I`ve never seen in person a new or close to new condition PK....not many down here. I`ve noticed in a lot of pics I see though that a lot of the PK look like they sit cockeyed in one direction or the other. I guess the hood is what gives you a clue that something some where may be a little bent.. Having been a Pipefitter/welder/ plumber/ homebuilder etc....Things need to be plumb and square ,symmetrical in my mind or it drives me crazy !!!!!!
I noticed when I started tearing this thing apart that that lower pc of sheet metal (pc that has the grill) that ties to the frame in front and attaches to the dash in the back has the small sheet metal angles and they appeared to be slightly bent up near the dash . I wasn`t sure if it was supposed to be that way or they had just gotten bent from use or somebody sitting on the hood or what. The bends aren`t exactly the same in the vertical plane or even sideways. I found a small piece of angle iron at HD and am planning on adding to the bottom of the factory thin sheet angle to give it some strength and hold it straight. I know the holes are slotted and it would probably tilt the grill forward a little bit ...but that seems to be a weak spot in the design. Anybody know for sure if that is supposed to be straight...It doesn`t seem to have a kink point but is quite a bit of bend over the length of it....at least a half an inch out of straight over about the 12 inches or so of the sheet metal.