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The hood was laid down in place on the car and shims were used to get 3/16-inch gaps along the fender and cowl edges. The hood hinge was shaved to make a nice contact with the hinge plate and then tack-welded on. The hood was lifted up and down and all clearances were dead on. They then welded some gussets from the hinge to the flange plate to beef up the system to eliminate any flexing. Strength is first and beauty will come later.