Michael Riebs / Audi V8 AudiV8 at 1stchoicegranite.com
Fri Aug 9 17:15:54 EDT 2002

I bet a quick drive down the coast to Suffolk VA to pick up a replacement
hood would be cheaper and easier...

Michael L. Riebs
Grand Rapids, Michigan

'90 V8Q
'98 A6QA


----- Original Message -----
From: "TEX TERRY, II" <texactii at csonline.net>
To: <quattro at audifans.com>
Cc: <iceisit at earthlink.net>
Sent: Friday, August 09, 2002 3:40 PM
Subject: Re: Hood

> From: "Ice Cat     ^. .^   ~" <iceisit at earthlink.net>
> (snip)
> When I can out, someone had sat on the hood on the drivers side and pushed
> in down.
> (snip)
> I suggested to my husband that we roll up a rug or towel or something
> and close the hood with it under there.      He thinks that will make
> it worse.    The hood now sits just under the edge of the fender and
> does not have the smooth curve which is had.   Somewhat flat now.
> Is this a do it yourself project or shall I take it to a body shop ?
> (snip)
> Since the hood was being supported by the hinges and the corner adjustment
> stops, when the downward force was applied, causing the removal of the
> factory curve, you will have to set up the reverse scenario.  You would
> have to support the reverse side of the same support points, and then
> a force in the reverse direction, for the same amount of time, to reach a
> good attempt of reversing the problem.  This generally is accomplished by
> removal of the hood from the car, placement within a framework, and then
> stress applied until the required arc is reached and maintained.  Should
> you place an article under the hood, while the hood is still in place on
> the car, you are taking the chance of creating a misaglignment at the
> hinges and the supports, along with the possibility of creating a reverse
> "bump" within the area of the existing damage.  I realize that when one
> stands aside and looks at the damage, one can very easily be fooled into
> reaching the conclusion that this would seem to be an easy fix.  I am not
> professional body repair man (I have about five years apprentice time from
> back in the 60's), so I am only offering from my experience.  As I can not
> see the actual damage, I would suggest at least taking the car to a few
> body repair shops and ask them for an estimate of the cost and the labor
> time for the repair.  The difference you hear in the labor time will give
> you a better idea of what it will take to repair your car.
> Tex Terry, II
> 83 5kt sedan (non-quattro)
> Franklin, PA  USA

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