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Old 09-01-2008, 09:42 PM
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hood adjustment help!!!

I just put a new 4" cowl fiberglass hood on my 85 elco ss and the hood sticks up higher than the fender by about 1/2" on the driver side and about 1/4" on the other but it is flush on the front. Any help would be appriciated the hood is from harwood it was 640 dollars and I am ticked it won't line up!!! By the way I have no body work experience what so ever. thanks in advance

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Have you contacted Harwood? They make pretty good replacement parts but fiberglass doesn't always line up perfectly. Once it takes a set then thats pretty much where it's going to be. You can't bend it and you can't grind it down that much, and you shouldn't have to for $640. Theres alway some fitment issues with any replacement part, I would definately call them before you touch it, take some pic's and email them back to Harwood, see if they can replace it or offer a suggestion.
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Can't picture the hinges on that vehicle right now, and don't see any photos posted, so just guessing, but likely a hinge adjustment may take care of it.

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I have never installed one on an elco but I did put one on a 76 Camaro about 25 years ago. A die grinder was needed to to enlarge the holes on the hinges to get more adjustment. You also had to make the holes bigger to bolt the hinges to the hood as the bolts that came with it would not fit through the hinges. I also learned the hard way that aftermarket springs were needed to keep the hood from warping because of the increased pressure from the OE springs.
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I just put a new 4" cowl fiberglass hood on my 85 elco ss and the hood sticks up higher than the fender by about 1/2" on the driver side and about 1/4" on the other but it is flush on the front. Any help would be appriciated the hood is from harwood it was 640 dollars and I am ticked it won't line up!!! By the way I have no body work experience what so ever. thanks in advance
I'm not familiar with that year Elky, but if your hinges are bolted onto the firewall/vehicle, loosen them up a bit, yet remain a little snug. Shut the hood, and gently press down the areas that are high, a little at a time while alternating sides. When you're satisfied with the fit, open the hood and snug up the bolts. Recheck, and repeat if necessary. A friend just installed a 4" Harwood on his mid-80's Camaro, it fit just fine after a similar adjustment. Let us know how you make out.

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I'm not familiar with that year Elky, but if your hinges are bolted onto the firewall/vehicle, loosen them up a bit, yet remain a little snug. Shut the hood, and gently press down the areas that are high, a little at a time while alternating sides. When you're satisfied with the fit, open the hood and snug up the bolts. Recheck, and repeat if necessary. A friend just installed a 4" Harwood on his mid-80's Camaro, it fit just fine after a similar adjustment. Let us know how you make out.

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Thanks for all your help I will give that a try. Thankyou
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There are two bolts that hold the hinge to the fender on each side. loosen these, and have a helper push the front of the hood up until the hinges rock backward as far as they can. Tighten the bolts. If the hinges are not worn out, and the hood is correctly shaped (two big ifs), the hood should now be lower than the fenders at the rear corners. Adjust back up as necessary.
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