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Ford Performance Hood Latch and Pin Kit (79-04 All)

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Features & Details

  • Authentic Functional Hood Latch and Pin Kit
  • Prevents Hood Shake and Rattle at High Speeds
  • Can Be Used with Stock and Most Aftermarket Hoods
  • Fits All 1979-2004 Mustangs
  • 3-5/8" Stud Length from End to End
  • Sold as a Complete Set of Two
Retro Styling. The Ford Racing Hood Latch & Pin Kit's classic 60's retro styling looks great on the any 1979-2004 Mustang. This is the same style latch kit used by early drag racers on their Ford Mustangs and Fairlanes.

Safety. The Ford Racing Hood Latch & Pin Kit not only looks good, but also adds extra safety to any high performance Mustang. The Hood Latch & Pin Kit securely pins the hood safely to the car to prevent the hood from flying off at high speeds, a must for drag racers.

Solid Construction. The Hood Latch & Pin Kit is made by the trusted folks at Ford and is constructed of strong durable steel components to assure your hood will stay in place when running down the track.

Application. This Hood Latch & Pin kit is designed to be used on all 1979 to 2004 Mustangs with the original stock hood and most aftermarket fiberglass hoods.

Fitment: 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Details

What's in the Box
  • (2) Hood bezels
  • (2) Under hood bezels
  • (2) Lanyards
  • (2) Pins
  • (2) Bolts
  • (4) Nuts
  • (4) Flat washers
  • (8) Small flat washers
  • (8) Screws
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • Bullitt - 01
  • Foxbody - 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93
  • Mach 1 - 03, 04
  • V6 - 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04
  • Cobra - 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 01, 03, 04
  • GT - 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04

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The hood pins help tremendously, the hood is stable now and doesn't shake at high speeds. It really brings out the characteristics in the front of your stang, just be cautious and take your time when drilling ...

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Hood pin kit

Bought these because my hood latch wasn't working right and my hood was bouncing around too much. Put these on in about an hour. They look and work great! Very happy with this purchase and, as always, ...

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Overall Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars
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do they rust? i bought these awhile ago but im concerned about them rusting. anyone that bought these have an input?


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  • I belive they don't cuz they are stainless steel


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with the hood pin kit should you still use the stock hood latch?


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  • I did not. My wife broke my handle and the factory latch did not function properly. So I removed it and just used the pins. Keep in mind your hood can be opened without anyone getting inside your car once the hood latch is removed.


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Ford racing hood pins, does the bronze piece go under the hood?


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  • JeffAM, he's referring to the underhood bezels. Yea, they aren't covered in the installation instructions posted on the AM website, and the kit didn't come with any instructions from FP. This goes on the underside of the hood where you made the holes. I believe it's there to help guide the pins though the hood. Unfortunately, this kit only came with 8 screws...used to secure the two hood bezels. You need to go buy 8 more machine screws at the hardware store.


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Can this kit be used on later generation mustangs if it works with all hoods? Or just through 2004?


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  • The Ford Performance Hood Latch and Pin Kit (79-04 All) have confirmed fitment for 1979-2004 Mustangs, however we do have hood latch and pin kits for the new generations.


aftermarket hood? do these work with an aftermarket fiberglass hood? like a 95 cobra r hood? Just concerned with drilling and causing cracking or something.


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  • Yes


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Will this work? Will this hood pin kit work for the AM 3" cowl hood?


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  • Yes, I have it on my 3 inch cowl from American Muscle. It works fine.


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Overall Rating 4.3

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Afternoon

  • Fit 3.508772 3.5
  • Appearance 4.631579 4.6
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.192983 4.2

  • 5/5

    July 24, 2016

    Highly recommend (multi-reasons)

    First off. I have a 96' V6 vert. After 20 years of the hood being opened and shut, the latch actually wore AWAY the metal on the hood making latching impossible. (A small square where the latch would "latch" was a shocking site to see). Choices were either purchasing a new hood or these. Well for the price these won out (and if it didn't work, well then I would go the hood route). Anyways, with little experience in body modifications (because to me that's what this was, drilling into the hood) I found no difficulty and took my time. Took me about 6 hours (I really took my time) and went through the online instructions step by step. My mustang was a bit different then the one in instructions so you may have to improvise how to set the pins in the frame (i actually had to drill slots to get the nut/washer for the bottom part of the hood pin into the frame above the headlights). Make sure you get the step bit that goes up to 7/8's. I was not using it at first, but then got one from a friend and it made life SO much easier. Either buy one for $49 or reach out for one, but don't try without it, it really is worth having it. All and all, it works great, looks great, and have no fear of my hood flying up on me now.


