Nissan Z - ZX 1970-1988 Repair Guide

Hood

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5


WARNING
Removal and installation of the hood is awkward and cumbersome; two people are necessary to perform this operation.

On 1970-83 models, the hood opens toward the front; it locks into place with a single stay. On 1984-88 models, the hood opens toward the rear; it is held open by two non-locking stays.

  1. Raise the hood. Place covers on the fenders to protect them from paint damage.
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  3. Using a scribing tool, mark the position of the hinges to the hood.
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  5. Holding both sides of the hood, remove the hinge-to-hood bolts, the stay(s) and the hood.
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On the 1984 and later models, remove the stay-to-hood bolts.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Unfasten the wiper washer hose from the hood-1987 300 ZX shown



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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the hood shock retaining bolts, while someone is supporting the hood



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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the bolts securing the hinge in place



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Fig. Fig. 4: If the hood shock needs to be removed, unfasten the retaining screw from the inner fender



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Fig. Fig. 5: Hood adjustment and torque figures-1984-88 models


CAUTION
The stays' contents are under pressure. DO NOT take them apart, puncture or subject them to heat.

  1. To install, reverse the removal procedures. Align the hinge-to-hood scribe marks and tighten the hinge-to-hood bolts to 48-64 inch lbs. (8-11 Nm) for 1970-83 or 63-72 inch lbs. (9-12 Nm) for 1984 and later, the stay-to-hood bolts to 12-15 ft. lbs. (16-21 Nm) for 1984-88 models.
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ALIGNMENT



See Figures 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10

  1. For the fore and aft adjustment, perform the following:
    1. Loosen the hinge-to-hood bolts and reposition the hood.
    2.  
    3. Loosen the hood bumper lock nuts and lower the bumpers until they do not contact the hood when it is locked.
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    5. Loosen the hood lock mounting bolts and set the striker at the center of the hood lock, then tighten the bolts temporarily.
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    7. Tighten the hinge-to-hood bolts to 48-64 inch lbs. (8-11 Nm) for 1970-83 or 56-64 inch lbs. (9.1-11.8 Nm) for 1984 and later.
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Fig. Fig. 6: Center hood latch adjustment positions-1970-83 models



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Fig. Fig. 7: Center hood lock adjustment positions-1970-83 models



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Fig. Fig. 8: Adjusting the hood height on 1970-83 models



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Fig. Fig. 9: Rubber hood bumper



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Fig. Fig. 10: To adjust the latch on 1984-88 models, loosen the retainer bolts and reposition the latch

  1. To align the hood flush with the body, perform the following:
    1. Loosen the hinge-to-body bolts and the hood lock-to-body bolts.
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    3. Move the hood and/or the hood lock up or down to obtain a flush fit.
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    5. Tighten the hinge-to-body bolts to 48-64 inch lbs. (8-11 Nm) for 1970-83 or 56-72 inch. lbs. (9-12 Nm) for 1984 and later, the hood lock-to-body bolts to 48-64 inch lbs. (8-11 Nm) for 1970-83 or 12-15 ft. lbs. (16-21 Nm) for 1984 and later.
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  3. Raise the bumpers until they contact the hood in the locked position.
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