Hello All,  so I finally got Mable back and so far so good, but this hood issue has got me baffled along with several body shops and mechanics.  The hinges themselves are good and solid and no play in the joints, the bracket that attaches to the firewall is at it's lowest point so I guess my next option is to take the hinge out and oblong the holes more so I can lower it down further on the firewall.  Any other suggestions?  I am just trying to figure out what has caused this rising of the hood in just that one corner.  Thanks in advance for any feedback, Craig

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Comment by Anders on July 31, 2017 at 2:17pm
Well, I believe in telling about mistakes so others can avoid same stupid stuff. Thats also why I take a lot of pictures.
Comment by Kevin Campbell on July 31, 2017 at 1:41pm

Good work o the hinge adjustment Anders. When I saw the last pic, i thought oh shit, went straight back to the first pic before reading the text. That's a real shame about the chips mate.

A little bit of white paint and a fine artist brush and most people will never see it. The paint looks good for 53 years and I reckon is better than mine for the same age.

I'm getting inspired to have a go at doing mine, as the R/H back corner of mine sits up a bit.

Comment by Jason Edge on July 31, 2017 at 9:57am

I always flank the front top of my cowl with heavy towels when I have worked on moving the hood around. Most of my chips, scrapes etc have been the random incidents of just not paying attention when doing something else... like smacking the LH fender top with the end of my impact hose fitting... which ended up starting the complete repaint process! LOL.

Comment by Anders on July 31, 2017 at 7:47am

I had the same problem, so decided to follow the advise in this thread. Taking some picture along the way.

Fitted some washers as suggested:

After that very easy to remove the spring:

Loosened the four bolts, marked with yellow arrows. Hood dropped down a bit at rear part of the hinge and up in front part by it self. Found out it was sufficient:

After that it was to adjust the hood a bit forward and sideways placing it correctly on the hinges (had to use a clamp):

Had to do this a few times to get it right, but then it was done:

Unfortunately I did scratch a little bit on the paint. Didn't protect as I should have done. Its not much damage, but I will always see it. I guess I just have to call it patina...

Car is original color. So not repainted. There are a few scratches here and there. Not much but still visible. One day I might have the car repainted. But not planning on it within the next few years. Patina on a 53 year old car is what to expect anyways.

Comment by Robert Collier on June 26, 2015 at 3:58pm

I am having the same issue, I had my hinges chromed and i can not lower the back of the hood. Just a question, if the rivets are bad then why can't you push on the back of the hood and push it down?

I have spent countless hours trying to adjust the hood, next step is to notch the back bracket, to get the hood down.


Comment by Russ Austin on July 22, 2014 at 9:56pm

I have the rivets.  Shoot me an email at  russ85747@hotmail.com

Comment by Jim Smits on July 22, 2014 at 8:39pm

Having the same exact issue onmy '63. Who knows where I can get rivets?

Comment by David Thomas on December 6, 2013 at 9:02pm

Several years back I bought a set of good used hinges from Jason, because my original hinge pair were worn. I cleaned and painted them, put them on the car. To adjust them so the hood would lay down at the cowl I used a long stick to hold the hood up tight against the hinges, then I loosened the fender bolts for the hinge and the cowl hinge bracket attaching bolts, all of them. I made sure the hood was pushed up tight with the stick, then tightened all the attachment bolts. This worked well for me, now my hood lays down like it's supposed to.

HTH, David

Comment by Dan on December 6, 2013 at 4:53pm

Thats an easy fix. Find a helper......open the hood......loosen the hinge bolts on the  fenders then have the helper stand in front and push up on the hood....while you tighten the hinge bolts. Then close the hood and see if you need to do it again. Repeat as necessary.

Comment by Mike Wilkes on December 6, 2013 at 2:04pm

I sent many hours and several different sets of hinges trying to solve this very problem. I ended up with it sticking up about a half inch on each side. I can push it down so that's where I gave up for now. I can't see the factory spending this much time on them and they weren't like this from the factory.


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