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Old 08-08-2019, 06:14 PM
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Couldn't get that last case of shine in without buckling the lid
Could be!

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Mother-in-law maybe?
Don't get me started.

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Old 08-08-2019, 06:18 PM
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my guess is whatever hit the center was placed in crooked and bent the hinge too.


nice fix!
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Old 08-08-2019, 09:51 PM
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Thanks, joedoh.

Here's another theory: We have the original (mechanical) lid supports and one doesn't function at all. The lid is long and heavy, so I can imagine, the lack of support (over time) could overload the hinge repeatedly and "work" the hinge to deformity.

Detective work aside, I really don't care how or why the hinge is bent. We'll do whatever it takes to make the lid fit perfectly...

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Old 08-10-2019, 10:55 PM
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Some progress on the lid today...

We ironed out all of the "one more case of whiskey" wrinkles inside. The photo below is is just the start, but trust me, we pulled, hammered and dollied every bent lip we could find...



With the inner structure fairly straightened, we addressed the deformed hinge.

Both hinges, side by each...



One of these things is not like the other! The left hinge needs to match the right, so we need to "shrink" the left hinge.

We don't have a hinge shrinker, so we made a skinny little relief cut in effort to shorten the inside radius...



That worked as we hoped it would...



I welded the relief cut, we installed the hinges and bolted the lid back on to the car... success! The lid fits flush, or a touch under flush. It used to stand 1/4" - 5/16" high, so we're happy!



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Old 08-10-2019, 10:58 PM
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Old 08-10-2019, 11:58 PM
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What is the style y'all are going for with this one Doc? You know these Chevy coupes make awesome taildraggers right? 🤞
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Old 08-11-2019, 12:25 AM
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Nice work, A-Doc and B-Doc. Looks great!
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Old 08-11-2019, 12:41 AM
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nice work Doc. I`m always amazed by how much a panel changes by removing a bunch of small dings and wrinkles.
Good thing you cut the hinge... never ever let the iron win...

carry on...
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Old 08-11-2019, 05:49 AM
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Fits great now.
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Old 08-11-2019, 07:14 AM
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Great job Doc...



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