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Still can't get this one right.  I have read all searchable articles and read all posts on this, but have not found any info pointing to which component is the problem.  Just finished two other 02's in the shop, and working on another- none except my own car has this problem - luckily!

 

When closing the hood, the side support arms hit when the hood is about 3" above closing.  No article, or know adjustment I have tried has solved this.  It hit before and after recent paint job.

 

There seems to be at least two varieties of hood supports and torsion bar assemblies. Perhaps a mismatch?

 

Open to suggestions that don't include " do a search" :)  thanks!

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A tip I learned the hard way myself.  The apron attachment is SLOTTED - slide the elbow-arm end FORWARD in the slot to raise the folded elbow-end.  Hopefully no more contact! :D

 

Tom

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Arm is upside down?

 

 

Edit** initial thought until I looked at mine.

 

Is it possible the support is binding up not letting the bolt slide correctly. The support mounted on the fender.

Edited by Huge2na

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12 minutes ago, Buckeye said:

Here are a couple pictures of my car. Interesting I don't see bent tab at pivot point.

Yeah, I saw that too - but didn't know if that's some 'early-style' hinge or not.  Without that extended bent tab-stop, how's the hood lock-in the elbow at it's most up position?

But that difference wouldn't have much effect on the elbow position (off the apron) closed.

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Hmmm, yeah-

Crazy, can you shoot us some more pics?

 

t

 

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The remodeled torsion bar end arrived mid '71. Maybe to stop the hood creaming the centre grill on the earlier models?

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Set a thin piece of Styrofoam at the point where the arm would touch the fender.  If the arm doesn't punch it, you are good to go.

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Does this post help?  I see in your picture that the mark is closer to the bolt.  In that case the bolt is way to far aft in the slot.  Usually the mistake is to have it too far forward, which creates a mark at the elbow.

 

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Thanks guys.  I have tried every adjustment of which I am aware, and no difference!   We are currently working on 4 other 02's at the shop, and I have inspected them all. 

 

The only variable I have not yet worked is the tension pre-load on the torsion bar.

 

Maybe the bar is not "holding up" the latch enough at the point of pre-closure (is that a word?) and it's hitting.   This might make sense because the hood is REALLY heavy to lift, and requires full effort to raise.  I've never had to pre-load a torsion bar before, but maybe this will be the first time.

 

As I recall assembly, there was little force exerted by the bar...hmmm.   perhaps a clue.

 

I will definitely followup on this so others don't have to suffer as well.

 

Dave

Edited by im3crazy
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2 hours ago, im3crazy said:

The only variable I have not yet worked is the tension pre-load on the torsion bar.

 

No way to change tension on the torsion bars.  If the end blocks on the bar are swapped the tension can be restored.  The blocks are zinc diecast and zinc alloy creeps under load.  You will see what I mean when you get them off.  At least the hood will stay up if the blocks are swapped.  If they have been swapped in the past then for $$ you can get new ones.

Another possibility is the hood is farther towards the windshield than it should be.  That moves the torsion bar and arms to the rear and the link attached to the fender cannot be moved enough to the rear in the bolt slot to keep the links from hitting the fender.

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Is there a possibility that the torsion bar was removed and put on reversed? The lower arms perhaps rotated 300* to the other side of the bent stop so that they look correct? 

I messed with mine and I'll need to move the hood forward and redo the arms location to keep them from hitting the fender and to keep the hood from hitting the wiper arms, but it is not super heavy to lift..

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