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    The side panels on my hood are twisted as shown in the photos. I can only presume they are repops since there is no rust, dents or dings. If tackled incorrectly I expect the corrective action will only make it worse. How do I straighten them out ?
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  • #2
    How do they fit on the car? I am not too sure that I would be overly worried, IF they fit well with good gaps at cowl and rad. After all the important part is when assembled. Do a test fit before going too far. Good luck. Jim.


    • #3
      When I took my side panels off the middle section the side panels have a twist to them ! The radiator shell is narrower than the cowl.


      • #4
        Side panels will give you a little flex. Once installed, the cowl and rad shell will give it back support..I have a repo hood that flexes a decent amount, until it is laid on. Like Jim said try it, I think you might be ok.
        3~ Tudor's & 1~ Coupe
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        "It's all nuts and bolts"
        "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

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        • #5
          When you install them on the hood top they should straighten out some. As stated earlier you won't know what you have to do until you get them on the car. But they look like the ones I have worked with in the past.

          I do know you will have to do some bending on the back edge to get the hood to match the curve of the cowl, in any case you don't want to do that until the hood is mounted with the cowl and radiator shell....and before you paint it.


          "Growing old is not for sissies" -Jimmy Buffett


          • #6
            Reproduction '30-31 panels are flat and don't fit nicely. Originals have a twist and the louvers have a curve that increases toward the rear. When you force a reproduction hood closed to latch it, the rear louver gap closes near the center. Original louver gaps are all perfect top to bottom, front to rear.


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