1998 Peterbilt 379 Toterhome body line/hood questions

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  1. Krypt

    Krypt Bobtail Member

    May 17, 2024
    Hello all new to the forum. Looking specifically for a Peterbilt toterhome and found one im interested in just had a couple questions regarding some body lines on the front bumper and on the hood. If you look at the front of the truck you can see the bumper has a slight sag on the left side as opposed to the right. Also, on the passenger side there’s an odd gap where the hood meets the cab even though the body lines appear to be straight. See attached images. Just seeing if any other Peterbilt owners have experienced something like this or was something tweaked or the truck involved in some kind of crash? The owner said there’s some kind of bushing or spring inside the engine bay that could be causing that gap at the bottom but my question is, how is that possible when the body lines appear to be all lined up? Thanks in advance.

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  3. FLHT

    FLHT Road Train Member

    Aug 2, 2014
    May need new hood bushings and hood guides.
    This all is adjustable and very common.
    NightWind and BoxCarKidd Thank this.
  4. BoxCarKidd

    BoxCarKidd Road Train Member

    Aug 26, 2014
    +1 and if it is an air ride cab adjustment and other cab bushings also affect that.
  5. wore out

    wore out Numbered Classic

    Jun 5, 2013
    That bumper sag is in the rear of opposite corner. Think of the frame as an X right rear affects left front and vise versa. It’s obvious that it’s had frame work. So you have 3 to 4 dozen possibilities. Break them down into two groups before the frame work and after.

    What suspension is it?
    Are all the bushings tight?
    U bolts tight?
    Spring bent or wrong wedge causing one side to carry more weight?
    If the holes were drilled for suspension even on both sides height wise?
    If it was welded together when stretched did the rails end up level?

    Z cuts are stronger absolutely but 10 times harder to weld and not pull something you gotta be a fitter. A 1/16th is a mile 29 feet away on the other side of that rail.

    I’m not saying anyone messed up or anything of the like. It be from previous damage before the work. It could be a simple bad bushing loose u bolt etc. but all questions you gotta cover.

    The bumper sag and hood issue may or may not be related. Lots of ol Pete’s got that. Limp to em
  6. NightWind

    NightWind Road Train Member

    Nov 11, 2006
    Sunny South, AL
    Hood bushings in the hood hinges
  7. circle h

    circle h Light Load Member

    Oct 22, 2020
    The gap between the hood and body looks like the front cab mounts MIGHT be crushed. That's just wear, they are easy to change. Bumpers also have a bit of adjustment to them. If it drives right that's all adjustable.
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