Hanging front end panels, best order of operation?

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  1. Ferg1031

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    Got rid of all the re-pop crap on my 78' for all original metal. My buddy and I did it with no real body panel hanging experience. Most things lined up ok, the hood however was done last and is being a pain. Is there a "best order of operation" to make such things easier? Or, any tips on getting a hood to sit right?
     
  2. badazz81z28

    badazz81z28 Veteran Member

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    Start with the panel that doesn't move....the 1/4. Align the door to that and then the front fender to the door. Hood last.

    Btw don't expect oem panels to have perfect gaps
     
  3. jbloake

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    Yes make sure bushings are good indoor hinges and door is aligned first
     
  4. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Post pics of how the hood fits.
    Also pics of where the door and fender meet the windshield pillars.
     
  5. Ferg1031

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    Cool. Will post pics tomorrow if I can. Doors meet the 1/4's fine. Fenders meet the doors fairly well. But I'll post pics for sure...
    Thanks!
     
  6. Ferg1031

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    Here's some pics of the drivers side.
     

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  7. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    The rear, bottom of the fender needs to be pushed inward to match the door better.
    It might require a shim at the bottom to slightly flatten the fender curve if the center still sticks out when you get the top and bottom aligned with the door and rocker.

    If the fender gets inward of the door edge... Don't open or close the door!
    The fender and door are a tight fit, a smooth transition between the two is the BEST you can get without interference.
    (Factory allowed the fender to be outward of the door just a touch.)

    The door/quarter and fender/nose look good on the driver's side.

    I can't see the hood alignment to give you any assistance there.
     
  8. Ferg1031

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    Here's the hood and passenger side. Sorry about the delay, been busy.
     

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  9. larrylarry

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    Does the hood latch/lock into place? Looks to me that the bumper cover is just a hair to far to the left. Might have to move the radiator support a little bit.
     
  10. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    It's hard to tell from this pic but it looks as though the top/front of the door may be "in" a little too much.
    The top edge of the door and the "A" pillar should be a smooth transition.
    A closer pic of how those pieces align would help.

    Unfortunately... You need to move the fender out a bit to allow the door to move outward.
    The fender movement is what you're really after... It will allow you a little more gap between the hood and fender.

    A bump to the left on the radiator support might be needed.
     

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