Sunday, August 22, 2010
My Two Cents on Hood Alignment
After opening and closing the front hood a bunch of times to test fit the hood seal, the right rear hood height issue made itself known again, along with my acute annoyance. I let Jeremy at Motorworks know about the situation and he assured me that the problem could be resolved, but never really went in to detail on how. I decided to 'logic' my way through the issue and what you see is the hack I came up with. Literally, two pennies were used to model up a hinge shim to lower the right rear of the front hood. To be completely honest, I actually put the two pennies to the back side of the hinge initially, which raised the hood twice as high as it was. Either way, a wedge shaped shim will work well. This change also resulted in the need for a change to the front hood latch hook by using a hammer to reshape it a bit. For our Type 14 Karman Ghia friends, the hinge shimming would work similarly.
Jeremy at Motorworks Restorations has assured me that he will formalize my investment with a far less noticeable and far more presentable shim after I finish assembly and bring the craft back to them for final tweaks. In the meantime, two pennies saved are two pennies earned.