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    I will be starting some body work on a few vehicles...they all have their own problems.
    Looking for some advice when aligning panels.
    Where do you start?
    I have to replace a couple doors.
    The same car has a fiberglass hood that doesn't fit perfect.
    It fits perfect front to back,but is raised in the back half on both sides to the windshield...where it meets the front fenders.
    Do I raise the fenders to meet the hood? or adjust the bumpers to lower the hood?
    The original hood fit well,but is rusted badly...Maybe I should should just refinish the original?
    Another vehicle is in primer and straight,but the door gaps are incorrect.
    The doors close perfectly,but rub the back window glass,and the fender gaps are large.
    Do I adjust the door or fender first?
    If you body guys were starting with a car with all new panels..where would you start?
    Thanks so much.

  • #2
    Re: Aligning body panels

    back hings bolts too lower hood
    loosen them too snug then adjust panels
    i started with fenders, doors and then hood but i think it is mostly a trial and error thing unless you are useing original panels that were marked before removing them

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    Joe '76 Trans Am

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    • #3
      Re: Aligning body panels

      First being it's a fiberglass hood make sure the hinge springs are for a fiberglass hood and not the stock ones for a steel hood. And it's possible that the hinges are wore out causing them to spring. There's a hood hinge repair thread here that will help with that. Always start with the doors concentrate on the door to quarter and door to rocker alignment. Once that is good then worry about the fenders then the hood.

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      • #4
        What Chuck said. No point in aligning fenders first if you're gonna have to work the doors as well since that will screw up the gaps you set at the fender to door. Start at the back, work to the front.
        I'm the Rick in prick.

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        • #5
          Re: Aligning body panels

          http://hardcorepontiacs.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8547

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          • #6
            Re: Aligning body panels

            Originally posted by poncho1961 View Post
            What Chuck said. No point in aligning fenders first if you're gonna have to work the doors as well since that will screw up the gaps you set at the fender to door. Start at the back, work to the front.
            you saying im backwards??? lol

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            Joe '76 Trans Am

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            • #7
              Yeah, but that has nothing to do with the way you align panels. LOL
              I'm the Rick in prick.

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              • #8
                Re: Aligning body panels

                ****in squirrel lol

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                Joe '76 Trans Am

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                • #9
                  I had a bitch of a time aligning mine, ( even considering i went out of order), but i found out the body bushings were worn out pretty bad.
                  Once new bushings were installed, the panels lined up
                  just something to consider for others reading this
                  Joe '76 Trans Am

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