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Larry Callahan
05-08-2009, 09:41 AM
www.Hood-Latches.com (http://www.Hood-Latches.com) created by Rick Klein (RSK68) (http://www.pro-touring.com/forum/member.php?do=getinfo&u=143) is proud to announce the availability of their new cast aluminum hood latches.

A word from Rick: Being a car enthusiast myself I had noticed a severe issue with the aftermarket and OEM hood latches available , they were ugly and cheaply made by way of a metal stamping. So here is my remedy. Cast hood latches made out of A356 T6 Aluminum Alloy by way of the RPM molding process (rubber plaster mold). This creates a very strong thin walled dense Aluminum casting.

Currently we are making latches for '67 - '81 Chevy Camaro's and '68 - '69 Chevy Chevelle's in either a brushed or polished finish with other models available soon.

Anyone aware of this particular model fitting other cars please let me know, I do believe it will possibly fit the 68 to 74 Nova and maybe some Firebirds, may be time for another car show and look under all the hoods.

Please visit my web site at www.hood-latches.com (http://www.hood-latches.com) for more info and pricing.

Thank you

Rick Klein


http://www.pro-touring.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=23051

redfire69
05-08-2009, 11:56 AM
Wow. Nice piece! :cool:

rsk68
05-08-2009, 12:11 PM
Thanks Ron, 5 minutes on the board and I recieved an order, I couldnt be happier.

minendrews68
05-08-2009, 12:32 PM
Hey Rick,
will these have any kind of clear? on them to keep them from turning? Just wondering.

joejaze
05-08-2009, 12:42 PM
Ordered mine. Nice piece...

rsk68
05-08-2009, 12:45 PM
Carl,

I'm still tosing that around, what I found is its not hard to rebrush with scotchbrite or repolish with some Mothers, I could clear anodize them if enough people request it, I'm trying to keep the cost down as much as posible also.

1badchevelle
05-08-2009, 12:49 PM
any plans for 70-72 chevelles? I'm in.

rsk68
05-08-2009, 12:52 PM
Joe,

Thanks for the order, let me know what you think.

rsk68
05-08-2009, 12:53 PM
Fabian,

70 - 72 chevelle is my next one and is in the works.

minendrews68
05-09-2009, 01:41 PM
Carl,

I'm still tosing that around, what I found is its not hard to rebrush with scotchbrite or repolish with some Mothers, I could clear anodize them if enough people request it, I'm trying to keep the cost down as much as posible also.

Can cast aluminum be anodized? I used to work at a place that made alulminum automotive trim back in the '70s and I tried to anodize a piece and it turned it black. I know it's been a while and the process has probably changed somewhat in the last 30+ years. lol. Very nice piece by the way.
Carl

smhigh
05-09-2009, 02:26 PM
I lost my upper latch and was just about to order a repo.....

Glad I happened upon this post.

I just ordered mine.

Looking forward to receiving it and putting it on my Camaro

class67
05-09-2009, 03:45 PM
What is the lead time on these? Are they ready to ship right now?

If I order can I get it in time for the Pleasanton GG show in a few weeks?...I'll advertise for you...

1badchevelle
05-09-2009, 07:23 PM
Fabian,

70 - 72 chevelle is my next one and is in the works.


Rick PM me when they are ready.

David Pozzi
05-09-2009, 08:49 PM
Nice piece! We have one on Mary's 73 and it's great!
Thanks Rick! :1st:

rsk68
05-11-2009, 09:03 AM
Well this is going well I have sold 5 units over the weekend, I think I better make some more.

Carl,
I have an option to clear ceramic coat but its around $8 per part, i will check with the powder guys to see what they say.

class67,
I have parts in stock now and can ship immediately.

Thanks guys!

vp23271
05-11-2009, 10:31 AM
Rick,

Very nice piece of hardware! Just ordered one up.

FYI: Your car is in the current issue of the GoodGuys Gazette from the Orange County Get Together 2009

rsk68
05-14-2009, 09:12 AM
Hi Guys,

First thing is I would like to thank Larry for his help on this little venture of mine, Thanks Larry!

By now a few of you should have recieved your parts, most will get them by tomorrow according to tracking, when you get a chance let me know what you think good or bad.

Thanks

rsk68
05-28-2009, 02:47 PM
I just picked up a latch from the anodizer that I had done in black, I have to say I like it the most, I need to get some better pictures of it though, these should be available next week.

LateNight72
05-28-2009, 04:22 PM
Wow. Those black pieces are NICE.


Read on L-G that you manage a foundry. Might have to talk with 'ya soon. :)

zbugger
05-28-2009, 04:41 PM
I think I'll be getting in line for one of those. I'll probably be ordering either this week or next. And if I can't get it in anodized, I'll just paint it black.

