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Tilt front end?

I'm installing a one piece glass front end on my '73 Laguna. I have decided to cut the rear fender sections. This should allow me to tilt the front end without having to pull it forward slightly hence requiring a more complicated hinge mechanism. Anyway, as I am a complete novice when it comes to body work I was wondering what methods are used to permanently attach the rear fender sections to the car? I have an idea of how this is done but just wanted more expert advice that will give a more professional look.

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'37- '42 Willys have the same problem - the fenders extend well into the cowl section and in addition the external hinges are in the way of a tilt one piece hood. Thus the typical fix is to cut off the tips of the fenders like Centerline describes. However, I have a friend for whom I built a '42 Willys pickup and he wanted a tilt one-piece 'glass hood but didn't want the fenders cut. I designed a mechanism that slid the hood forward about 8", then tilted forward, thus no cut fenders! It has a couple of 3/4" roller bearings on a bracket in the center of the hood at the cowl that roll in a channel that is welded into the cowl. Then there is a 2" square steel tube in each frame horn that has a bar (made of plow steel for strength) with 4 of the roller bearings that slide in and out very easily. At the other end of those bars the hood is attached with a swivel pin. finally, I added two scissor bars that attach to the frame (or radiator support) and the inside of the hood that restrict the hood from opening too far.

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