[DML] Re: hood alignment?
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[DML] Re: hood alignment?

Bill - My car, Winged1, had a similar issue when I first got her.  
It now fits perfectly flush.  There are two main factors that I had 
to address.  The first was that the trunk latch was just mounted too 
high.  I slotted the holes on the mounting bracket so that the 
entire latch assembly could be moved down another 1/2 inch or so.  
This involved the holes in the mounting flanges on the black sheet 
metal bracket itself, as well as the holes in the latch assembly 
where it mounts to the black bracket.  I needed that much 
adjustment.  The second issue was that the seal was too thick and 
stiff.  The newer stock of seals might be softer to allow better 
compression, but I simply peeled the rubber seal off, and replaced 
it with self-adhesive foam seal that is used to seal under truck 
campers.  I have no leakage (and we live in Seattle), and the 
combination of the latch adjustement and the thinner seal has 
allowed me to get it perfect.  I hope this helps.

PS - Some people advocate putting shims under the front fender 
attachment flanges to raise the fenders up to match the trunk lid.  
This is okay as long as it doesn't create a mismatch between the 
fenders and the doors, both along the top edge, and along the side 
contours. I didn't take note of that factor in your car, but you can 
be the judge of that.

Toby Peterson VIN 2248 "Winged1"
DeLorean Parts Northwest, LLC

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Bill Koenig" <dmc06976@xxxx> wrote:
> hello everyone.
> the hood on my car doesn't sit flush with the front quarter panels,
> and its very tight when i close the hood.  what here needs 

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