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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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Questions on body cowl support

I have a few questions. I'm working on the hood alignment and seam gap.
I have the hood aligned properly. The latches are on. The hood alignment pins are in place and that is all setup really nice. The hood to body gap is looking pretty good too.

When the hood sits down on the body cowl, it tends to push the cowl down. What did all of you do to support the cowl?

1) Did you use thick dense foam on the top of frame that's below the cowl to support it?

2) Did you build some L brackets to come up under the rubber bumpers that the hood sits down on?

3) How did you seal the cowl area back to the upper fire wall/ frame area?

4) Lastly, on the Rear hatch area, did you put foam between the frame and the body or sit the body directly on the framing and use caulk to seal it?


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 06:48 PM
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How much of the body is attached now? We put bulb seal on the firewall seal and foam seal on the tubing around the hatch. Then dropped the body on. Attached the body at the rocker panels and lower mounts. Next up was fitting the windshield which needed shimming at the mount behind the rearview mirror. Then we moved to the back and hung the rear hatch. After adjusting the body to fit the hatch glass we shimmed and screwed the body to the chassis behind the taillights and top-center of the glass. The elephant ears didn't fit well so we made new ones, pulling the bulb seal on as we installed them. Then we moved to the hood. We used the D-shaped weather stripping all the way around. Our hood wouldn't close against the cowl and we decided to cut it above the pontoon, shorten the sides and re glass it. Yours sounds the opposite and may need material added at the pontoon. Sorry if I got long winded, but I don't think you could skip a step and be safe. And FWIW, I'm a carpenter.

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Thanks Glen.

One question: what are the Elephant Ears that you made new ones?


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Oh, I think I know, I was thinking about the back of the car. The elephant ears are the aluminum pieces that fill in the fire wall outside of the foot boxes right? I had to remake those too.

I already cut my hood above the pontoons and fixed that. Mine was too long also. Did you put any supports below where you installed your rubber bumpers where the hood sits on top of the cowl lip??


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You are right about the elephant ears. We did not put any extra supports under the cowl. We do have the "D-shaped" weather stripping on the pontoon and all the way around the cowl. Many others have used the bumpers on the cowl to help contour the hood, but ours is fine(to us). We may have sealed in the heat, but tried to seal out water. HTH

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