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Matching hood to body '32 Ford

I have a glass body on my '32 Ford. I have decided to installl a
1/2 hood (no side panels). I purchased a hood from Rootlief hood
and the body seam on the side of the coupe does not match up
with the seam on the hood. The hood is about 1" to high on each
side.
Is that normal? Could Rootlief sent me the wrong hood? Has
anyone else had this problem. Right now my solution is to cut
the hood in half and weld in a 2" piece of sheet metal to make it
match.
Any help would be appreciated..

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Old 06-04-2006, 05:51 PM
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I would say it is the body before the hood, Rootleib is very high quality.

Could it simply be the cowl is too thick on each side and it is raising the hood up? I have seen a number of glass bodies where the lip that the welting sits on is "warped" up and maybe the hood is hitting there BEFORE it comes down to fit the meet the body lines.

1. Is the rad shell on?

2. If the shell is on and the hood is laying in place is the rear edge of the hood higher than top of cowl?

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If none of the things brian suggests apply, You may have the wrong hood. 1" is alot.

But, here is something to consider.
There were many differences in dimensions of bodies, fenders, hoods etc due to the fact that prior to 34 or 35 many of the parts were made by hand and consistancy was not a big priority. Now a fiberglass body manufacturer will take a body and prep it and build a mold. Did the manufacturer use an original, unmolested body or did they "splash" some other fiberglass companies work? Did they check to see that their body would work with already available parts like hoods and fenders before they tooled up? Not all of the manufacturers check those things. Some manufacturers have customized their stuff to the point that no "stock" stuff will work. Classic motor carriages, (street beast) is one that comes to mind.

1" difference on each side is alot though. I would call rootleib and be ready to give them some measurements. What company made the body? I have seen folks send back the hoosier or rootlieb hoods because of the poor fit and have one custom made to get the fit right. It isn't the hood companies fault as much as it is the inconsistancy of the glass companies work.
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1. Yes the radiator shell is on
2. I had to shave the rear of the new hood but when it sits
flush in the groove on the cowl the 'body line seam' (about 1 inch) does
not match up with the body line seam on the body.
I just found out it is a RustNoMore fiberglass body.
Has anyone had experience with them?
thanks for you insight.
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I have not heard of rustnomore. could you put up a picture or 2? That would help.
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I'll post a picture tomorrow.... As soon as the body
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That's Russ Nomore

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I have not heard of rustnomore. could you put up a picture or 2? That would help.
The name of the company is : Russ Nomore, but I am not familiar with where they got their molds.
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Thanks, Dingman. I just found the Russ nomore website. It looks like a quality body from the pics, specifications and the processes that they use. I think that a little more investigation is in order before any cutting starts. I wonder if cares didn't get a 32 pickup hood? mikey
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I think I would contact Russ Nomore and ask what hood he recommends. My Rootlieb four piece hood fit my 34 fairly well except for the lower panels did not follow the body line of my glass body exactly. After much fitting and re-fitting and a whole lot of doubt I took a grinder to the back of the lower sections of my hood and made them match the body line. Luckily down toward the bottom where there is a double rounded edge that did not require modification.

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Thanks for all your suggestions. I did talk to Russ Nomore and I think
I have within 1/8". That will have to work.
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As a owner of a few original Deuces ... I am here to say even getting a stock original Henry Ford issued hood to fit a stock original 1932 Ford can sometimes be a real chore ... Factor in a reproduction hood and a reproduction body ... all sitting on a reproduction frame ... and problems can really multiply.

But 33 - 34 Fords are much worse ... fit wise ...
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As a owner of a few original Deuces ... I am here to say even getting a stock original Henry Ford issued hood to fit a stock original 1932 Ford can sometimes be a real chore ... Factor in a reproduction hood and a reproduction body ... all sitting on a reproduction frame ... and problems can really multiply.

But 33 - 34 Fords are much worse ... fit wise ...
No kidding.
I'm fitting one right now for a customer.
Rootlieb hood onto a '34 'glass body that I built at my old job.
You would think that would make it easy.

I really don't wonder why people like building highboys with no hoods.
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The hood fit on this 32 is about as good as you can get ...
But all the parts and pieces are old original stuff ... even the shell ...

I spent two weeks trying to get a original 33 3W body and hood to line up ... without much success ... too many curves and angles ... with too many variables ... and cutting was NOT a option ...
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I knew you had to have some part of your shop that looked "lived in".
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