New Design Hinges = Wide Open Bonnet

New Design Hinges = Wide Open Bonnet

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ChrisPap

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390 posts

100 months

Sunday 5th May 2013
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The more I live with my car the more dissapointed I am in how shoddily engineered some aspects of this car are. I'm gradually re-engineering the bits that need it and stage one today was new bonnet hinges. I think the factory supplied hinges for T350's and Tamora's are a joke, and why make life hard when it comes to checking oil or topping up washer fluid.

So I designed these new hinges. At first I was only going to make myself a set but given how well they've turned out I thought maybe I should get a batch made if other people were interested? They use all the original hardpoints except for one extra hole for a bolt drilled about 100mm ahead of the existing pivot bolt, which is hidden under the front apron.

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Why on earth didn't TVR make this design from the start?!

Edited by ChrisPap on Sunday 5th May 16:58

ShiDevil

2,286 posts

120 months

Sunday 5th May 2013
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Interested in some bonnet closed shots, closer up car from different angles smile

Nice work on thinking out of the box smile

ChrisPap

Original Poster:

390 posts

100 months

Sunday 5th May 2013
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ShiDevil said:
Interested in some bonnet closed shots, closer up car from different angles smile
OK, but why? The bonnet sits in it's exact original position when closed.




Edited by ChrisPap on Sunday 5th May 17:12


Edited by ChrisPap on Sunday 5th May 17:16

shep1001

4,349 posts

135 months

Sunday 5th May 2013
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What sort of cost would we be looking at Chris? As well as the opening (or lack of it) I think the finish on the boot/bonnet hinges is pretty nasty and detracts from the rest of the aesthetics of the car.

ChrisPap

Original Poster:

390 posts

100 months

Sunday 5th May 2013
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Not really sure Shep. I'll do some engineering drawings and shop them out for quotes next week. I'd imagine around or less than 100 quid, depending on batch size, material, welded in studs or bolts, surface treatment or stainless etc....

Edited by ChrisPap on Sunday 5th May 17:22

ShiDevil

2,286 posts

120 months

Sunday 5th May 2013
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I just wanted to see if the hinges were visible smile close up shots of hinges? tongue out

Ant.

5,250 posts

227 months

Sunday 5th May 2013
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Good idea.... how much much for a pair????

I did a mod on the boot opener, I remade the bracket on the boot lid with the ball offset by 8mm, this make the boot open near vertical making putting the targa in easier.

glow worm

4,307 posts

173 months

Sunday 5th May 2013
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Why on earth didn't TVR make this design from the start?!
Probably because sand yachting is done on Pilling sands smile.... Only joking,I like to see innovations but be careful in a strong wind.

Targarama

14,272 posts

229 months

Sunday 5th May 2013
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Great job!

Count me in if these will fit a T350 too.

SteveO...

464 posts

171 months

Sunday 5th May 2013
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I'm interested too, if you get a batch made up.

RFC1

986 posts

143 months

Sunday 5th May 2013
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I would like a set of these as well.

Sandy

alex_gray255

6,145 posts

151 months

Sunday 5th May 2013
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You're getting as bad as me tongue out

But yes, there is quite a bit that needs to be redone on them, where do you stop....

Pursyluv

1,702 posts

120 months

Sunday 5th May 2013
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Chris I'll definitely have a set, good stuff thumbup

Any thoughts on an extended prop?

Edited by Pursyluv on Sunday 5th May 20:27

Buzz Billsberry

1,304 posts

177 months

Monday 6th May 2013
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Yep could be interested. Although I usually just take the bonnet off, however for quick inspection/ oil /water checks this would be ideal.

Buzz

dobbie

107 posts

134 months

Monday 6th May 2013
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Yes please, count me in if you make them.thanks

ShiDevil

2,286 posts

120 months

Monday 6th May 2013
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/ count me in smile

Whitenoise1

197 posts

85 months

Monday 6th May 2013
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And me.

Mr.Chips

525 posts

160 months

Monday 6th May 2013
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Depending on price, I would be interested in a set too.

Mickywoosh

50 posts

101 months

Monday 6th May 2013
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Count me in!!

M50GRF

136 posts

128 months

Monday 6th May 2013
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I would like a pair too