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Old 09-26-2016, 04:53 AM
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Camaro hood too high at rear

Hey guys. I have a '68 Camaro which when I close the hood the rear of it sits too high. Have tried dropping it in the hinge bolt holes and messing with geometry but can't seem to sort it out. Are there any pointers for sorting this out? Is there something wrong with my hinges perhaps? It's quite a lot, like 8mm or 5/16" or so

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I think it's sitting up on the rubber strip in front of cowl (but can't delete thread now)
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Have removed the rubber. Still no good. The closest adjustment I can get is with the front half of (lower) hinge pushed downward in slot and rear half lifted upward. ends up about 3mm too high
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Pretty common problem on the old classics and one that has driven me crazy for years. I go to a lot of car shows, (it's My Thing) and I'm always blown away but the High Dollar Restored Classics I see with the hood arched in the middle, sticking up in the back, or not meeting the fenders in the front.

I can't tell you how much time I've put into many of my former classics shimming fenders, adjusting hoods, adjusting hinges, and I still have to push the back of the hood down manually every time I close it. Unfortunately Billet Replacement Hinges could be $700.00 so I guess thats why you see so many un-aligned hoods. In Most cases it's just worn out; play in the rivets, springs don't bounce back, or the hood is arched.
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This is one of the best how too's on hood adjustment I have read. MartinSR is the origional writer. I think it will solve your problem.

https://www.hotrodders.com/forum/basi...ct-219960.html

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I don't know why but many people hesitate or refuse to replace worn out hinges on really nice cars. If it won't adjust and does not have interference, it's the hinges! As I like to say... if it quacks and waddles it's probably a duck. Not all replacement hinges are created equal, some may not even solve the problem if poorly made. Billet hinges are not the only option.
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try this link [COLOR=#0066cc]HoodHingeRepair.com[/COLOR] back in the 60s with the big engines they created a lot of heat. especially with uncoated headers. to help eliminate the heat some raised the back of the hood so the engine heat could escape
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It's too late to work on it tonight, but Martins article is very helpful. Thanks John. Might help Rob too. It is irritating, my car is very tidy and it sticks out like *********.

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This is one of the best how too's on hood adjustment I have read. MartinSR is the origional writer. I think it will solve your problem.

https://www.hotrodders.com/forum/basi...ct-219960.html

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You know what's funny John, when I opened Hotrodders just now on the body forum I saw "Camaro hood too" that's all I saw and I knew it was "too high at the rear" I knew that is what I was going to see.

Sweetv8, rotate the hinges as explained in the "Basics" and you should have it.

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Pretty common problem on the old classics and one that has driven me crazy for years. I go to a lot of car shows, (it's My Thing) and I'm always blown away but the High Dollar Restored Classics I see with the hood arched in the middle, sticking up in the back, or not meeting the fenders in the front.

I can't tell you how much time I've put into many of my former classics shimming fenders, adjusting hoods, adjusting hinges, and I still have to push the back of the hood down manually every time I close it. Unfortunately Billet Replacement Hinges could be $700.00 so I guess thats why you see so many un-aligned hoods. In Most cases it's just worn out; play in the rivets, springs don't bounce back, or the hood is arched.
Honestly, the reason you see it so often is the fix is very odd and people don't "get it." I have seen pros doing this stuff for years that don't know you can rotate the hinge or even shim it to get it down. It's so odd, going against your brain that it's missed.

Sure the hinges could be worn too much, or in my case I had mine binding up from the thick powder coating. And even if they are worn a bunch, you go to the limit of the wear, rotate it back.

It's like adjusting doors that are sagging, sure they are sagging because the hinge is worn out. But you can lift it up to where the hinge is holding the door properly. It's still worn, but it can be adjusted to make the door fit properly.

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yeah, rotate it first then start looking at other things. Sometimes if you can push it down with your hands after it's rotated and it only looks nice when you push it down it's the hinges.
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That's a great article, thanks for your effort Brian.
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