After more careful thinking this afternoon I have come to the conclusion that my main problem is not in the hinges. What I didn’t realize is that the top of the fender would end up higher than the bulkhead if I would move the bonnet up by another 3/16th of an inch. As of now, the fender top is exactly the same height as the bulkhead while the lower edge touches the sill extension.
I think that means I will have to shorten the fender height by the necessary gap width!? Can anyone of you share how this is best achieved?
Now, the question is, how can this be? I have bought the car with a damaged lower valence and bent/cracked bonnet support frame. But the damage doesn’t have anything to do with the fender being too tall!? Which means, the fender must have been too tall and touching the sill before the damage. Probably, someone in the past installed that fender and didn’t care about a good fit?
Anyway, I have decided to do it right, although I was hoping to get the car to the painter soon:-( Now it looks there is more cutting, welding and grinding to be done.
One more question: I haven’t glued the internal bonnet panel as of now. Is it better to first tailor the bonnet and, after having achieved a good fit, glue the panels? Or is it better the other way around, first glueing and then continuing with the fitting?