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replacing hood on 71 tips

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by bp71k5, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. bp71k5

    bp71k5 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    Hi,

    I was dumb enough to detach the hood on the truck to try and make it latch better and quit scratching the paint below the windshield. Now, the thing is way out of alignment. Anyone have any tips for getting this back straight? The back end seems to ride too high when it's closed, but you can press down on it and it'll go down to where it's supposed to be.

    Thanks,

    Brian
     
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    Ya mine kinda does that too.
    I tried losening the bolts to were they were still snug..then closed the hood and with my fist pound on the corners then slowly open it up enough to get to the bolts and tighten...close and repeat...Got mine fairly close this way...
    Good Luck
    Burt
     
  3. R77K10

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    you have to loosen up the bolts that hold the hinge assemblies to the fenders the rear-most two ones and pivot the back end of the hinges downwards a bit

    this will make the back of the hood shut down further


    been through this a billion times 67-72 owned a million and removed and replaced billions of these hoods, by myself, i do all my stuff alone

    its a balancing act but not that difficult

    good luck
     
  4. bp71k5

    bp71k5 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    Thanks for all the tips, I'll try 'em all.
     
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    I think I got it about as good as it'll get. Loosening the two rear screws seemed to do it. I also found that I wasn't able to get it down all the way until I fixed the gap between the hood and the body so it was a consistant 1/8 - 1/4 inch all the way around. Once I did that, it dropped down all the way. Maybe that'll help someone else.

    Thanks!
     
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    make sure your hood hinges are well lubed at the pivot points. when they are dry your hinges can bend and the hood might never sit right.
     
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    Yea, one of the hinges looks like the pins are really loose which makes it sloppier than the other one. Probably need to get some new hinges. Anyone ever used the repro ones? Are they any good?
     

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