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Old 11-11-2005, 10:34 AM
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fiberglass hood bend

my monte has a 21/2" cowl induction fiberglass hood but it has bent up on either side in the middle of the fender, i used the correct hinges and can push it down level with my hand no problem but it will not stay there, any suggestions?

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Old 11-11-2005, 11:25 AM
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Is it molded wrong, or can you not get the hood to latch far enough down?? I am a little confused with your post.. Have you checked the hood rubber stops for adjustment??

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Monte Hood

the rubber stops are all fine I think that it is moulded wrong, if you click on my profile and look at the photo of the car you will see just above the fender, where it meets the hood right in the middle what I am talking about, i think that i will have to put in an extra set of hood pins 3/4 way up the hood, like the nextel cup cars have to make it sit correctly, just one of those things I guess!!, but I dont want to buy a new hood and repaint if some one has a bright idea.
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Yep looks from the photo that the hood was off from the begining... Sorry bro, I dont know of any way to make up for that ... It fits at the bottom and top, just not the middle... I would get another hood that fit.... That is the problem with aftermarket stuff... allot of times it does not fit at all

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its kinda the nature of fiberglass parts, they often don't fit right. Been there, done that. Hopefully a different hood will fit better, but the mold itself may be off possibly. I did bodywork on a car and the hood fit terrible, wide gaps
the curve wasn't close to matching the fenders. Ended up slicing it and refiberglassing to get it fit right. The fiberglass bumper for the car wasn't a whole lot better either, had to do some work on it also for fit.
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Reinforcement strips

A feelow can if he wishes install some reinforcement strips runing fore and aft so to speak along the hood..cut them the the proper shape clamp them in place and glass them to the underside of the hood..quite a bit of work and a pain to do..but can be done..

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One of the main mistakes that folks make when they put a 'glass hood on is that they don't remove the hinge springs. The unreinforced glass hood will not take the stress of having that preload on it all the time. You can either remove the springs or you can do as One More Time suggested and reinforce the hood with some steel or aluminum. Try to attach the reinforcement to the hinge or sandwich it between the hinge and the hood inner panel. That will put the stress on the reinforcement.
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YUP. Mike's ALL over it bud. MOST people who install a glass hood use the STOCK springs and that is a BIG no-no for some aftermarket hood's. I would bet that a call to the Manuf. of the hood and THEIR recomendation for springs or ditching them all togather and just using a prop rod to hold it up,that after 1 summer of HEAT, It will go back to normal.

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