Vette(s): 1973 L82 4 Speed Coupe - Very original, well documented driver/survivor. 2016 Bend Regional NCRS Top Flight.
Hey Gary, no particular tips on hood replacement other than “slow and easy”. Marking the placement of the previous hinges is a good place to start and I have always mounted the hinges to the inner fenders prior to installing the hood. When you’ve got it bolted up close, lower the hood carefully to make sure the front tip of the hood clears the surround up by the headlights. Once you’re close it just a matter of small adjustments to get the gaps straight and even. Good luck !!
Vette(s): 1974 Coupe 358ci 4 speed
Black w/Medium Saddle interior w/79 custom leather seats. .
1999 Covertible, 6 speed, Atomic orange, Oak interior
May be too late now but I always mark outline of hinge onto the hood so the hinges are very close to where they should be when hood is reinstalled. If hood is already off maybe you can see marks on the hood from old hinges and get as close to that as possible.
Vette(s): 1977 Coupe (White), 1982 Coupe (Silver), 2006 Convertible (Victory Red). NCM Life Member #2221.
While you are in the middle of looking for a more permanent fix, be looking around for your hinge replacement from known Corvette junkyards.
I would not be surprised that your new replacement hinge was of a cheap Asian knockoff. I had the same thing happen with my Corvette mechanic, on my '82. Cheap hinge and cheap hood release (Asian) cable...both replaced back with the originals until I could find a donor car.
Try these guys:
16541 US 301
Dade City FL 33523
I have names and addresses of other Corvette junkyards if you want some. Can't guarantee the accuracy of the phone numbers however.
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