First of all I’d like to thank everyone that responded. I felt a little silly asking such a simple question but the bottom line is y’all have far more experience with these cars than I do. I did put one shim under the bottom bolt of the hinge and that worked like magic. I did have to readjust the bump stop in that corner and slide the hood forward a pinch but now everything works just like it should....well almost lol. The good lines up great at the rear but it’s wide on one side along the fender and too tight on the other side. The radiator to chassis mounting holes are already slotted a little bit and the radiator support is already all the way over to that side. I believe I need to slacken the body bushings on the car and slide it towards the passenger side a little bit and then both sides will align up evenly like I want. I should be able to move the radiator cradle bolts back to the middle of the hole where they will have some adjustment again.
Glad the age old tip worked. Now for another. On the underside of the tail pan is the last body brace. On the driver side there is an oval hole about 1 foot in from the outside. This oval hole MUST line up with the 2 oval holes in the frame cross member. This is your factory rear body to frame alignment hole.
On the front of the body floor just on the flat before it heads upward on the firewall. There is 2 holes in the floor. One is the size of a quarter. The other is maybe a dime size. The one that is larger is the factory front body alignment hole. When the body was placed on the frame a man in the pit would place a rod through the transmission horn from the bottom and push it through the hole in the floor. Another man in the rear did the same on the oval hole. This ensured the body was in the frame both front to back and side to side.
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What causes the good to not fully lay down in the rear corner when the hood is closed? I have tried a different hinge and have fiddled quite a bit with the adjustment. The drivers rear corner is the only one giving me trouble. The other side works great. Once you close the hood you can push the corner the rest of the way closed with your finger without much resistance. It just won’t close all the way on its own. I have lubricated all the swivel points as well.
Have the same problem, new hinges the whole bit. So what do I do? Shut the hood, with slight of hand, casually reach over as I am going by to enter my
car and push the corner down. Works every time!!!!!!!!
Mikey, thanks for the info on the line up bar holes at the rear of the body and frame.
I guess all bets are off if the tail pan has been replaced though? Thinking about this, probably not, you just need to double check and make a final adjustment.
I've known about the hole in the driver side floor pan to the bellhousing mount bracket for a while. Being a modified car, I've removed the brackets except that I left a stub of the bracket that had that hole. I've had the body on and off the frame for mockups a couple of times and use that hole for a quick alignment. Works great!
Yes Mikey thanks for sharing that. Do you know off hand what size rod you need for the front ? My tailpan, trunk, and about everything on the rear has been replaced but having the front hole aligned would still be a help. Everything there has also been replaced though. Who knows how close I got it back to original spec as far as measurements are concerned.