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Old 02-13-2006, 08:16 AM
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Aligning hood on 54' chevy 210

The hood on my 54' chevy 210 needs some adjustment. It seems that its a little pushed back on the front end, and sticking up a little high above the fenders towards the windsheild area. You can tell that the hood is too far back because the pin that latches the hood needs to be pulled forward to open the hood. I know about scribing everything before you go changing stuff. I also know that removing body panels/doors and any sheet metal can be a real chore, but any advice on this would be much appriciated. I also feel one of the biggest differenced between a really well done car is the gaps between the body panel gaps.
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I only ever adjusted one hood and that was on my f250, i had my dad help me, what we'd do is loosen the bolts in the slotted holes just enough to move it a little then snug them up and check alignment. When everything was ok we went back and tightened it all down and rechecked again, kind of a slow process but it works, an extra set of hands is nice to have too. Also I'm not sure what kind of shape your car is in but if your having problems with the hood not being adjusted right and its not a fresh resto i would be checking out parts for rust damage.
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I agree with oldschoolrods, I pulled the hood on my 54 to "nose" it, didn't scribe anything after all I was only 16, and then going back it was trial and error getting it back right. No big adjustnents at a time is the key here.
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Aligning hood on 54' chevy 210

I think the key here is that its a little pushed back on the front end and sticking up a little high above the fenders towards the windshield area. The hinges may just be out of adjustment and all that is needed is the hinge bolts need loosing and the hood pushed down and forward.
But if the hood has an actual bow upwardly from a former accident or from being closed on an object and being bent than you will nee to flatten the hood out before it will ever come into perfect adjustment.
As well the latch brace may have been pushed back during an accident and never fixed correctly.
Either one or both of these (the hood and/or latch brace) will have to straighteners before the hood will fit right with the fenders.
Do the fenders line up with the doors?
If not fix these first before trying to do the hood because if you don't you will be redoing the hood again after you do the fender to door alignment.
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I was thinking it might have something to do with the springs too. The springs that hold the hood down tight. I don't thing this car was ever wrecked, or has no visable signs of it at least. I also have another question about the hood. I would like to louver the hood too, if the really going to put it out of whack?
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When the hood is high in the back, loosen the bolts that go into the fender on that side, the bottom bolt fairly loose, the upper bolts just a bit snug. Lift the hood as if you were trying to open it a little farther, you will see the hinge pivot to drop the hinge in the back. Snug the bolts back down, check for fit. For the front gap, the hood can be slid forward on the slots on the spring, if there is not enough play there you may have to adjust the radiator support. Good luck. Dan
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I was thinking it might have something to do with the springs too. The springs that hold the hood down tight. I don't thing this car was ever wrecked, or has no visable signs of it at least. I also have another question about the hood. I would like to louver the hood too, if the really going to put it out of whack?
Louvering means you will have to remove any bracing on the underside of the hood, a job best left to a competent bodyman.
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