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TR2/3/3A The chrome beading is rubbing on the hood


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The chrome beading is rubbing on the hood and I need to move it over about 3/16. My concern is if I file out the holes on the cowling how would I stop the paint from chipping so much it might show from under the hinge. One thought I had is to put tape on the edge of the hole and file the hole and the paint together. Any ideas are welcome.

Another thought I had was to bend the hood by hand by twisting that last little bit in the back over and curl it in some. I can move easily by hand, but it comes back, and I am afraid to much force might do damage. Anyways, my belief is these hoods warp over time because I have seen so many kinda spread out in the back where they meet the chrome beading, but I do not know. Heck I thought I had this stuff fit up before I painted it.



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It’s a beautiful fit...a shame it rubs. Maybe some vinyl tape on the trim to protect the bonnet paint, and then live with the rubbing? I’m afraid anything you do is going to harm the beautiful contours you have going.


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I had the same problem. You can try the hand bending by pulling both edges toward center simultaneously. I think I resorted to a clamp like a quik-grip.


STeve 1958

Jedi Hopeful
I put a strap around the hood and squeezed it with a wood block clamp. This method didn't damage the paint and pulled the back corners in nicely.


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Steve, did you use a band clamp with something under it? Or a large wood clamp, say 4 feet, and go from side to side with something on that to protect the paint?

STeve 1958

Jedi Hopeful
I used a long 3" wide nylon strap like you would see on lawn furniture. Tied a loop at each end and used a wood block clamp to pull the loops together. Those clamps aren't that strong but they have several inches of movement. It doesn't take a ton of force. I also put a rag under the strap at the high pressure points just in case it scratched.

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