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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-06-2019, 05:19 AM Thread Starter
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Fender-Hood alignment (battery side)

Before I go at it again...

Does the hidden bolt/screw, inside the fender, leading edge, near the 'rod' thingy, have any slop in it for adjustment?

I need the fender leading edge to come out about 1/4" to be aligned with the hood.

Loosened all the top screws, the screws in the fender well, and the fender will still not move enough.
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No idea what a "rod thingy" is. ??

It's pretty easy to adjust the support a bit if you only need 1/4". Most of the panel bolts are either slotted or the supporting structure is formable.

Aligning the hood and fenders is a pain in the posterior. If the fender needs to come out, consider whether the hood might need to come "in." Check alignment with the other fender, doors and bumper cover. Make sure the height on both sides, when latched, is the same (look at the top of the hood relative to the adjacent top, horizontal portion of the door). Remember that the hood moves forward as it closes, not just down.

Typically, with this issue - fender tucks in under the hood - it's because the hood was removed and is not correctly aligned. Or, you were one of of us unlucky folk that removed the fender to change the battery, and found that it didn't go back together quite as easily as one might hope.

Someone will no doubt point you to the PDF here on the forum describing body panel adjustments. I have found that document to be a complete waste of time.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-08-2019, 08:26 AM
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Raygun is right. The PDF does not tell you how to adjust the right side panel at all. there is a 10mm nut under the top forward edge of the panel which connects that diagonal rod to the fender. It will allow a little adjustment. there is also one at the bottom of that rod which will allow some adjustment. Just about anywhere on the car where you find a nut with a thick fender washer under it, there will be some adjustment there. If the hood lines up with the doors on both sides, and lines up with the front fascia, and lines up with the fender on the left side, the hood is probably OK. If all else fails, take the fender off. Easy to do. a few 7mm screws in the top, a couple of 10mm bolts under the bottom, and one bolt that you have to get to by opening the door partway and going in with a long extension between the door and the body. Once the sheet metal is off, grab that whole support structure, diagonal rod and all, at the upper front corner and give it a good yank outward. That doesn't sound very technical but it will solve the problem. The reason for removing the sheet metal is to avoid bending it.

Sometimes gorilla tactics do work. Like murphy's law states " if it still won't move, your hammer is too small."

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