'79-'98 Mustang Quicklift Hood Supports Installation Instructions

Tired of using your old stock hood prop to keep your hood open? We have you covered! This is a standard Quicklift hood support system for your 1979-'98 Mustang, that gives you the option to not use your prop rod, and have an easier time working under the hood of your Mustang!

Tools Needed:

  • Power Drill
  • 5/32", 3/16" & #11 drill bits
  • 3/16" can be substituted for #11 if #11 is not available
  • 5/16" socket & socket wrench
  • Fine permanent marker or felt tip pen
  • Masking tape & tape measure
  • Hammer & center punch
  • Rivet gun, capable of 3/16" rivets (Most brands can handle this size) Note: Only use the rivets supplied in the QuickLIFT system.

Quicklift Hood Supports Installation Guide:

  1. Mark centerline of hood bracket
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  3. Align driver's side hood bracket, and mark 1st hole
  4. Hold hood bracket such that the ball stud faces out, and away from the vehicle, and bracket is tucked up over the hood frame
  5. Using a marker, place a dot at the center of the upper hole once the centerline of the ball stud is lined up with your mark
  6. Using a center punch, and a hammer, tap the center of the dot you just made ( this indention will help guide the drill bit, and keep it from wandering.) Place bracket back in place to be sure it is still centered where it should be before moving to step 5
  7. Carefully drill the upper bracket hole as shown to the right using a #11 indexed bit, or use a 3/16" but if #11 is not available.
  8. Hold the bracket in the position
  9. With the bracket lined up again, place the multi-grip rivet through the bracket, and hole with the long stem sticking outward. The rivet may require a few twists while pushing it in.
  10. Check to be sure your rivet gun has the 3/16" rivet head installed, then slide the rivet gun onto rivet. While applying force to the rivet and bracket, firmly squeeze riveter handle multiple times, until rivet gun pops and snaps off the rivet stem. Be careful when rivet stem snaps off.
  11. Reposition, and align bracket into the proper position against ood lip
  12. With the bracket snugged up against the hood frame, use the center punch to tap the center of the lower hole. Then, carefully drill the hole through the brake hole, and hood frame
  13. Your vehicle's hood has a symmetrical hood frame. Repeat steps 3-7 to install the upper passenger side hood bracket. Take your time, and verify the measurements using he bracket you just installed
  14. Position, and mark the first hole for driver's side fender bracket
  15. Hold the bracket with the ball stud pointing away from the vehicle, and approximately 3-3/4" from the centerline of the fender bolt near fire-wall to the edge of the ball-stud bracket. Also Verify that the bracket is 1" from the fender to back edge of the bracket.
  16. Verify measurements, and then mark right hole using a fine permanent marker
  17. Using a center punch, and a hammer, tap the center of the marked hole. This will help guide the drill bit, and keep it from wandering.
  18. Drill the right hole at the marked position using a 5/32" drill bit. Do not ream or over drill the hole.
  19. Using a color matching paint, touch up the area where you just drilled the hole.
  20. Using a 5/16" socket, and wrench, screw the right screw into the fender using the supplied sheet metal screw.
  21. Apple adequate pressure while screwing the sheet metal screw in - you will be creating threads in the fender, and it will require force
  22. Using a permanent marker, mark the left hole of the fender bracket. Be sure the bracket is parallel to the fender.
  23. Using a center punch, and a hammer, tap the center of the marked hole. This will help guide the drill bit, and keep it from wandering.
  24. Drill the second hole through the bracket hole using a 5/32" drill bit
  25. Attach the bracket using the same 5/16" socket, and wrench.
  26. Repeat steps 9-14 to attach the passenger side fender bracket. The vehicle is symmetrical so the same locators can be used. Feel free to measure off of key areas to ensure a symmetrical installation.
  27. Cycle each gas spring before installing- firmly hold a gas spring with both hands by the thick cylindrical end - firmly press down on the floor, or carpet, and compress the spring. Do this to both gas springs a few times to lubricate the shaft before installing them.
  28. Have a friend hold the hood up. Remove the stock prop rod assembly.
  29. Install the driver's side gas-spring with the cylinder at the top (large end up, and connected to the hood ball stud). Be sure that the spring sockets snap securely onto the ball studs. This procedure is most easily completed if the upper ends are snapped onto the ball-studs first, and attach the lower ends last. Do one at a time.