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Old 05-16-2018, 11:01 AM   #1
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Is it possible to repair a slightly bowed (but not creased) hood?

I have a 76 245 Iím restoring which had some seized hold hinges that lead to a slight curvature on both sides of the good. Is this repairable, or do I have to track down a new hood?
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Old 05-16-2018, 12:22 PM   #2
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typically, its very difficult to get the bow completely out. That said, flat hoods are hard to come by these days. I'd try to get the bow out and at the same time keep an eye out for a replacement hood.
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Old 05-16-2018, 01:38 PM   #3
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Close the hood, wrap a 2 x 4 in a towel, place over bowed section and whack it down with a BFH. Do it evenly on both sides. It does work and does help. May not get completely flat but flat enough Note yo're just hitting the top edge ( the hard part of hood) near the edge of the fender, where the gap is. Hope that is a clear enough description.
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Old 05-16-2018, 01:46 PM   #4
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Close the hood, wrap a 2 x 4 in a towel, place over bowed section and whack it down with a BFH. Do it evenly on both sides. It does work and does help. May not get completely flat but flat enough Note yo're just hitting the top edge ( the hard part of hood) near the edge of the fender, where the gap is. Hope that is a clear enough description.
Thank you for the tip!
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Old 05-16-2018, 01:57 PM   #5
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Carefully press it down. Don't be beating on it with a hammer. Don't just close the hood. Put blocks of wood on the top of the core support at the sides that are wrapped in towels to protect the paint. You are trying to get the bottom "shell" to stretch back out, not push the upper bow back down. If done properly, you can make it look like it never happened.
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Old 05-16-2018, 02:44 PM   #6
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:46 PM   #7
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Have a 740/940 driver sit on it
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:37 PM   #8
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Carefully press it down. Don't be beating on it with a hammer. Don't just close the hood. Put blocks of wood on the top of the core support at the sides that are wrapped in towels to protect the paint. You are trying to get the bottom "shell" to stretch back out, not push the upper bow back down. If done properly, you can make it look like it never happened.
This is troof. Especially the part about use no hammers. If you find that you can't move it enough by hand, put a ladder next to the fender, climb up and carefully step on the bowed part of the hood, just enough. Check and repeat if necessary.
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:40 PM   #9
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Shipping tho RWC... seems challenging. Or you gonna bolt it to your whip and then drive home without a hood?
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:02 PM   #10
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They usually don't bend in the exact middle, just along the outter edge. I've seen a few body guys get them reasonably flat using the 2 x 4 method I described.
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Old 05-17-2018, 11:31 PM   #11
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Shipping tho RWC... seems challenging. Or you gonna bolt it to your whip and then drive home without a hood?
Generally they ride on the roof rack or in the back of the Toyota pickup.

It's barely possible to get one in the back of a 245 with two people as long as it doesn't have the chrome strip, but much danger to the interior wheel arch covering.
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