Can someone tell me what color the hood hinges should be? I've seen both silver and gold cadmium plating colors on the cars. Thanks

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Comment by Robert Schles on June 27, 2019 at 9:21pm

Thanks for the suggestion Jason. I'll take a look under my dash to see I can find the correct size.

Comment by Jason Edge on June 27, 2019 at 6:39pm

From the factory the hinges were gold cad, springs were black, and bracket at back and inner fender were black. 9/16" TR/UR stamped hex head bolts were gold cad. Nothing was silver cad under the hood that I have ever seen. The problem is 55+ years, bolts under the hood look like scorched earth.  Sometimes on the washers once you remove and flip over they look like nice and new like this...especially if they had a coating of undercoating: 

Here's the bolt that came out with that washer... also nice and once you remove the tar/build up a pretty decent bolt.

Of course the best source for bolts is often inside the cabin under the dash... but you don't have all the bolt sizes and styles used under the dash. Most of the engine compartment washers on my 64 CDV came from under dashes.  The steering column brackets are a nice source for grade 8 gold cad TR stamped bolts:

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