Chevrolet Full-size Cars 1968-1978 Repair Guide

Hood

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Before removing the hood, mark the hinge locations for easier alignment upon installation



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Fig. Fig. 2 Remove the hood attaching bolts and, with an assistant, lift the hood from the vehicle

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Using a scratch awl, scribe the hinge onto the hood. If equipped with a hood light, disconnect the electrical connector.
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  3. Using an assistant to support the hood, remove the hinge-to-hood bolts. Remove the hood.
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  5. To install, reverse the removal procedures. Check the hood alignment with the hood latch.
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ALIGNMENT





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Fig. Fig. 3 The height of the hood assembly at the rear is adjusted by loosening the hinge-to-body bolts and moving the hood up or down



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Fig. Fig. 4 The base of the hood latch can be repositioned slightly to give more positive lock engagement



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Fig. Fig. 5 The hood pin (striker) can be adjusted for proper lock engagement



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Fig. Fig. 6 These rubber stoppers can be adjusted up or down to raise or lower the corners of the hood

When aligning the hood and the latch, align the hood (first), then the latch (second).

Hood

The hood hinge-to-body mount is slotted to provide forward and rearward movement. Adjust the hood so that it is flush with the body sheet metal.

  1. Using a scratch awl, scribe the hinge outline onto the hood.
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  3. Loosen the appropriate screws and shift the hood into proper alignment with the vehicles sheet metal.
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CAUTION
Make sure that the rear of the hood is properly positioned at the cowl seal; proper sealing will restrict fumes from the engine compartment from being pulled through the cowl vent.

  1. After adjustment, tighten the appropriate screws.
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Latch

The hood latch assembly is mounted on a plate with elongated holes, which allows vertical adjustment.

Striker

The striker, on the hood, adjusts laterally to align with the hood latch assembly.

 
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