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dubstar
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From: Long Beach, Ca 1966 A-Code Coupe
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posted 12-13-2002 10:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dubstar   Click Here to Email dubstar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i got it on, but it rides too high near the cowl.. do i need to drill new holes and move it down, or is there something i can do thats cheap to make this fit correctly?

thanks in advance.
-Alan & Dubstar

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steve'66
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posted 12-13-2002 10:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You took the springs off right?

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dubstar
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From: Long Beach, Ca 1966 A-Code Coupe
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posted 12-14-2002 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dubstar   Click Here to Email dubstar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i replaced the springs with lighter tention springs,...

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bifs66
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posted 12-14-2002 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bifs66   Click Here to Email bifs66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Often, Mustang hoods that sit too high at the cowl area can be lowered, but it seems to defy logic in how it is done. As I remember, you draw one (which one??) of the side hood hinge bolts up semi-snug on each side, leaving the others somewhat loose. Then you raise the hood (carefully of course) until the hinges are fully extended upward. Then raise it a little further (with a little pressure to overcome the tension of the one (on each side) snugged bolt). It will tend to rotate around the bolt. It don't take much movement. Then snug the bolt so the hinge can't move anymore, and lower the hood slowly to see what has happened. This method will generally lower the cowl side of the hood, but obviuosly, you must play with it to get it where you want it. It seems that merely locating the hinges a low as the bolts will allow does not work. You may also check the thickness of the fiberglass to see that the rubber gasket across the cowl will allow the hood to sit down flush regardless of the hinges.

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mellowyellow
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posted 12-15-2002 07:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another advantage to putting the engine in AFTER painting. Fitting a hood is much easier when someone can crouch in the cmpt and adjust. Be prepared to buy the best drill bits you can, because slotting the holes on the hinge can buy you some adjustment.

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rm302 boss
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posted 12-15-2002 12:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rm302 boss   Click Here to Email rm302 boss     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A carbite cutter on a die grinder works the best....it will save you some time and it will look better. Just buy a face shild and wear gloves!!! that cuter maks short work of metal and even shorter work of skin!

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