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Fixing a hood that won't stay flush

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Tip: I’ve been building models for more than 40 years, and recently went on a 1/8 scale buying spree. After opening my 1985 IROC Camaro, I noticed the hood would not stay flush. The right front corner would be raised about 1⁄16 inch. Pushing down on it only raised the left rear.

After heating with hot water, careful bending, and ultimately cracking (and fixing) the hood, it still didn’t lay flat. Then the it hit me to try tiny magnets.

I ended up cutting up an old phone case, trimming the magnets small enough to fit in the right front and left rear fender jambs, and the same spots under the hood. It was tedious work, but now the hood will stay flat!
After assembly and paint, they won’t be noticeable.

I’m going to use this method with the detachable T-tops on the 1979 TA I also bought. I hope this can help someone else; it really saved the day for me.

Mike Barros
via E-mail

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