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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-19-2019, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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Hood alignment advice

Hi all,

I've read Veronica's guide to hood alignment, but am wondering whether my alignment in the photos below can be easily fixed at home, or whether this is work for a panel beater. I assume the PO had an accident and the repairs weren't excellent.

The main problem is with the headlight housing, but there is some hood to quarter panel gap as well.


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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-19-2019, 01:04 PM
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Are the fender to hood rubber bumpers in place on top of the fender lip? Your headlight bucket is not aligned properly. Wes
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Raise the hood, lower the hood corner bumpers, and remove the hood latch assembly. It is there to keep the properly aligned hood closed, not to pull it onto alignment when closed. Loosen all the hood hinge bolts at the inner fender, just enough it takes some effort to manipulate it and so when you get it aligned it will hold it in place til you tighten the bolts again. Align the hood so you have a consistent gap on the left and right sides between the fenders. Carefully open and close the hood as many times as needed, just be sure you don't rub the fenders. You may need to loosen the fender bolts to get the gap consistent from the front to the back. Tighten all those bolts, and, if needed, loosen the bolts from the hinges to the hood to align the gap at the back of the hood so it is consistent all the way across the cowl. Tighten all bolts. Reattach the hood catch, adjust, and readjust your hood bumpers.
Now, loosen all the screws for the headlight doors and align them (they were likely never perfect) as best you can with the top and sides of the fenders, and with the corners of the hood.
This may take 30 minutes, it may take all day, depending on the collision history of your car and the veracity of the metal stamping and headlight door castings. It's worth it.

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looks like more of a fender / headlight door alignment thing

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-19-2019, 08:45 PM
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looks like more of a fender / headlight door alignment thing

Absolutely. And if those are repop fenders you may never get them aligned properly. Ask me how I know!
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-19-2019, 08:54 PM
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Pull the headlight door. Often times the pot metal headlight housing is torn where the upper bolt near the hood attaches. You can drill a hole through the housing and into the fender, and with a screw pull it upward so that the headlight door better aligns with fender (and hood). Make sure to loosen all four bolts first.
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How does the hood line up against the cowl? If it's nice and straight along the back and the RIGHT fender doesn't fit too bad, loosen all the LEFT fender to apron bolts and pull the fender out to obtain your proper gap.
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