New Design Hinges = Wide Open Bonnet

New Design Hinges = Wide Open Bonnet

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gacksen

677 posts

89 months

Monday 6th May 2013
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yep.... count me in wink

SergSC

495 posts

108 months

Monday 6th May 2013
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I want them too!

Thanks for taking the initiative in getting this made. My interim solution was to buy a mirror so I could check the coolant level.


SergSC

495 posts

108 months

Monday 6th May 2013
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btw do these work on a tamora for sure? willing to give it a go.

A nice gas strut to hold it up would be great to go with this.

Walford

2,259 posts

112 months

Monday 6th May 2013
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ChrisPap said:
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.
Because they spent all they time and money trying to get the Speed6 engine reliable

jrb43

575 posts

201 months

Tuesday 7th May 2013
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I'd be interested if they work on a T350. Well done.

NBON

106 posts

134 months

Tuesday 7th May 2013
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I'd be interested too for a T350.

A gas strut conversion would be nice also. I saw a white T350 with it done a few years ago at Chatsworth.

shep1001

4,349 posts

135 months

Tuesday 7th May 2013
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[quote=SergSC]I want them too!

Thanks for taking the initiative in getting this made. My interim solution was to buy a mirror so I could check the coolant level.



Alternatively pinch one of SWIMBO's salad serving spoons put a mark on it at the correct level and when you want to check it, just pop it in the swirl pot and see where the water level is!!

Hamish400

256 posts

203 months

Tuesday 7th May 2013
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I'd be interested in a set for a T350.

Rgds
Hamish

Sevenman

623 posts

138 months

Tuesday 7th May 2013
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shep1001]ergSC said:
Alternatively pinch one of SWIMBO's salad serving spoons put a mark on it at the correct level and when you want to check it, just pop it in the swirl pot and see where the water level is!!
+1, works well for me. Using more of a cooking / stirring spoon than a salad server - less likely to be missed.

ChrisPap

Original Poster:

390 posts

100 months

Friday 10th May 2013
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Hi Guys,
I'm currently overseas for work but I've started to draw the design out on CAD and when it's done I'll get it out for some quotes and then come back with a pre-production sample and prices and then organize a batch size for all those who are interested.
Cheers,
Chris

MATTYBOY

148 posts

165 months

Friday 10th May 2013
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Deffo interested in these, just checked the oil on the Tam for the first time today, singed arm......

Matt

Pursyluv

1,702 posts

120 months

Friday 10th May 2013
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ChrisPap said:
Hi Guys,
I'm currently overseas for work but I've started to draw the design out on CAD and when it's done I'll get it out for some quotes and then come back with a pre-production sample and prices and then organize a batch size for all those who are interested.
Cheers,
Chris
Chris, thanks for taking the time to look into this, i for one will be very happy with this particular mod thumbup

restless*native

279 posts

136 months

Saturday 11th May 2013
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The idea of opening wider to gain access is good, but what about a set of quick release hinges to allow total removal of bonnet, has anyone tried this approach?

Mattt

16,377 posts

164 months

Saturday 11th May 2013
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QR would be good

Sevenman

623 posts

138 months

Sunday 12th May 2013
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restless*native said:
The idea of opening wider to gain access is good, but what about a set of quick release hinges to allow total removal of bonnet, has anyone tried this approach?
They already exist. It is a 2 person job to remove the bonnet safely, but it is very quick. TrackVRoad did these for me.









Pursyluv

1,702 posts

120 months

Sunday 12th May 2013
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Sevenman, are there any alignment issues when the bonnet is refitted?

Sevenman

623 posts

138 months

Sunday 12th May 2013
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It did change the alignment slightly and lead to some rubbing, but tweaking the position of the pin for the bonnet catch seemed to sort this and there are no problems now.

Pursyluv

1,702 posts

120 months

Sunday 12th May 2013
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Ok cheers, i think quick release pins would be a close second to the mod Chris is suggesting

Buzz Billsberry

1,304 posts

177 months

Sunday 12th May 2013
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Gavin

Any chance of a few photos of picky three but close up of the actual front & rear of the quick release mechanism?

Cheers

Buzz

ChrisPap

Original Poster:

390 posts

100 months

Monday 13th May 2013
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Hi Guys,

Quick release pins are an option of course, and Track V Road already offer a conversion for these. I don't know what the conversion costs but I'm sure for a little extra they might be able to clean up the grind marks for you and re-plate or even just paint the hinges so they don't rust! wink

They use Pip Pins which work by depressing the blue button which retracts the retaining balls at the other end, and then keeping the button depressed and pulling on the 'D' ring you can pull the pin back and out. That's why it's a two man job to support the bonnet and operate the pins for removal or re-fit.



It would even be easy to incorporate the pip pins into my design hinge, but it seems a bit of an overkill to me. If you can double the opening angle of the bonnet why would you ever need to take it off except for if pulling the engine or radiator out? I also think doing it it to a standard I'd be happy with would vastly increase the cost of production because it would necessitate hinge plates machined from billet to guide and hold the bonnet hinges before pin insertion.

Still, if there is huge demand maybe I'll look into it and see what it does to the costs.....

Edited by ChrisPap on Monday 13th May 00:43