My grandpa has a few cars that he is restoring and that have been restored. He has a 1970 triumph spitfire, 1966 mg midget, 1933 american austin, morris travelall, mgb. He has taught me a lot! I am still learning how to weld. I know how to do spread bondo. I have restored a Kohler k241 with his help. The Gt is going to his house because I don't have the room or the tools to work on it. My grandpa and I just want to get it cleaned up and driving. Where do you find FSM at?
It can be done by removing the front bumper & grill. You don’t need to remove the engine or anything radical like that. Here’s the thread with a great repair solution that I followed. Once again another repair solution posted on this awesome site!
When I open the hood, all the weigh appears to be on the left hand hinge. The hood woobles and I know something is loose. The Right hand hinge/bracket flops around but I don't know how it is attached. Can I get some suggestions on how to repair this problem or do all GT hoods open this way??
Pictures are a very good idea. I wish I had more of the damage/tear area, I’d post them to be more helpful. Chances are very high that yours is the common problem that the majority of the posts have, due to no lubrication on the pivoting areas. Be sure to address the other side that hasn’t torn if it’s repairable. Once you get in there and see how long you will need to make the bracket that’s the biggest challenge (making the bracket) Just be sure everything is lined up properly. I made the template for the bracket as Bill suggested from a cereal box
Here’s a picture of the bracket installed
As you can see I used both rivets and a screw where I couldn’t fit the rivet gun. To fabricate the bracket I got a piece of angled metal, Home Depot may have something in the building materials section. To shape it I used a metal grinding/cutting wheel with my 4 1/2” portable grinder with the bracket clamped in the bench vise. The biggest challenge after that is lining up the hinge assembly, getting your hands in there etc. a little ingenuity and it’s in. The assembly was an hour give or take.
Yes on the riveting, that information was in the earlier posts to your thread. BTW I found the repair much easier from the front I did have the radiator, engine, transmission out. In fact I waited to do the repair until I removed the engine. I found it nearly impossible to do the repair from behind. Now other people may have different approaches that was just my experience. I had enough of the torn metal piece to make the template to accurately mark the hole. HTH
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