& TRUNK ADJUSTMENTS
Written by Mustangworld.
is one of the most well put together sportscars in the world. Over time
however, some things may start to fall out of alignment. This "may" happen
in the hood and trunk areas. This can happen because of uneven ground
in your parking space, heavy "race style" driving, cornering, chassis
flex, etc. Fortunately, it's real easy to put all these things back in
place and return your stang to a factory new looking hood and trunk alignment.
Let's take a look at how we can do this:
HERE WE GO!
Let's look at what we're doing here. If you find
your hoodline is "off" we can adjust it. The photo shows the areas
where we can adjust the spacing between the hood and the stang.
We want the hood to fit nicely in place with even gaps on both right
and left sides. We also want the hood to clamp down but not quite
touch the front bumper fisca.
There are four places to adjust the hood, two in
front and two in back. In front we have two hood height adjustment
"knobs". One on each side (left and right). Turn these knobs (like
a screw) to adjust the height of the hood gap. A SMALL turn makes
a BIG difference. You'll have to shut your hood completely to check
In the rear (of the hood) there are two bolts / nuts
that hold the hood in place (on each side). You will only need to
adjust these if the right / left spacing gap of your hood is off.
You do so by loosening the bolts, moving the hood and re-tightening
them. SMALL changes make a BIG difference in alignment. Keep your
In the rear of the stang, this photo shows where
we can adjust the way the trunk closes and how it fits on to the
taillight area. Make sure there are even gaps and that everything
looks "uniform". If it does not, let's go onto the next step to
This is the upper-rear trunk lock tumbler. There
are no adjustments to be made here. It is securely bolted in place.
Our stang had a shim placed on one of the trunk hinges to adjust
the rear trunk height on one side. For the most part ,you'll never
need to adjust the two rear trunk hinges.
You'll also notice small springs on both sides of
your trunk. There are also no adjustments to be made here. These
springs are in place to "cushion" the closing of the trunk.
This is where we'll adjust the trunk. We must first
remove a plastic panel that covers the lower rear latch. This panel
is held in place by 4 plastic panel plugs (one shown in photo).
They can be very difficult to remove. Use a forked metal shim or
"panel popper" tool to remove them. Place a towel between the tool
and the plastic panel to prevent scratching and to increase leverage.
Next adjust the latch by loosening the bolts and
changing the position of the latch. It can be moved right, left,
up or down. If your trunk looks high on the right side, you'll want
the latch to pull it left and vice versa. MAKE SURE you have the
latch high enough to ensure the trunk locks properly. Again, make
small adjustments, then check, etc. After you've adjusted the latch,
put the plastic cover back on by pressing the panel plugs back in
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