Awesome work Mike. Take a deep breath and make another push to get it to the next stage. WTG Bro
Not fair..but at least I am going out tomorrow in my friends brand new 32' World cat..twin 300s, radar,autopilot all the goodies..should be a good test of it with the SE wind thats predicted in the GulfGood to see you are back to work on the convertible. I am going fishing this weekend. :smile2:
Can't remember the last time I caught..or ATE some crappie! And yes, I thought about cutting the bracing but was concerned about loosing the profile of the hood., also I though (incorrectly) that I could get what I needed pushing the skin down with the spot welds loose...Going to have to try again...like most things on this heap!Maybe the inner frame on your hood is doing its job. Even though the spot welds are drilled out, it is still preventing you from being able to push the metal down further.
I would make a relief cut in the part of the hood and frame that bends down. This is the area where you drilled out the spot welds. This might allow the frame to bend a little and flatten the hood. Once it is bent correctly, just weld up the cut. I think you will have access to both sides of the cut. The weld will disappear with grinding.
While you will be thinking about your hood, getting burned, and bloody, I will be catching the slabs. Sac-O-Lait, Crappie, White Perch. >
Thanks Ryan..Yea, wish I was closer, that would be a bit of a drive!..I've actually got it looking a better by slicing the frame and standing on it. .Sounds like a hack job, but otherwise the hood is a $350 piece of junk. Even with the bracing cut, its still very hard to flex it noticably. I have it close now but it sure is requiring a bunch of extra work.If you weren't so far away I would let you try my factory SS hood I picked up a while ago. I won't be using it on my car, so it will just be sitting in my storage shed.
Good question. I don't know. Maybe someone else can give you and answer. I Googled different Camaro/Firebird hoses. The results are interesting.Thanks so much Patrick..the pics did the trick..Just to confirm though, the straight hose connector goes into the bottom of the ram...90 degree one for the top, correct?
Good question. I don't know. Maybe someone else can give you and answer. I Googled different Camaro/Firebird hoses. The results are interesting.
Some reproduction hoses have a straight fitting and a 90 degree fitting on one hose. (classic industries)
Other reproduction hoses have two 90 degree fittings. (ames performance, ricks camaros)
I seen one hose set that had two 90s on one hose and two straights on the other hose. (ebay)
My original hose looks like it had two 45 degree fittings on one hose.
My new hose has two 90s (ames).
If you got a straight end, don't kink the tubing. You might have to route it so the hose has a gradual bend. The bottom of the hydraulic cylinders move
as the top is raised and lowered. That is why GM did not use rigid brake lines. Instead, they had to use flexible lines. The pump uses inverted flare 1/2x20 fitting. The cylinders use 7/16x24 brake line fitting. You might need to purchase an adapter?
If you got two straights on one hose, consider fastening the cylinder so that the fitting next to the piston points down. This fitting does not move too much at the pivot point and having it point down would require a smaller radius loop.