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Old 12-04-2011, 04:02 PM
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adjusting the hood and doors on my 1949 chevy pickup

can some please help me adjust the hood and doors on my 1949 chevy pickup. i cannot get the doors to close all the way nor the hood. the hood has about a 2 inch gap between it and the fenders with the hood all the way down. by the way it does have a 1969 nova front end under it. that's probally is the problem. but these doors came off of this truck but they were not fitting properly before. please help if you can.

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I cant remember about the doors, I will have to go out to the shop and check those... But the hood adjustments are on the firewall.. two bolts that hold the spring. Loosen and slide the bracket up or down on both sides. I think the front of the hood is adjusted by the locking mechanism. Hope that helps a little.
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doors adjust to the cab. hood adjust to the cab. fenders adjust to the hood. you may have to shim the core support. loosen the door hinges so you can bump the door around. it's not that hard once you get the hang of it.
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Check to see if the door is closing on the first or the second latch. That is one of the biggest mistakes made, the guy thinks he needs to move the striker in to tighten the door more but the latch is only grabbing on the first latch and the door doesn't go in far enough. Gently push the door shut and see how many times it clicks. If if only clicks once, the first latch is all that's catching and you need to pull the striker out a little so the second latch can catch.

When I say "first and second latch" I am referring to the the two "steps" of the the latch, not two different latches.

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doors and hood adjustment

thanks a lot
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Shine is probably right that the mount of the rad support is simply too low needing it to be shimmed up. However, check the rad support rods that go from the firewall to fenders out at the rad support, they are VERY important on these trucks to pull in the upper fender making them tighter to the hood.

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i adjust door without the latch . when the door is right then install the latch and adjust it to the door.
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i adjust door without the latch . when the door is right then install the latch and adjust it to the door.
GREAT tip!!!!

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You are absolutely right if you are needing to go up or down or something like that. But once that is done and you are talking about the door not latching all the way, look at it as I suggested.

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