After 40 hours of body work on the hood, we mounted it to the hinges and tried to close the hood to check the gaps, and with only a small amount of pressure, we heard a “crack” sound and the rear of the hood frame began to separate from the fiberglass.
So now what? Return the hood for a new one and spend another 40 hours of body work on the new hood? Try and get a refund and buy a metal hood and cut it out and bond on a fiberglass scoop?
For now we will try re-bonding the metal frame to the fiberglass hood. It must have been improperly bonded from the factory to separate so easily. Hopefully that will do the trick.
I also think it may be a good idea to remove the hood hinge springs or torch them to losen the springs significantly.