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69-er

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Matching Hood and Fender Contours
« on: January 15, 2013, 05:03:22 PM »
I've been rereading John Hinkley's report on the Camaro assembly process.  I noticed that he says the fender inner braces/reinforcements were welded to the skin in a fixture to match the hood contour.

Would this be a good way to match the hood and fender contours of repro pieces?  Last time I did this was to bang, pry, jump, etc, on the hood to match the fenders.  Worked out pretty good in the end but I wonder if breaking the spotwelds on the inner braces/fenders to align them to the hood instead of vice versa would be easier.

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Re: Matching Hood and Fender Contours
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2013, 07:34:22 PM »
I think it would be an excellent idea. A friend of mine broke the welds on a repop fender and it was a total different ballgame to work with. Saves time and tempers in the long run.
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Re: Matching Hood and Fender Contours
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2013, 08:49:50 PM »
Most or us body guys will just re bow  the hood to match the fenders . I find that most nos fenders do not have the curve that the orig hood and  fenders had