1973 corvette 454 4 speed coupe

several years ago my vette was put up in the air...changing oil.... once down and driving away...I noticed that the hood appeared to stay up? Years have gone by and what appears to be happening is the front end is moving. The gap between the door and the front fender is clearing changing....on top probably 3/4 inch and on the bottom....less then 1/8 inch...it is worse on the passenger side. Image if you will that the nose is going down...therefore moving the back of the front fendor up.
Hope that makes sense?

questions: 1. What do you think is going on? I was told that it was probably in an accident and the adhesive is failing.
2. Will it eventully stop shifting? 3. is this common?
4. easily fixable?

Any input would be greatly appreciated


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Jun 28, 2011
possibly the metal bird cage
by: Anonymous

My '73 is in the shop right now. Went in for minor repairs and they noticed gaps in mine. What happened on mine was that the metal bird cage that holds the fiberglass body and sits on the body mounts was rusting out and the entire body was dropping, different amounts depending on where you were looking, because the body was now resting directly on the frame. This is a very expensive fix for me so I hope that is not what is happening on yours.

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