Join Date: May 2017
Location: Bossier City, Louisiana
Re: Aftermarket hood issues
I think you have two problems here - aftermarket hinges and an aftermarket hood. For your front edge of the hood height problem, adjust the threaded rubber-topped height adjusting posts screwed into the radiator core support.
For the rear passenger side height problem, close your hood with a sheet of paper trapped between the bottom of the hood and the top of the firewall cowl. Can you remove the sheet of paper once closed? If not, you may have the same problem my 70 El Camino had. The cowl ledge on mine had a small, upturned metal edge that needed to be flattened down about an eighth of an inch to get the rear of my cowl induction hood to settle properly.
I'm using my original 1970 hood hinges that I shipped off for re-bush and rebuilding. This was the best course of action to eliminate the wild card variable of aftermarket hinges. It cost me around $250 for Willie to rebuild them but it was worth it. I think he took about three weeks, shipping included.
1970 El Camino under Reconstruction - 5.3L LS VORTEC Engine and 4L60E Transmission