Problems adjusting the hood on a 70 Camaro

Discussion in 'Body Restoration' started by James West, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. James West

    James West New Member

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    Dec 26, 2007
    Ft. Worth, TX
    I am in the process of restoring a 70 Camaro and currently having problems adjusting the hood.
    The hood is not the original one, but was purchased Used, and looks pretty straight.
    The best I have been able to adjust it, is with the hood fully latched and it's adjusted even with the front header panel and thus even with both fenders in the front.
    The problem is it is up above the fenders in the rear, approximately 3/8”on the left side and up about 3/16”on the right side.
    The hinges were originally adjusted on both sides, all the way up on the front bolts of the hinges to the fender mounts and all the way down, on the back bolts. This was done by holding the hood as high as it would go with the bolts loose and then tighten the bolts in that position.
    The strange thing is it is even on both sides with the fenders in the rear, when the hood is just resting on the hood latch, but not when it is pushed down and latched.
    When you push it down to latch it, it pops up in the back ?
    Does anyone know how to tweak it down in the back?
  2. Cardinal

    Cardinal Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Jun 22, 2003
    Endicott, NY
    Do a search here for "hood adjustment". I too had a heck of a time getting the hood to our 79 Berlinetta so sit right. I had to PB Blast them to get the pivot points to "loosen" up (the hinges were in good shape but just hadn't been lubricated). Once the hinges loosened up, I sprayed the pivot points with white lithium grease. Then the hood hinge adjustment proceedure began.

    Here are a few of the links from here that address hood alignment/adjustment:
  3. motorhead76

    motorhead76 Veteran Member

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    Oct 16, 2008
    Barely snug the rear bolts.Shut the hood then push down on the rear of the hood. Or try on the rear bolts take them all the way down and on the front bolts lift them up a little.This will pitch the hinges.I think that is what I had to do to get mine sitting right had the sma problem you had until I figured the above method out.:bowtie:
  4. earlysecond

    earlysecond Veteran Member

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    Aug 9, 2002
    Altoona, PA
    Sorry, I have the hood adustment procedure for GM's somewhere but cannot locate it.

    It was originally written about a Chevelle by a popular, to me at least, character from the interenet who goes by martin sr.

    See if I can find it with a quick google search. . .found it .

    Brian Martin has given me more advice, by proxy, that worked than most others have. He just does not know it!

    Check this link and FULLY read and digest the hood adjustment procedure laid out by Brian. I had to read it several times as it is counter intuitive!

    See where you get then ask more questions if you cannot get it. Mess with it. When you get it perfect, tighten the crap out of it. Ask me how I know.

    Good Luck,
  5. Steve's 74

    Steve's 74 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Dec 29, 2003
    Long Island, NY
    Listen to what Cardinal said.
    I spent hours upon hours trying to adjust my hood. It's the HINGE. )
    and had the same issue with the rear sitting too high. Finally I pulled the hinges off and repaired/lubricated them using this method (if I recall, I also had to drill out the rivet hole to accept the bushing)
    When I put it all back together the rear came down and everything aligned perfect.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2010

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