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Bodywork continued, And some questions.

Question one pertains to the next 2 pictures.





Short of bending the hinges, is anyone aware of a method to 'center' the hood? I might just leave this up to the body man who'll paint the car, as I'm running out of ideas.

Question #2...



What's wrong with this picture? I've had nothing but troubles with the spring on the driver's side headlight assembly. I'm wondering if I can't just eliminate the spring, and weld the assembly together? These headlights are becoming my biggest headache....





The nose piece seems to be off center in the openings... Being a perfectionist, I'm gonna have to fix that. I'm also going to add some fiberglass to the panel to eliminate the majority of the gap between the nose and the bumper. It doesn't look so bad in this picture, but in person it's pretty nasty. Once done, the nose will likely be an inch or two longer in the center.


The biggest differences between these pictures and the ones in the last thread, everything is actually bolted together for the first time. I had to make some aluminum brackets to bolt the backs of the fenders in place. And I have the airdam bolted to the fronts of the fenders, the factory 951 bumper is holding the airdam at the proper height and distance from the core. I've also got plans to make a mold of the bottom of the factory airdam, so that I can bolt it in under the new airdam to help divert the air up to the radiator core(plus it won't look so tacky, seeing the ground through the airdam openings).
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My repairs/conversion has begun!

My first thread on this repair.
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Re: Bodywork continued, And some questions.

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Short of bending the hinges, is anyone aware of a method to 'center' the hood? I might just leave this up to the body man who'll paint the car, as I'm running out of ideas.
too bad I don't live in your neck of the woods or I'd help you align that bad boy. it's not too difficult with two people. the hardest part is tightening the screws before it wobbles out of alignment again
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may i suggest loosening the bolts slightly and taping it with a rubber mallet?
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that could work. the only problem is that since they're on the end of the hood, it makes for such a long fulcrum and can pull it back out of alignment from its own weight before you get a chance to tighten them down. still worth a shot though
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I'll give it a shot next time I'm out there. I'm really thinking something may of been off on the mold of the hood. The more I think about it, I shouldn't have a centering issue, as the hinges really aren't designed for a side to side adjustment......
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Just a stupidly simple thought but...

what about waiting to fit the hood until it comes down from the jacks.

I know that my open hood occasionally looks rather "off" when I am on jackstands. All is right once all four wheels are on the ground.

Good work so far and good luck.
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When the bolts are loose, it allows for some movement. It doesn't take very little movement at the hinge end to make large diff. at the latch end.
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exactly. that unfortunately is also why it can be so tricky because just the tiniest movement at the hinge.....
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Just take the darn hood off and get everything chromed!
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Just take the darn hood off and get everything chromed!

Eeeeeeekkkkkk, no thanks Besides, I'm sure the fiberglass wouldn't last through the first portion of acid dipping anyways.




TCMdocs944,

Unfortunately, the jacks aren't causing it. It's was that way before I took the wheels off. I didn't feel like messing it with the day I put it on jackstands, but it did start really bothering me so I figured I'd ask before I took drastic measures
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