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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 9th, 19, 6:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hood hinge drifting issues

Hi guys; Don't know if this has been addressed here before,but I wanted to ask. Before it is mentioned (The hood hinges are rebuilt) When the hood is in the closed position,it is centered between the fenders with a 3/16" gap on each side. When it is being lifted to the open position,it drifts over to the driver's side and the rear edge of the hood/corner is contacting on the inside of the fender scraping off the paint. Does anyone know why this "drifting" is happening in the hinges? I have had 2-70 Chevelles with hood hinges newly rebuilt by a Team Chevelle member and in both cases the hood drifts over to the driver's side and scrapes. This issue occurs with inner fenders installed and without,in case someone might believe this to be a variable. Hope someone can shed light on this issue for me,so I can correct this once and for all. Thanks for your time. Dave
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 9th, 19, 6:46 PM
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Re: Hood hinge drifting issues

Are the hinges squared up in the hood mounting bolts?

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 9th, 19, 7:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Hood hinge drifting issues

Hi Steve; Good point. I looked at them and they appear to be squared up and the hood looks to be butted up and riding in the 90 degree groove/edge of the hinge. If the hinges were operating properly,would that be a normal function for them to physically drift like that? Thanks,Dave
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Re: Hood hinge drifting issues

The whole front clip is aftermarket. The hood is AMD and the fenders are Goodmark. The hood hinges are OEM GM pieces.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 10th, 19, 8:32 PM
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Re: Hood hinge drifting issues

Do you have the side rubber bumpers on the fenders? They can hide hinge misalignment because the bumpers will push the hood away from the fender as the hood closes all the way. Remove the bumpers and then (very carefully) see if your hood is still centered to the fenders when you close it. If not, readjust without the bumpers until it is right, then put the bumpers back on.

Also, if the front end is way out of square (either to the cowl, or with one fender a lot farther forward than the other), then the hood can move one way or the other when you raise it. The side gaps need to be even AND the alignment of the front corners of the hood to the front corners of the fenders need to be close to the same on both sides for it to be "square".

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Re: Hood hinge drifting issues

I did have the same problem two years ago. The only way I found to permanently solve this was to go with aftermarket billet hinges.

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Re: Hood hinge drifting issues

Lube the daylights out of the hinges!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Make sure you have the same springs on both sides. Count the coils.

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