    Year: 1996 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    November 29, 2015


    The hood pins help tremendously, the hood is stable now and doesn't shake at high speeds. It really brings out the characteristics in the front of your stang, just be cautious and take your time when drilling the hood.


    Year: 2000 Submodel: GT Lyman, WA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    September 23, 2015

    Hood pin kit

    Bought these because my hood latch wasn't working right and my hood was bouncing around too much. Put these on in about an hour. They look and work great! Very happy with this purchase and, as always, very happy with American Muscle!


    Year: 1998 Submodel: GT Greenwood, ME

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  • 3/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    September 10, 2014

    requires modification!

    What you've read is true, the pins are to short for a stock 99-04 hood if placed in the position of the bump stops. Fortunately for you I will tell you how to fix it! All you need is a 1/2 threaded rod and x2 1/2 couplers! Problem solved! I cut my threaded rod into x2 2 1/2" pieces! after that the install is straight forward. You will need a 7/8" step bit which is almost $30 dollars! Looks good once completed but it's dumb that you can't use this kit straight out of the box, come on ford! Just make the pins an inch longer and nobody would be having this problem! It does make the front end of your S995 look even more aggressive!


    Year: 2004 Submodel: GT Texas, USA

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  • 3/5

    June 04, 2014


    This is a great kit, but it needs a installation manual because it's lack of said manual caused me to drill a huge hole in my hood. Now I have to take it to a body shop to fix the pins and the hole in my hood.


    Year: 2000 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    February 28, 2008

    Good kit, easy install.

    I ordered these pins because the metal plate in the replacement hood I bought came loose so it wouldn\'t latch any longer. From what I heard installing these was a pain but I found it to be quite simple and easy with time and patience. This kit is complete and holds the hood down and is very sturdy. I recommend these to anyone who wants functional hood pins.. I give it a 10/10

    Curtis H.

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  • 2/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    September 14, 2012

    posts not long enough

    the quality and construction are excellent but the posts need to be about 1'' longer if you are mounting them where the hood bump stops are. i screwed the post as high as i could and still needed about 1/4''. i ended up going to advance auto and buying another set that were 5'' and they fit perfect. i do not recommend this product if you are installing in the normal location.


    Year: 2001 Submodel: GT Kingsport,TN

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  • 5/5

    May 15, 2008

    Very Happy

    I ordered these hood pins because I dig the historical look of the old muscle cars, and I was having a problem with my hood shaking on the front corners. These hood pins will fit newer models but you have to be patient and precise with your work.


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  • 5/5

    November 14, 2008

    Awesome Pin Kit

    This is great. I had a problem with my hood shaking at high speeds but this kit solved that problem. It was easy to install and looks great. I would recommend this to everyone.

    Scott Kittrell

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  • 5/5

    May 09, 2011


    As some have heard the story ........ i experienced the scary situation of having my fiberglass hood(also purchased thru A.M.)fly up at freeway speeds(the hood did not break either)(STRONG A** cowl hood) this along with body work brought me to purchase the Ford Racing hood pin kits.......... they work GGGREAT and I can now have fun knowing i will NEVER ever have to worry about this again........ i will send pictures REALLY soon.......... THANKS American Muscle!

    David Miller

    Year: 1990 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    May 07, 2012

    get this and not the appearance kit!!!

