I put up a thread last week about the hood rubbing against the hood former.
Thanks for your help!
I noticed today that the hood was also rubbing on the hood clips, besides rubbing on the hood former.
To remedy the situation I pushed the bottom half of the hood former towards the engine satisfying the hood clip rubbing. Then backed off the radiator rod from fire wall to radiator. This opened up a space so the hood does not rub against the former; by pushing the radiator forward.
The gap between the radiator and the hood bothers me, but under the stressful circumstances, I can live with a little separation.
It is not perfect, but I am not a perfectionist, which is good because this project would drive me crazy!
In my world, sometimes, in some things, close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades and parts of my Model T!
Robert if it's of any comfort, my '15 hood clips do the same thing. Can barely twist and lock down the rearmost clips, and have a hard time on the front ones. I just live with it. Figure if the rear ones are that tight sideways, the hood's not going anywhere anyway, especially with the front ones locked down. Life goes on!
I'm not sure that they ever fit perfectly, even when new. They were assembled on a production line and would just move along the line after each part was installed. They were low priced vehicles. Then add to that 100 years of going over bumps and potholes, parts replacements and removal for service work etc. Your hood fits quite well.
Robert -- I'd recommend checking the position of both the firewall (& hood former) and the radiator with respect to the frame (or hood shelf) using a framing square. That should tell you whether parts are out of alignment. At least it's a place to start.
Most Model T frames have a sag where the crankcase ears ride, and that can cause misalignment problems. The body sits aft of the ears, and the hood and radiator sit to the front.
you dont show the bottom on the radiator end, but judging from the angle shown on top i'd guess the hood is riding on the outer side of your brass radiator and not loose fitting inside where it should be. not good, you will rub a hole in the brass if thats the case. i'm with mike, you have a sagging frame. pull a string to check it