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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-09-2019, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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67 Radiator Core support bent?

Guys, pop the hood on your 67 or 68 and look at your radiator core support from the drivers or pass side. Is it supposed to be straight across, or bow inwards?

Mine is bowing inward and i'm not sure if that's normal. When I install the radiator, is it supposed to be straight up and down, or does it lean in from the top?

Building this car from nothing, so I'm not sure how it's 'supposed' to be.
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I don't have my car to look at right now but I'm pretty sure it's straight. The rad is straight vertical.

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It should be flat across the front.

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Heavy guy must have spent a lot of time leaning over the support working on the car.
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The good news is that the radiator support is fairly easy to bend back into the correct position. Loosen the hood latch from the support and pull (or push) the support until you have it where you want it, tighten everything and you should be good to go.

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Yeah, it does seem like that section is pretty flexible. I tried grabbing hold and pulling but it would just bounce back to the original position. Now it makes sense why the body guy put little spacers on the hood latch so the hood catch would line up.

This is going to turn into a can of worms because the hood pins holes have already been drilled into the hood. i knew this wasn't right but haven't addressed it until i ordered the radiator the other day and started thinking about it.

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It doesn't look way out of whack and I doubt it'd have much (if any) impact on the hood pins since they're out on the edges.
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There sure appears to be a crease in the top of the support where the voltage regulator is and on the opposite side. I would think taking the spacers out and pulling, with someone hammering and dollying the top of the support, may pop it forward and relieve the tension.
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It doesn't look way out of whack and I doubt it'd have much (if any) impact on the hood pins since they're out on the edges.
You'd be surprised how much movement there is, even at the edges.

Knapper that is a good point. The crease on the driver's side is present, smooth on the pass side.
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Um, somebody knew it was screwed up, there should not be huge aluminum spacers on the hood latch bolts. It's almost certainly not the original rad support, since there are no staple holes in it.

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