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This is a discussion on Tru-Fiber fitment issues within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Hey guys, is there any tricks to manipulate the shape of a fiberglass hood? The left front corner near the ...

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    Tru-Fiber fitment issues

    Hey guys, is there any tricks to manipulate the shape of a fiberglass hood? The left front corner near the headlight sticks up about a 1/4 inch too far.(it's not the bump stop) The gaps are huge at the head lights but other than that it seems to fit fine. I guess I should have bought an OE but oh well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldcuffs View Post
    Hey guys, is there any tricks to manipulate the shape of a fiberglass hood? The left front corner near the headlight sticks up about a 1/4 inch too far.(it's not the bump stop) The gaps are huge at the head lights but other than that it seems to fit fine. I guess I should have bought an OE but oh well.
    Do you have the hood bolted to the hinges yet?? If so, take them out. First thing to do is lay the hood in there without anything attached. Make sure that you can get it to match the body lines before anything else. If it doesn't line up that way, you have trouble. I know that I had to ream out the holes where the hood bolts to the hinges to give me more adjustment. Just take your time and you will get it dialed in. And no, there is no way to "manipulate" the shape of the hood. I talked to a guy at Tru-Fiber and he said they are all pre-fit. Once I messed around with it, it actually fits very nice. Just remember, you have a lot of adjustment on the headlights and the tops of the fenders.

    Good luck.

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    ok, I'll give that a shot. Thank you.

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    piranhaz is right, our headlight covers have a lot of adjustment in the them; up, down, and side to side. . . that was the main alignment issue i had with my ws9 hood. be patient and itll line up fine

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    I don't think the headlight gaps will be a problem but the hood actually sticks up past the fender, I have to push it down with my hand and then it springs back up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldcuffs View Post
    I don't think the headlight gaps will be a problem but the hood actually sticks up past the fender, I have to push it down with my hand and then it springs back up.
    I had the same issue but on the passenger side, it just took some adjustment. Make sure you contact the company you bought it from ASAP if you can't get it to fit properly. Also take pics to show them.

    Has your car ever been in an accident???

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    Yes to the accident. I bought it wrecked. I think I got lined up pretty good.I had to drill the hinges and add some shims but it looks pretty good now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldcuffs View Post
    Yes to the accident. I bought it wrecked. I think I got lined up pretty good.I had to drill the hinges and add some shims but it looks pretty good now.
    Cool!! I had to drill out the hinges a little bit too, but no shims. Doesn't matter though, get it to fit nice and nobody will ever know!!!

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    This is my problem.







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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldcuffs View Post
    This is my problem.
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    Can you tell if the hood appears to be symmetrical?? If so, then I would have to believe it's the fender/radiator support that low at the front. Did you remove the bump stops completely?? Also, was the car hit on the drivers side? You said it was a builder, just wondering if they didn't get the drivers side pulled up far enough.

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    This is the before. The pics above are with the stops removed.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldcuffs View Post
    This is the before. The pics above are with the stops removed.
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    So it appears there was no frame damage. You might just have to loosen all bolts on the driver fender and possibly the bumper and just start tweeking. I wish there was an easier way.

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