The hood latch and rubber bumpers on each front corner are supposed to hold the hood even with the front fenders. If the rubber bumpers are not holding it up above the fenders, the tie bar that the latch plate mounts to, is probably bent upward. http://www.trifive.com/garage/57%20Chevy%20Assembly%20Manual/13-4.gif ...The tie bar should be straight from end to end. If it is bowed up in the middle like mine was, it will hold the hood up, and not allow it to line up with the fenders. The splash pan on mine was also bent in the middle and I had to straighten both, to allow the center spacer assy to fit.
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