Author Topic: hood/fender alignment help  (Read 1184 times)

ledesordre

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hood/fender alignment help
« on: January 20, 2014, 02:36:38 PM »
I know this has been asked a million times, and I've read other threads on it, but please help me based on the picture I am providing, rather than past questions.

I just bought this car recently.

Does it look like my driver side fender needs to come down a bit? Or just a hood hinge adjustment?
You can see the hood is slightly not aligned on the back end of it on the driver's side, and the trim pieces are a bit off as well. I am trying to correct that.


http://i.imgur.com/NAOheJL.png
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Re: hood/fender alignment help
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2014, 02:41:02 PM »
It look's like the door needs to come up a bit, the gap between the door and the A pillar should be smaller

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Re: hood/fender alignment help
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2014, 02:42:08 PM »
The hood hinge can be adjusted up or down, I would start by adjusting it down which will pull down the hood.

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Re: hood/fender alignment help
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2014, 02:43:47 PM »
It look's like the door needs to come up a bit, the gap between the door and the A pillar should be smaller

Thanks, I'll look into that as well.
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Re: hood/fender alignment help
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2014, 03:23:52 PM »
Just by going off that pic, there is a whole lotta wrong going on there.  If you look at the reflection of light on the door, it looks like the front corner of the door (between mirror and fender) is bent in.  Also the hood looks bent, like the hinges were frozen and someone tried to muscle the hood down.  How is the gap, door to rocker, front to back?  Even all the way or at an angle, front to back?

Like I said, could be the pic.  More pics from different angles would help.
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Re: hood/fender alignment help
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2014, 08:45:04 PM »
I agree the hood looks like it was bent at the hinges.  You do need to start with the door properly aligned with the rear qrtr panel and rocker, then align the fender.
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Re: hood/fender alignment help
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2014, 08:27:29 AM »
I agree the hood looks like it was bent at the hinges.  You do need to start with the door properly aligned with the rear qrtr panel and rocker, then align the fender.

darn, that's no good. Sounds like it's going to be a pain to correct these issues.
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Re: hood/fender alignment help
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2014, 11:34:07 AM »
Does anyone have a guide on how to adjust some of these body panels for someone who is new to these cars?
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Re: hood/fender alignment help
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2014, 12:41:19 PM »
If you are going to dive into this project, make sure you replace the door hinges or rebuild them. The only other advice I can give is take your time, because that is what it takes.

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Re: hood/fender alignment help
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2014, 03:07:05 PM »
If you are going to dive into this project, make sure you replace the door hinges or rebuild them. The only other advice I can give is take your time, because that is what it takes.

I'd get a body shop to adjust it if you are not really comfortable doing so.  I had one guy straighten out a hood a while back that was bent by poor hinges. He put a two by four under the front running side to side, put a long 6x6 block of wood on top, running front to back over the hood frame rails and beat it with a sledge hammer.  Darn if it didn't fit like a glove when he was done with it and required no filler!  Of course we used some new hinges after that as well.  Watching him do that made me cringe.  I figured that was one destroyed hood but the guy obviously had been there done that before.  In the end, he ended up saving us some good money.
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Re: hood/fender alignment help
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2014, 04:50:51 PM »
 Watching him do that made me cringe.


That's why I never let people watch me work on their cars :lol:  Had one guy about have a stroke when he saw his car with the door, fender, and hood off, and I was "only" supposed to straighten the quarter :lol:  Hey, everything has to line up :lol:

He was happy in the end 8)
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Re: hood/fender alignment help
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2014, 12:43:52 PM »


 Watching him do that made me cringe.


That's why I never let people watch me work on their cars :lol:  Had one guy about have a stroke when he saw his car with the door, fender, and hood off, and I was "only" supposed to straighten the quarter :lol:  Hey, everything has to line up :lol:

He was happy in the end 8)


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Re: hood/fender alignment help
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2014, 12:43:52 PM »
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