For those who have a DHC and have removed the hood frame, a query.
I had noticed that the chrome headed pins that go through the hood frame and form the main pivot point for the top (just aft of the B panel) were sitting proud of the metal. Upon removing one it appears that at some point in the past someone had the top off (I had a new shell made up many years ago, perhaps this is when) and failed to get the threaded end into the inner metal of the frame. The depth of the thread on the pin being the distance the chrome head sits away from the opposite metal frame.
My question is, what is the trick in getting the pin to thread in as it should? I have spent quite a bit of time without any luck so far. The hood assembly is pretty hefty and working single-handed has not helped, but even though I can get the whole thing looking like it is aligned correctly and the pin slides through everything, it will note thread home. I have loosened the two bolts that secure the bracket that holds the whole thing, thinking that a degree of ‘float’ may allow for improved alignment to no avail.
While I rarely put the top up, it would be nice to get these two pins cinched up properly. Any thoughts, observations would be appreciated.