    I have an 02 gt, I purchased this kit because I have the cervini's 95 cobra hood and 03-04 terminator front bumper. And if you have this setup or are thinking about this setup I will warn you that the pillars that come up on the bumper in the grille area caused clearance issues with the hood. I had to sand down the hood and the bumper to get it to latch, that being done every once in a blue moon(3 times in 2 years) the hood would unlatch while driving. I plan on installing this kit soon, my only complaint is, that this comes with ZERO instructions. Just hardware, I am far from being mechanically inclined but its always refreshing to peek at instructions with any install. Especially one that requires me to drill holes into a $500 CERVINI'S hood. Extremely pleased with the product, and after years of shopping with American Muscle I couldn't be more disappointed that they would essentially sell and ship me some nuts and bolts in a box and assume I'll figure it out


    Year: 2002 Submodel: GT Massachusetts, USA

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    • Response from AmericanMuscle

      I'm unsure why Ford Racing wouldn't include instructions in their packaging. However, we do have some installation instructions posted on our site to assist with the install. I'd recommend always double checking the Install Tab on our site if a product you receive lacks manufacturer instructions. Hope this helps!

      Lisa , Customer Care

  • 5/5

    February 25, 2010

    Great Product

    These hood pins look great and work great, was a pain trying to find out where they would work best. They held my hood down even after my accident!

    CJ Holder

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    September 29, 2011

    that old school look

    i bought this product to add a lil extra look and to eliminate hood shake at high speeds. i've been in another mustang when "someone turned the lights out". its not fun, so now i have a great look and safety. install was easy. AM comes through again.


    Year: 2003 Submodel: GT staten island, NY

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    February 17, 2012

    Not Quite a Fit

    the install guide mentions needing bolts and coupler nuts, and it does. The guide is missing some info, but nothing someone with a little tech-know-how can't figure out. took longer than it should to finish because I didn't realize all the parts and tools required. Hood rides low without extra bolts.


    Year: 2000 Submodel: V6 Phoenix, AZ

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  • 5/5

    September 26, 2008

    Great pin kit

    I bought this hood and pin kit cause my hood seemed to shake and didnt seem to close all the way and I am very happy on the looks and how great they work and found it pretty easy to install them. I would recommend these to anyone who is looking into buying some.

    Devin Williams

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  • 2/5

    September 28, 2012

    Too short to of any use.

    Considering this is made by Ford, it should fit Ford hoods. These are way too short to work with my Terminator hood. I've only drilled through the underside, and with the pins as high as they can go I can still completely close the hood. Needless to say, I'm not going to finish drilling through the top of the hood. Come on Ford, add another inch or two to these things so they will work with your hoods.


    Year: 1999 Submodel: Cobra Plainview, MN

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    • Response from AmericanMuscle

      Depending where you install them, they should fit without a problem. We've had another customer submit a review, also with a 99 Cobra, who installed using the supplied studs and had no issues. I'd suggest trying to install this kit in a lower part of your hood. If you were unable to install and wish to return, please contact us so we can take care of that for you!

      Lisa , Customer Care

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    November 11, 2011

    Looks amazing and works great

    Instructions we're straight forward, except where to install the bronze plate. It's supposed to go on the underside of the hood, and the raised section will "guide" the pin through your hood without taking out fiberglass every time. I did have an issue with installing the pin, as it's about .5" - .75" too short to reach through the hood. I welded the two provided nuts together and then welded them to the frame where the hood stops used to be (with JB weld, remember to sand the frame too!) to gain the require height, but it was quite the pain in the butt. Now that they're in I'd say it was worth it, as they look awesome. Now I just have to decide if I like the lanyard look or just the clips...


    Year: 2000 Submodel: GT NY

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  • 5/5

    August 24, 2008

    Great Kit!!

    I got this kit because my hood would shake violently on the freeway. After installation, it was like cheap insurance and was a breeze to install, with the right tools. I would recommend this 110%!

    Jerry M.

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  • 5/5

    May 14, 2011

    hood latch and pin kit

    good quality,but the length of the bolt was to short,i had to buy extra nuts and weld them together to extend the bolt length.would NOT recommend.


    Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    August 06, 2010

    Hood Pins

    great product. Quick install. (although it hurt a little drilling holes into my perfectly fine hood)


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