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Old 04-13-2008, 01:17 PM
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hood allignment

does anyone know of an information source on how to allign
the hood on a 1946 mercury coupe?

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See the thread on aligning a 64 SS Impala hood. Click here

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hood alignment

Don't know of a source for info,what are you trying to align? Forward / aft. drawing it down at the cowl, lining up the latch / striker assy? I'm sure it's like a Ford and recquires 2 shoulder bolts, do you have these?
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hood allignment

i am trying to get the back-end drivers side of the hood,
up higher, so it does't rest on top of the fender.

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Post a photo, "rest on top of", what does that mean? Is the hood up and over the fender?

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Before you try to align the hood, make sure the inner structure is not broken or pulling loose from the outer skin.

Also make sure that the hood hinge is not bent, binding, lacking lubrication or pulling loose from the cowl.

Those are 2 common causes of sagging, misaligned hoods on older cars.


Once you determine that the structure and mechanism is sound, you can proceed with the hood alignment as Brian outlined in his post.


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I'm a dip, I didn't notice what year your Merc was. First you have to determan if the hood is low, or the fender is high. Is the hood level with the top of the cowl, or is it low there?

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1946 mercury coupe hood

brian,
the left side of the hood is lower than the cowl,so when i lower the hood
the corner of the hood,chips the paint from the fender!
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If you look at the "Basics of Basics" to hood alignment you will see about how the hinge "rotates" to raise or lower the hood. Your hinge on that side needs to be rotated so the front goes up, clockwise as you look at the side of the cowl. As I remember that hinge has two bolts along the front of it and one in the rear. So open the hood, then try loosening the front bolts on the hinge and leave the rear one just barely snug. Rotate the hinge up in the front and it will raise the hood at the cowl.

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To adjust the up and down of a hood you want to adjust the hinge bolts where it bolts to the car, and to adjust the left and right alignment you adjust the hinge where it bolts to the hood.

To make the back of the hood come up to meet the cowl, loosen the bolts just enough on the car side (not the hood side). Close the hood all the way and pull up on the low corner. Then open slightly and tighten it down.

To make the back of the hood go down, loosen the bolts (car side) and open the hood up. With the hood all the way open, push the hood up like your going to push it into the windshield. This will push the back of the hood down.
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Dual Buster, I don't mean to nitpick, honestly, it doesn't matter a whole lot. But I just want to say a couple things so Rodger doesn't get confused.

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To adjust the up and down of a hood you want to adjust the hinge bolts where it bolts to the car, and to adjust the left and right alignment you adjust the hinge where it bolts to the hood.

On a 46 Merc you can't adjust the hood side to side using the bolts on the hood. These hoods mount with shouldered bolts going thru the hinges horizontally into the sides of the hood. There is no adjustment what so ever at the hood to hinge bolt. You can bend the hinge side to side, but there are no hinge adjustment side to side.

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To make the back of the hood come up to meet the cowl, loosen the bolts just enough on the car side (not the hood side). Close the hood all the way and pull up on the low corner. Then open slightly and tighten it down.

To make the back of the hood go down, loosen the bolts (car side) and open the hood up. With the hood all the way open, push the hood up like your going to push it into the windshield. This will push the back of the hood down.
This is exactly what I said, only with a little different method. The hinge "rotates". If you loosen the bolts on the hinge to cowl, and rotate the hinge back, it will bring the back of the hood up. If you rotate the hinge forward it will brind the back of the hood down.

Closing the hood all the way down with the bolts loosened and lifting the back of the hood is rotating the hinge forward and lifting the back of the hood. The trick here, is to keep it rotated while you open the hood and tighten the bolts. But this, as well as my explaination are doing the exact same thing, rotating the hinge forward.

Use what ever method works for you, we all do things different. Just think about the concept, "rotate" the hinge forward lifts, rotate it back, lowers the back of the hood.

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1946 mercury coupe hood

to all who helped,i want to thank you.don,mikey.brian,buster,
milo and bob.i used all the information and finally got the hood
where i could live with it!

the suggestion that made the difference,i think,was to take the car off of the jack stands!.it seemed to go much easier once i did that.

again thanks to all

yours respectfully,w.roger lafontaine
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