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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Jan 10th, 01, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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My radiator support shifts from left to right about 1/2 inch. Is there any way to align it? Would replacing the bushings help?I'm going to be replacing my front fenders soon and I know if the support is off center then the fenders won't line up. Please help.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 01, 03:51 PM
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Just replacd my radiator support in my 68. The mounts at the bottom of the radiator support are bolted to the frame and torqued to 35 ft/lbs - so about the only way it could move that much would be if the mount hole on the radiator support is not rotted out or the rubber in the mount is disintegrated (like mine). You can inspect the one on the driver side easily, but the passenger side mount will be under your battery tray. Keep in mind that if you find bad mounts in the front there are four more that probably need replacing as well. As for fender alignment I can't help much there . . . Good luck
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Jan 13th, 01, 09:38 AM
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The radiator support attachment to the frame is designed to be shifted laterally in order to be able to create a perfectly square opening for the hood. Just leave the two mounts (with new cushions) and all the fender and inner fender-to-rad support bolts loose, and shift the rad support laterally until the hood gaps are parallel on each side, then tighten the rad support-to-frame mounts first, then the rest of the fender and inner fender-to-rad support bolts. The lower rad support-to-frame bolts need to be TIGHT - if they're loose (as yours apparently are), you'll lose your hood opening alignment.

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