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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-03-2017, 13:28 Thread Starter
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Hood fitment...

I had a new hood fitted a month ago and on Sunday put it up for the first time.

At first I was a little disappointed in how it fits. I'm not so much now, I think maybe its not as bad as I first though, but I was expecting perfection!

My first question is around the fit at the Windscreen Header. I seem to have a gap on the drivers side and a 'lump' on the passenger side:

Drivers side


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Secondly, the fit to the drivers window seems reasonable, but on the passenger side, there seems to be a large gap between the hood rubber seal and the top of the glass.




Presumably this would need the window adjusting to tip 'in' at the top?


Another question, I'm not sure, but to my (inexperienced) eye, some of the seals like 'deformed' or squashed (couple of examples):





Should they look like this?


Finally, the hood is proper taught, which is good, but its taught with the hood adjusters at the front being at their shortest length. When the hood stretches, does this mean that I will have no adjustment to take the bagginess out of it?

I guess I don't know how well it should fit and I've not seen another one parked up to have a good look at since I've had it back from the trimmers so any thoughts would be welcome.

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I had a new hood fitted a month ago and on Sunday put it up for the first time.

At first I was a little disappointed in how it fits. I'm not so much now, I think maybe its not as bad as I first though, but I was expecting perfection!

My first question is around the fit at the Windscreen Header. I seem to have a gap on the drivers side and a 'lump' on the passenger side:

Drivers side


Passenger side



Secondly, the fit to the drivers window seems reasonable, but on the passenger side, there seems to be a large gap between the hood rubber seal and the top of the glass.




Presumably this would need the window adjusting to tip 'in' at the top?


Another question, I'm not sure, but to my (inexperienced) eye, some of the seals like 'deformed' or squashed (couple of examples):





Should they look like this?


Finally, the hood is proper taught, which is good, but its taught with the hood adjusters at the front being at their shortest length. When the hood stretches, does this mean that I will have no adjustment to take the bagginess out of it?

I guess I don't know how well it should fit and I've not seen another one parked up to have a good look at since I've had it back from the trimmers so any thoughts would be welcome.
No - it appears to be a very poor fit. My 18 yr old hood is near as damn it perfect and has been like this without adjustment for 18 years. As fitted yours will just leak like mad. You need to get it fixed.
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No - it appears to be a very poor fit. My 18 yr old hood is near as damn it perfect and has been like this without adjustment for 18 years. As fitted yours will just leak like mad. You need to get it fixed.
Agreed. Very poor job.
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It seems quite a poor fit BUT, even if mine is much better fit, I would say that is not as snugly as I would hope.

I mean: overall, the hood fittings for these car, is a bit amateur-ish.
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What should a good one look like? How poor is poor?

Has anyone got any pictures?

I got this one from MGFnTFBitz so thought it would be a good one.

Also once they are fitted, can they be corrected?
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Don't mix hood quality with a good fitment.

I don't have any picture handy, I'm sorry, but I'm sure someone will post one.

Probably google is your friend.
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Take it back and get them to adjust it.

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You can adjust and solve the poor fitting yourself... but if you paid someone for that privilege , then the responsibility is theirs, not yours..

It is possible to make all kinds of adjustments... it depends on the circumstance.. there is no solution that fits all.. each car has its own characteristic, its individual.

If your not electro mechanically apt, at problem solving and the use of unique and self found methods, then... this really is the wrong place to be... since you paid someone to do it.. you tell us that.. "I had a new hood fitted a month ago and on Sunday put it up for the first time."

if you have a new washing machine fitted by a washing machine fitter company, you paid, and the first time you use it... it doesnt work... who do you talk to?

Everyone who has a washing machine like yours? or the washing machine company you paid to fit it?



In truth the reason your hood doesnt fit properly isnt going to be solved by anyone - even me.. who dont know what was done to fit it... only the company you paid know that... you dont know.. so you cant tell us.. if you knew, you wouldnt be here..!



if you fitted it... and did it yourself. and it dont fit... then the question is valid.. " what have i done wrong?" and the first answer might be... "do you understand how to do it?"

i sense your reply would be " i paid someone else to do it"

end of story.

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...I mean: overall, the hood fittings for these car, is a bit amateur-ish.
You should have a look at MGB and even later RV8 hoods, the F hood is a masterpiece in comparison!

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Good afternoon,

I have another question regarding hood fitting...

Can somebody please take a picture of the line of rivets that run around the bottom rear of the hood from the inside of the car, and upload it on here so that I may see?

One of my rivets has now pulled out and I'm not sure the rivets that the guy used are long enough as they don't seem to really come all the way through to the inside of the car, which I assume they should?

I have read that 18mm long x 3.2mm wide rivets should be used. I cant quite tell but I think these rivets maybe closer to 12mm long.
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MIke, I am just going through exactly the same exercise. I tried using 12mm rivets this week and they are nowhere near long enough with all the layers. The head of the pin only just projects through so I can well believe the suggestion of 18mm rivets. The trouble I have is here in Spain locating hardware supplies is not that easy so I feel yet another mail order coming on!
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