Radiator support straightening

Radiator support straightening

Postby AstroOafAdventurer [OP] » March 7th 2021, 3:36pm

So I'm guessing the radiator support must have been bent slightly in my run in the other day
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But not much, only a .25" or so but enough to eff up the hood latch operation.
I installed a "new" hood and now have issues unlatching, after knocking the latch forward a bit to even get to latch.
Can someone give me a measurement from some point under hood to the back of the rad support?
Looking at the rad support nothing looks to be bent except for a little ding above the passenger side light in the link above, but maybe just a 1/4" wouldn't really be noticeable.
Aside from wanting the hood to open smoothly, I'd also like to address this while swapping grilles.
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Re: Radiator support straightening

Postby MI_Ghost » March 7th 2021, 3:49pm

Have you tried adjusting the hood at the hinges?
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Re: Radiator support straightening

Postby AstroOafAdventurer [OP] » March 7th 2021, 4:24pm

No, other than aligning it when I put the replacement hood on, but the the front and back edges are lined up about perfectly with the fenders.
I'll give this a try though, properly opening hood is more important than a body lines not meeting perfectly lol.
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Re: Radiator support straightening

Postby tungtide » March 7th 2021, 10:02pm

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Re: Radiator support straightening

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Re: Radiator support straightening

Postby dramey » March 8th 2021, 12:16am

Have you tried adjusting the hood stops mounted on the radiator support?
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Re: Radiator support straightening

Postby AstroOafAdventurer [OP] » March 11th 2021, 8:19pm

Sorry guys, I'm a tard! Initially before pounding the latch forward I saw there wasn't much front to back adjustment, looking at the hood today I see it has side to side adjustment! I moved it passenger side about .25 and now releases just fine.
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Re: Radiator support straightening

Postby AstroOafAdventurer [OP] » March 17th 2021, 10:58am

Minor update, after installing the SB headlights I was going in to add relays to switch between low beam & halo DRL and found the passenger side of the support is bent in a tad. And literally a tad.
I found this out when I tried to remove the washer fluid and coolant bottles, they don't come out now.
I'll look for someone I know with a come along and pull it back out, or buy a cheap one from HF. I don't know a lot of people these days...
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Re: Radiator support straightening

Postby The Drummer » March 17th 2021, 2:23pm

Not that i recomend this at all but ....., a big tree a big chain and gentle yanking goig in revers , just saying . a come alomg will work better i guess tho.
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Re: Radiator support straightening

Postby dcsleeper » March 17th 2021, 5:29pm

I've done this many times.
I actually yanked a Rabbit straight after it got rear ended. It had ruffles in the quarter panel and it even pulled them straight! You could'nt tell!!
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Re: Radiator support straightening

Postby AstroOafAdventurer [OP] » March 19th 2021, 4:52am

Yeah, I'd be afraid of using engine power. I'd probably over straighten it lol
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