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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old Jan 3rd, 20, 9:50 AM Thread Starter
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Front Corners Of Hood Up

69 Chevelle, front middle is down maybe an eight from front filler. Each corner is up less than an eight from filler and fender corners, not touching rubber bumpers.

Seems to me both front fenders need raising up (I have neither the skill or patience for this). Or I need to put some “bow” back in hood (no way would I try this on a painted car)

Back edge fits OK

Any other suggestions ?
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old Jan 3rd, 20, 10:08 AM
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Re: Front Corners Of Hood Up

Raising the front of the fenders increases the door gap at the bottom.

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post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old Jan 3rd, 20, 10:56 AM
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Are any of the parts aftermarket or new to the car? Is the hood latch set very tight?

I agree with Dean on the fender to door gap, but check to see how your gaps are. How does the fender look compared to the rocker panel? Is the hood even with the fenders everywhere but the front?

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The hood latches by itself when I start to close it.

Pretty sure there’s plenty of aftermarket parts.

Hood front corners are up. Rest of hood/fender fit is OK with me.
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Re: Front Corners Of Hood Up

Is the '69 hood latch the same as the '68? If so it is adjustable, on the hood side of the latch , it screws in or out. Terry
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Re: Front Corners Of Hood Up

Loosen the front bolts on the hood hinge mounting points on the fender to tip the rear of the hood down. Sounds counter intuitive but it works.
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Or I need to put some “bow” back in hood (no way would I try this on a painted car)

You might just have to do this. Can you post a picture looking straight at the front of the car with the hood closed ?

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You might just have to do this. Can you post a picture looking straight at the front of the car with the hood closed ?
Good idea. Front of car is on jacks, giving a different (higher) perspective. Looks like both rear corners could rotate down a little ?
Pick front of hinges up some ??

Hood actually is bowed up on both sides. I always attributed this to slamming hood w/dry hinges ?
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Re: Front Corners Of Hood Up

Lube your hood hinges up, as I use Sea Foam Deep Creep on all 7 rivets on each hinge. Hit the backs of the rivets and in each joint, where you have metal to metal movement and work the oil into those joints. Should make the hinges seat better on the cowl, and never use dry hinges, as they need lube as well.

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Re: Front Corners Of Hood Up

I thought you said it was the front that was not aligned correct ??? That is the back of the hood not the front.

Is the hood shut all the way and latched in those pictures ?

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Some pics of front, middle, sides and back.

Hinges are well lubed
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You might just have to do this. Can you post a picture looking straight at the front of the car with the hood closed ?
Good idea. Front of car is on jacks, giving a different (higher) perspective. Looks like both rear corners could rotate down a little ?
Pick front of hinges up some ??

Hood actually is bowed up on both sides. I always attributed this to slamming hood w/dry hinges ?
If it’s bowed in the middle the front has to come down.
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Yes, but front middle is already below front filler at wind split
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Did you set the latch depth and hood bumpers?
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Did you set the latch depth and hood bumpers?
Hood corners are too high, bumpers
not holding hood up. If center adj higher, corners even higher
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