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1963 Grand Prix


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Got the new (to me) hinges today. It'll be a couple of days before I can play with her though. Gotta get the Delta prepped for paint this weekend.

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Well I've got almost both sides of the GP in skim coat and sanded flat. Decided to work on the hood some more. Got the truck all set up to use as a press again and pressed the hood down 3/8". Let the weight sit on the hood for about 5min. When I released the with the hood sprang back up. Maybe 1/16th of an inch difference but that's arguable. My son and I set the hood back on the car anyways justa to look at it and see if maybe we could see any change. Nope, none. When taking the hood back off I noticed what looks like rub marks on the fresh epoxy primer (first 3 pics). So I sprayed the underside of the hood with black paint in that area, yeah I know flat black primer and gloss black marker paint. :lol: It's what I had handy. In the last picture you can see paint transfer from the hood to that part of the cowl or upper firewall or whatever the proper name for that spot on the car is. Also, after seeing these marks I check the driver's side, yup its rubbing on both sides. So, my thoughts are to tap it lip down and see if the back of the hood goes down any. If the hood is still warped I may justa need to locate another one as this one pops back up every time I flex it down.

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Thought the back was fine, so I went back to look at your pics.

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Back edge against the cowl looks perfect. Door gap is good. LIL high at the top.  I was thinking before maybe you should add a shim and raise the front.  What kind of shim material are you using to press the hood with the truck?  Know you were trying to use a 2X4.  If it pops back you need to go 1/4 in at a time farther.  Put something 1/4in under the middle of what you need to straighten. Continue to use the long 2x4 on top.  Justa go lil at a time at this point you have nothing to loose. Esp if you have an eye out for another hood.  Are you using the new hinges?

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Your 100% right Justa, the hood to cowl fit does look good. I hadn't thought about that. As far as adding a shim to raise the front, I have a 1/8" shim at the back corners of the fender to cowl. No shims at the 2 bolts going from the middle of the fender to the inner fender and 3  1/8" thick fender washers at the radiator support to raise the front. For the press set up its exactly the same except I switched to a short 2x4 instead of the long one. The one I used this time is about 18" long. I have those new or rather rebuilt hinges I justa bought but I have not installed them yet. I figured that without hinges the hood should lay flat. Am I wrong? Do the hinges actually pull down? Excuse the dirt and dust I've been doing a lot of sanding on her.IMG_3640.thumb.jpg.6b82b691c5d767cc624eaa988cd7e3c5.jpgIMG_3641.thumb.jpg.cbf66aebbd3bb26451bca868675d51ff.jpg

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try your new hinges mate!! you never know aye !!

 i recon i can see the bend in that hood!, like 4-5inches from the corner .

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Yeah bro, it justa won't flatten out and stay flat. I'll try the new hinges tomorrow and see what happens.

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1 hour ago, Wrongway said:

Yeah bro, it justa won't flatten out and stay flat. I'll try the new hinges tomorrow and see what happens.

Hmmmm , that won’t be the skin 

it will be the support 

Keep trying mate  it’s good steel. 
it will move 

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