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NEKBugeye Gold Member Joe H
Danville, USA   USA
....to opening a front tilt bonnet ?
My Bugeye bonnet's in good shape structurally but there's a fair amount of twist when it's lifted from one side, which causes it to bind.
Have others experienced this ?
Solutions or methods ?

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smaceng Scott Macdonald
Martinez, CA, USA   USA
Are the extension arms binding on one side?
Make sure both are free and operate without binding. Good Luck....Scott in CA

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refisk Rick Fisk
Frankenmuth, MI, USA   USA
Front tilt bonnets are pretty floppy. You have to carefully lift from the middle of the rear edge.

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Perdido Gold Member Rut Rutledge
Tuscaloosa, AL, USA   USA
Joe,
I just grab mine by the headlight pods and pull it up...keeps it straight. I also let it down the same way which helps with the alignment.
Rut

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refisk Rick Fisk
Frankenmuth, MI, USA   USA
How can you grab it by the headlight pods with the headlights in place? I'm confused. confused smiley

In reply to # 208718 by Perdido Joe,
I just grab mine by the headlight pods and pull it up...keeps it straight. I also let it down the same way which helps with the alignment.
Rut

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Perdido Gold Member Rut Rutledge
Tuscaloosa, AL, USA   USA
Rick,
I just put my hands on top of each pod above the headlight and pull it forward. I don’t have any assist mechanism installed, but it’s still pretty easy.
Rut

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refisk Rick Fisk
Frankenmuth, MI, USA   USA
I would have never thought you could get enough leverage to lift the bonnet that way. I will have to try it when I get the bonnet back on my car.


In reply to # 208720 by Perdido Rick,
I just put my hands on top of each pod above the headlight and pull it forward. I don’t have any assist mechanism installed, but it’s still pretty easy.
Rut

NEKBugeye Gold Member Joe H
Danville, USA   USA
A $3.19 solution.
I stamped out a small hook (of sorts) and used two #8 screws (20 cents) and a 4 foot dog leash ($2.99).
Works flawlessly and you can even color match the leash to your car spinning smiley sticking its tongue out !
While I'm OK with having the small hook permanently attached to my hood because my car's more of a custom build...others that are restoring theirs to a show level will have to seek another solution.


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66Sprite David R
Sydney, NSW, Australia   AUS
I'd be very careful if you ever shake hands with Rut - sounds like he'd brake your bones with his grip smiling smiley

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Perdido Gold Member Rut Rutledge
Tuscaloosa, AL, USA   USA
In reply to # 208744 by 66Sprite I'd be very careful if you ever shake hands with Rut - sounds like he'd brake your bones with his grip smiling smiley

Nah, my wife can’t lift it cause she’s 5’2” and 125, but it’s easy for me and I ain’t the hulk. 1 make sure your hands are clean 2 make sure the car is clean 3 place hands on headlight pods palm down 4 pull toward yo self and the bonnet comes up...as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4.
Rut

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