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BillOhio

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Latch causing back of hood to move to side?
« on: July 06, 2016, 11:05:07 PM »
I got my hood on today and it doesn't fit too bad and the stripes line up until the hood is latched and you can see the rear of the hood move toward the side enough, the stripes are off in the back. I messed with the Latch some and about all that moved was the front. Anyone have any ideas?
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Re: Latch causing back of hood to move to side?
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2016, 11:14:50 PM »
I'd say too much play in the hinge pivot pins. They get sloppy - actually can move around a lot, especially if they are originals and have cycled for 40 + years with minimal lubrication.

Unfortunately, the days of cheap GM hinges are over. I'm not sure of the repro quality - you could always have the originals rebuilt, or buy GM (and get ready with your wallet).

Make sure your hood side bumpers are in good shape as well - they should wedge the hood slightly when closed, keeping it centered.

A tip I learned a long time ago - leave your hood up when garaged, Keeps the springs compressed -

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Re: Latch causing back of hood to move to side?
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2016, 07:21:45 PM »
I'd say too much play in the hinge pivot pins. They get sloppy - actually can move around a lot, especially if they are originals and have cycled for 40 + years with minimal lubrication.

Unfortunately, the days of cheap GM hinges are over. I'm not sure of the repro quality - you could always have the originals rebuilt, or buy GM (and get ready with your wallet).

Make sure your hood side bumpers are in good shape as well - they should wedge the hood slightly when closed, keeping it centered.

A tip I learned a long time ago - leave your hood up when garaged, Keeps the springs compressed -

Regards,
Steve

X2, Especially on the side bumpers. Also good tip on keeping the springs in shape by leaving the hood up.
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Re: Latch causing back of hood to move to side?
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2016, 07:24:02 PM »
 How many times I have seen a Camaro owner close the hood then lean on either rear corner to push it down further due to worn pins.

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