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christophe
10-14-2011, 04:48 AM
Hi folks,

I've experienced some troubles with my hood (63 GT Six). It looks like the dovetail is too short as the hood is getting too far down when closing and hurts the side mouldings. Of course, the dovetail is set at its full length.
Could anyone measure the length of the right part and tell me what it should be.
Thanks by advance and have a nice week-end.

jimmijim8
10-14-2011, 07:54 AM
What is a dove tail on a GT?. cheers jimmijim

bezhawk
10-14-2011, 08:16 AM
It should be long enough to put a gash in your forehead!;)
There should be rubber bumpers that the corners of the hood hits (mounted on the upper valence).
GT Hawks are thicker than earlier hawks.

christophe
10-14-2011, 09:24 AM
What is a dove tail on a GT?. cheers jimmijim

I used this word as Studebaker used it in the parts catalog. What is the most common name for the male part of the hood lock in the U.S. ? In french, dove tail means "queue d'aronde" or swallow tail. I suppose that's one reason more for a hawk hood to fly open.


It should be long enough to put a gash in your forehead!;)
There should be rubber bumpers that the corners of the hood hits (mounted on the upper valence).
GT Hawks are thicker than earlier hawks.

I also thought the problem came from the rubbers. I ordered new ones from SI, but the height is the same. I may use some additional shims there but, in that case, the dovetail would be definitely too short. That's why I'm trying to check this point.

RadioRoy
10-20-2011, 06:39 PM
If I understand correctly what you are calling a dovetail, it can be screwed in or out of it's mounting hole. Loosen the nut and put a screwdriver into the notch at the point of the cone, and unscrew it to make it longer. When you get it to the correct length, tighten the nut.

christophe
10-21-2011, 05:09 AM
If I understand correctly what you are calling a dovetail, it can be screwed in or out of it's mounting hole. Loosen the nut and put a screwdriver into the notch at the point of the cone, and unscrew it to make it longer. When you get it to the correct length, tighten the nut.

Thanks Roy.
I've tried this, but I'm already at the end of the thread. Moreover, a 1/2 " pad has been placed under the lock. So, I think that I don't have the right part.
Nice day to all.

candbstudebakers
10-21-2011, 12:26 PM
might be the wrong one , the ones used on larks are shorter, maybe someone changed it with the wrong one?

carussell
10-21-2011, 03:22 PM
It should be long enough to put a gash in your forehead!

I second that! Caught my left ear on my Hawk today. The gentleman I bought it from cut his head showing me the engine compartment; my son cut his head when I got it home; I have hit it several times without real injury till today. Any length is too long on these!:mad:

Welcome
10-21-2011, 03:34 PM
I second that! Caught my left ear on my Hawk today. The gentleman I bought it from cut his head showing me the engine compartment; my son cut his head when I got it home; I have hit it several times without real injury till today.>>>Any length is too long on these!:mad:

An indication of no RECALL.

carussell
10-21-2011, 04:05 PM
An indication of no RECALL.

I recall every single event quite well...now...uhm...what was the subject matter????

On the serious side - I have discovered that the front fender shims have a lot to do with the fit of the hood front and therefore the "dove-tail" length. Also look at the lower air deflector and intake panels/brackets. If these are bent downward, that would affect the height of the hood latch bracket; check the latch bracket for downward bends as well because that will also affect how far in or out the dovetail must be adjusted. These hoods are very heavy in the front and over time that takes a toll on the resting points.

hawk gt 62 rhd
10-21-2011, 05:42 PM
Hello Christophe, I just measured the dove tail it is 115 mm under the hood,how ever thats not the precise length of the pin.
I strugeled alot with the outlining of the hood.
First you must know that the hood must be placed first and then the fenders!!!
I made extra bumpstops in the inner fender and used old adjusteble ones .You can find them even new at Fiat or Opel dealers or at a yunkyard,I ll try to post pictures.
Dick Waterreus.

christophe
10-24-2011, 03:46 AM
Hi folks,

Thank you very much for the input. I'll check all the points mentioned. I have already noticed that the front end has been disassembled. Oddily, everything seems to be straight except the position of the latch bracket. I haven't hurt my head on the hood dovetail yet, but this is only because I had to remove the engine 40 km after the purchase of the car.
Nice day to all.

Welcome
10-26-2011, 10:07 PM
Hi folks,

I've experienced some troubles with my hood (63 GT Six). It looks like the dovetail is too short as the hood is getting too far down when closing and hurts the side mouldings. Of course, the dovetail is set at its full length.
Could anyone measure the length of the right part and tell me what it should be.
Thanks by advance and have a nice week-end.

My apologies for the delay!:o

The correct "Dovetail" for your '63 GT Hawk should have an overall length (tip-to-tip) of 114.3 mm (4.5 inches). IF ...shorter it likely is for a sedan or a C/K prior to the 1956 model year.

Good Luck!!!

christophe
10-27-2011, 04:51 AM
My apologies for the delay!:o

The correct "Dovetail" for your '63 GT Hawk should have an overall length (tip-to-tip) of 114.3 mm (4.5 inches). IF ...shorter it likely is for a sedan or a C/K prior to the 1956 model year.

Good Luck!!!

Thank you very much Jim. No problem for the delay. I'll check that this week-end.
Have a nice day.