The plan is to reshape the hood sides to better fit the cowl. The 1/2" rod I used for the "flair" is pretty hard to bend but I think I finally got a better line. The sheet metal needed to be extended to close the gap some. I cut off the part that was added to the original hood side and made a new wider piece. The metal came from the scrap bin of a body shop and has a pretty good contour already. It will get tacked together and then the "flair" will get refilled and primed. The same fate awaits the other side.
As planned, my son came home for deer season and welded the bracket back on. I ground the welds down and did some filling and sanding and primed, then painted the bracket area. I also while I was there, cleaned and repainted the sping. There seems to be enough clearance for the tie rod but had to shorten the panhard bar. The move forward on the frame meant it was narrower and the bar was too long for any adjustment.
So here's the problem, on hard left turns the tie rod hits the panhard bar mount. I cut the mount off after practically removing the front end and plan to move it forward to the frame spring clearance notch. I'll need to check for the axle not hitting the bolt that holds the panhard bar in the mount. The mount and frame will get ground clean for welding. My son will finish welding it when he comes in a week or so. This is one of my problems with building stuff is that you don't know how things will work until you've done it...then you need to take it apart and do it again because it didn't.
Drove the hot rod an hour or so away to another local car show, great fall day for a drive. It was sunny and cool and several cars showed up. Had some trouble getting past the parade and by the time we arrived I had picked up lots of splashes from puddles. Should have wiped everything down but didn't. I get a kick out of the guys that shine and polish on their cars the whole show, I would rather drive. No problems on the trip, had a good time, saw some nice (and clean) cars, visited with interested people. The new hood prop worked. Now I need to start a list of fixes and things to do to get ready for body work and paint this winter.
I have a few more shows I want to go to before I start disassembly for body work and paint, so I keep thinking of little projects like the Von Dutch flying eye. I don't usually keep the hood open at shows but I thought I would just prop it up a little. For this I needed a short (12 inch) prop. Using some aluminum channel from scrap shelving, a short piece was cut to length, drilled with 3/8" holes and beveled with 1/2". A little polishing and adding a short piece of hose to keep it from slipping then a trial fit. I think it works. It sort of plugs into the hood latch on each end