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I thought it looked pretty good after you shimmed. That might be the answer. I understand your hesitance to continue to bend and flex, as many times in my life I have tried to muscle something into place, only to find out that grace and finesse would have been the better solution. Unfortunately, I lack much of the latter.
 

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This is the procedure I used;

Trunk Alignment
That is an easy one to fix. You'll need a 1/2" socket/ratchet, and a small piece of sheetmetal or two, or even a 1/16" (.0625) shim.
Open the trunk lid, loosen the top bolt that holds the lid to the hinge. You need to loosen this one enough you can get your shim(s) in place under this bolt, between the lid and the hinge. Now, hold the lid in place and slightly loosen the lower bolt, until you get enough clearance to insert a shim or small 1" square piece of sheetmetal between the above mentioned area. Put the shim in, tighten the bolts and slowly close the lid, noting how much lower the front corner of the lid is to the rear filler panel.
If it all clears and lines up, open it, tighten the bolts good and you're all done. If it needs to be lower, add more shims. If it is too low, then you'll have to start trimming the shim narrower until you get it in a good spot that lowers it just right.

The whole side sits low from the top were the trunk lid corner meets the window filler and 1/4 to the lower corner were it meets the tail light panel..
Put a thin shim between the trunk hinge and the trunk lid, at the lower edge where the hinge meets the lid. Won't take too much thickness to change it.

How are you trying to tweak the hinges? These hinges are very easy to tweak.
You need to place a 4x2 between the hinge arm and the bottom of the package try. With the wood in place and the deck lid fully open push upward on the deck lid. The wood blocks the hinge and actually bends it at the curve which is the weak spot and will force the deck lid to lower.
Re-shim (or get the correct shims) only until the deck lid is flush with the quarters at the front edge. Do this after you have put it as far forward as you can and still have an acceptable gap. Then install your latch and adjust before you do anything to the contour.
 
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