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#294304 - 12/09/10 04:58 PM Hood Hinges
cpmman Offline

Registered: 11/21/10
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Loc: Southern NH
When a hood sits up to high in the back, is it typically a hood adjustment or bent/worn hinges?

Hinges look okay but hard to tell without a new pair to check against. One thing for sure is I dont want to scratch the new paint during the adjustment or hinge rplacement.

What is the best approach to change the hinges or adjust the hood.


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#294312 - 12/09/10 06:27 PM Re: Hood Hinges [Re: cpmman]
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ur hood is sitting to high near the windshield but is lined up everywhere else...does it close easy? sounds like a hood adjustment. sounds like you need to adjust the bolts where the hinges attach to the fenders..I think you can adjust those down a lil bit....other will chime in but thats what it sounds like to me

#294314 - 12/09/10 06:33 PM Re: Hood Hinges [Re: cpmman]
cbolt Offline
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You are going to hear both versions, worn hinges and simply hinges out of adjustment. Naturally it is more cost effective to attempt the adjustment first and if that fails replace the hinges. I can tell you from experience that in order to make your hood sit correctly in the back the "general" adjustment is to lower the back adjustment bolt and raise the front adjustment bolt until the hood sits correctly. I guess the easiest way to explain it is to visualize the hinge being tilted up in the front and down in the back similar to what you want the hood to ultimately do and adjust them accordingly. Use some tape on the edges to protect that paint at a minimum, blankets and friends come in handy as well.

To answer your question it is typically just misadjusted hinges causing the hood to be raised in the back. Good luck and be careful with that paint.

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#294356 - 12/09/10 10:32 PM Re: Hood Hinges [Re: cpmman]
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#294383 - 12/10/10 12:55 AM Re: Hood Hinges [Re: cpmman]
Monteman1971 Offline
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I agree with everything said here but if you adjust them all the way and the hood still sits high in the back, their going to need to be replaced.


#294395 - 12/10/10 02:22 AM Re: Hood Hinges [Re: cpmman]
cpmman Offline

Registered: 11/21/10
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Loc: Southern NH
The hinges are solid and hold the hood up nicely...I presume it is adjustment. I Just need to be super careful as the paint and boby work is exceptional and will cry if it rubs and scratches.

I put tape on the hood and fenders right away. The hood has been up for a week as I stripped the motor down and in the detaling mode.... Almiost poulled it but under the valve covers is signs of sludge at all.

Car has 66k original miles on it and has never been apart...amazing and what a treat to be the first to take it down. Been in the garage until midnight for the last week!

Silly question, how do I attach a pic?
1970 Monte Carlo 402/4speed
1955 Belair Hardtop Resto Mod
2006 HD Ultra Classic
2003 Big Dog Chopper

"You don't stop playing because you get old, you get old because you stop playing"

#294399 - 12/10/10 02:28 AM Re: Hood Hinges [Re: cpmman]
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the only way to tell if your hinges are worn or not, is to take the springs off... once the springs off , you can feel the slop in the joints.
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