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shalleck Steve H
Indianapolis, IN, USA   USA
I switched to a forward tilt bonnet. Now I'm trying to find a plug to cover the hole for the handle without success.
The inside diameter is 5/8, but the head size of the plug needs to be almost 1 1/4 to cover the entire hole.
What have others used?

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refisk Rick Fisk
Frankenmuth, MI, USA   USA
I use electric box hole plugs at work and you could use one of them to cover the hole. I used one on my '72 Midget to cover the antenna hole in the trunk. You can get them in a number of different sizes at Home Depot or Lowes or any decent hardware store.

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Jim Gruber Avatar
Riverview, FL, USA   USA
Or my thought with Bugsy is to stick a handle back in there and figure out a way to fasten it, Also I'm not sire if it would hit the ground with bonnet opened, Bugsy does not have a lot of extra clearance there. Now I just looked at my bonnet and it does not have that indentation around the handle that you show Rick. Perhaps it was filled in with Bondo but I don't think so.. Now I must have the handle around here as Bugsy was rear hinged when I got him. Chrome not very good IIRC, A new one runs $75.00. As it is virtually unseen down there with forward tilt. I may just spray it with Chrome Paint and let it go. Another job for fettling stage after paint.

Jim Gruber - Tampa/Riverview FL
Bugsy I - '68 Sprite w BE Bonnet - Gone but not forgotten
Bugsy IV - '60 Bugeye - 1,275+.040 and a 5-Speed - CA Car - 2nd Owner from new -
A truly rust free, garaged in Los Angeles for 57 years Bugeye

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Perdido Gold Member Rut Rutledge
Tuscaloosa, AL, USA   USA
I just mounted my handle to make it look stock from the outside and it does not interfere with anything.

saaboat Bill Trench
South Salem, NY, USA   USA

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gossie Howard Gostelow
Queensland, Gold Coast, Australia   AUS
I mounted the handle on mine also to have it original looking.
If by some chance you don't have the original handle you can use a MINI boot handle from the breakers as I did.....They look the same underneath where they are almost hidden.

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NEKBugeye Gold Member Joe H
Danville, USA   USA
You might try "upsizing" the hole with a step drill (they work great on sheetmetal)..then find an appropriate plug.

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