Crumby winter weather is a great excuse to tackle a model T's annual accrual of accumulated leaks, scratches, wear-outs, and failures. Since Thanksgiving I've knocked out five new tires, a timing gear, radiator core, bands, tailpipe, muffler, etc. Now that the radiator is on its way back with a newly re-chromed neck and cap, I can't even think of putting the chipped and scratched shell back on it as it is- the shell's got a bad spot, and needs to be sanded and repainted. And I can hardly put the slightly dilapidated hood back on over a freshly repainted shell, so its time to knock out the dents on the hood and replace the lacing and repaint the hood- BUT- if I go through the trouble of restoring and repainting the hood I won't be able to live with new hood clip scratches on the hood lip- what is the scratchless hood clip solution, please? Surely there is one, right?
Short pieces of clear vinyl tubing, slit down one side worked great for me.
These would slide onto the bottom rail of the hood and absorb the bite of hood clips, I suppose. Hmm.