The keyhole is inside the car to ensure that one can access the interior before they unlock it. This a common hood lock since it can be installed in any car and assures your engine's security and parts.
There are many types of hood locks, depending on the manufacturer.
Hood locks are easy to install, and the manufacturer always provides instructions on how to install them.
Installing a Hood Lock
Installing Hood Pins by Yourself
Use a hood pin when on a budget for your car; your definition of a classic car is muscle cars/race cars.
They fasten and hold down the hood/bonnet since such cars will often be at high speeds. Failing to hold it down can cause the hood to fly up and block the driver’s vision.
Then it comes down to our main point; security in the hood, if you know what I mean.
Drilling several pins for the hood could also be a deterrent from vandalism. The trick is to discourage vandals for instance by seeing four tightened hood pins they would have to loosen before accessing the engine.
This is a cheaper option for securing your hood since a pin will cost you about $12.
Steps To Installing Hood locks for classic cars:
Make sure you have proper protective clothing especially welding goggles, to protect your eyes. Use gloves for the hands and a mask for your face to protect you from inhaling metal filings.
The pin should now thread through the drilled hole and secure it with a bolt from below so that its firm.
Place a paper with petroleum jelly applied on it on top of your fastened pins, then lower the hood slowly to make a mark on the points where you need to drill the hood.
Drill the holes carefully not to damage the hood.
Smoothen out any rough and protruding surfaces.
Take your scuff plate, mark its holes on the hood with a pencil and then drill the four holes using the correct drill bit size.
Secure your scuff plate into its place. Fasten the rivet in the pinhole and clip it using pliers to hold down the hood.
Adjust the pin into the proper position so that the hood is secure. You just made it to secure your hood.