MuscleRodz
05-28-2009, 05:33 PM
Hi Guys,

First thing is I would like to thank Larry for his help on this little venture of mine, Thanks Larry!

By now a few of you should have recieved your parts, most will get them by tomorrow according to tracking, when you get a chance let me know what you think good or bad.

ThanksI sent you an email, did you ever get it?

rsk68
05-28-2009, 06:59 PM
Mike,
I replied to your email, I think it was through sales@hood-latches.com

Allen,
it will be available anodized mid next week.

MuscleRodz
05-28-2009, 07:16 PM
Mike,
I replied to your email, I think it was through sales@hood-latches.com

Allen,
it will be available anodized mid next week.

can you resend it, I don't think I got it

rsk68
06-16-2009, 08:12 AM
So does anyone have any pictures of there new Hood Latch installed, I'm looking for some pictures for a possible advertising add.

Thanks

notchbackgta
06-16-2009, 08:55 AM
I am planning on fitting my CF hood tomorrow on my second gen and I will be installing my hood latch on that. I also plan on taking a lot of pictures. I forgot to order the hard anodize latch after we emailed. Can I still get that if I order?
Thanks
James

rsk68
06-16-2009, 09:17 AM
James I have one hard anodized latch sitting on the shelf with your name on it.

rsk68
06-18-2009, 10:10 AM
james,

I almost opted to drop it off in person as I'm on my way to Philly today just to much to do so its in the mail, thanks James.

AJSZR2326
06-23-2009, 07:42 AM
you should know they dont always fit. no matter how much i drilled it out it wont fit ! i really wished it did fit they look so nice.

rsk68
06-23-2009, 08:04 AM
AJSZR2326,

What exactly are you drilling out, is it the casting? I know there is not as much adjustability as the stock steel stamping due to the most common adjustment was hiting the pin with a hammer, did you try moving the lower latch a bit where it mounts to the core support? is it pushing the hood to the drivers side or passenger?

AJSZR2326
06-23-2009, 11:05 AM
im not a mechanic !and if its not simple to put in ill have issues. i have tried drilling the holes to elongate them but not having the proper tools doesnt help. i dont have a drill press and the material is pretty hard. i dont see how i can move the bottom part that is attatched to the core support .my car is 40yrs old and nothing really lines up perfect. i thought i had it lined up perfect then when i closed the hood it wouldnt open. i ended up taking a screwdriver and prying it back up after damaging the paint. fixing my paint is going to cost me a lot more than the latch. i finally got fed up and put the stock one back on.

notchbackgta
06-23-2009, 11:11 AM
I put mine on an aftermarket fiberglass hood and it fit/lined up perfectly. I didn't even really mess with the side gaps or height of the hood. Sounds like your car has some issues...

rsk68
06-23-2009, 12:27 PM
AJSZR2326,

Give me a call when you get a chance I may be able to help you. I will PM you my number.

rsk68
06-23-2009, 01:43 PM
James,

Glad it worked out for you, you have any pictures?

notchbackgta
06-23-2009, 06:56 PM
Not yet, my camera battery died finally after 6 years. I will have my friends camera at Carlisle this weekend and should have internet access to be able to post some then

smhigh
06-23-2009, 07:43 PM
http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac82/smhigh-photos/th_DSC02817.jpg (http://s888.photobucket.com/albums/ac82/smhigh-photos/?action=view&current=DSC02817.jpg)http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac82/smhigh-photos/th_DSC02818.jpg (http://s888.photobucket.com/albums/ac82/smhigh-photos/?action=view&current=DSC02818.jpg)

Here is the latch on my 68 Camaro

I powder coated the spring

Have a stainless spring coming

rsk68
06-25-2009, 04:49 PM
Very nice Paul I'm glad you like it, where are you getting your spring from? I may want to carry it as an option.

notchbackgta
06-30-2009, 02:57 PM
http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/rr302/notchbackgta/Dsc00336crop.jpg

rsk68
06-30-2009, 07:46 PM
Very nice James.

Serpa69
07-01-2009, 05:25 AM
Steel hood shot. Like the part:cool:

notchbackgta
07-01-2009, 05:27 AM
Once I get the black anodize one installed I will post another picture

BonzoHansen
07-01-2009, 06:08 AM
Once I get the black anodize one installed I will post another picture

Showoff. :1st:

rsk68
07-17-2009, 07:44 AM
Now offering complete assembly’s, this will include Detroit Speed and Engineering’s pin and cup, a stainless steel spring, four stainless steel washers and four stainless steel allen button head screws, cost is $148 in either polished, brushed or black anodized, current view shows a chrome spring, this will not be offered.

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