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1744 Gold Member Bill Guzman
CA, USA   USA
1973 MG MGB GT "Renegade I GT"
1974 MG MGB "Renegade"
I don't think it was to much to cut, It was short from the start, now there is nothing holding nothing.smileys with beersmiling bouncing smiley

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.........Then I decided my dick was really in the way so it's gone and a pair of those below fitted ........

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MGB567 Gold Member Barrie Braxton
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia   AUS
1966 MG MGB MkI "Money Guzzler"
1979 MG MGB GT V8 Conversion "Darkside"
In reply to # 3894375 by 40indianss I have looked at those hood latchs and wonder if they fit or can be curved to fit the curvature of the hood. If so that would be a very nice solution and could provide a more secure locking mechanism. Has anyone used them?

I assume you're referring to the Aero catches? If so what do you mean "has anyone used them"? I wrote I have! But I orientated them across not down as the slope of the bonnet is IMO too much for the flat shape of the catch. The critical piece is the pin as it needs to be at right angles (or close to it) to the locking shaft. Mine are the key operated version.



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Mustangsix Gold Member Jack Collins
Orlando, FL, USA   USA
In reply to # 3894240 by MGB567 In case clarification needed 1st pic not 2nd moon

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GMATS GERALD MATLIN
palm beach gardens, FL, USA   USA
So here is what I did for my hood latch. I removed the stock mechanism, cut it so the length of the mechanism including the tee handle is about 2 feet. Then I hung the mechanism so the tee handle is about 8 inches off the ground and not visible from the front of the car because it is hidden by the valance.. I cut a piece of steel brake line about 3 inches in length and bent it 90 degrees with a gentle bend. I ran the opposite end of the mechanism thru the brake line, attached the brake line to the car near the piece that slides into the dick,as it is now being called, and attached the mechanism exactly as it was done by the factory. Now instead of pulling the tee handle inside my car I stick my hand under the valance, find the tee handle and pull down towards the ground. Works like a charm and no one knows where the hood latch is located. The handle sits just in front of the radiator.

I tried taking pictures but it was to no avail. Hope my explanation is clear.

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40indianss don foote
2walla wa, USA   USA
Thanks for the pic and to be honest I hadn't thought to turn them sideways to match the hood curvature in that direction. Sometimes it is not always possible to think of the simplest alternative. Now I will buy a set. Problem solved!

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MGB567 Gold Member Barrie Braxton
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia   AUS
1966 MG MGB MkI "Money Guzzler"
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In reply to # 3894958 by 40indianss Thanks for the pic and to be honest I hadn't thought to turn them sideways to match the hood curvature in that direction. Sometimes it is not always possible to think of the simplest alternative. Now I will buy a set. Problem solved!

The other issue if you run them north south is they're too long to fit inside the boxed section so you'd have to cut slots in that as well. While these catches are common in Gt and production racing with the majority running them north south quite a few use east west. Seeing them during the recent 12 hour at Bathurst gave me inspiration. Where they are the bonnet is fairly flat.



Convertible: CKD 11/66 first registered 8/5/67. Owned since 3/77. 90% original sheet metal. 18GB +40 balanced with almost all new internals. Peter Burgess big valve fast road head. Piper 285. Fidanza FW. Basil's followers and pushrods. TR7clutch. TT exhaust. ARP everywhere. 123 ign. Needham 4synchro c/r box.. Stock rebuilt/replaced suspension. Superpro bushes. New brakes all round including all pipes in SS flex. Interior redone. CAMS approved roll bar and side bars. Lots more. Hybrid of o/e and show/fast road car. Not for sale - it's my toy!

GT: UK car built/sold December '78. Stripped back to bare shell with VW Golf flared guards, flush fit front and rear valances with front guards immovable. Front and rear seams removed,Torana XU1 vents, frenched indicators front & Mk1 rear lights. Powered by 'worked' Rover 5 litre V8 (ex TVR Chimaera) with efi. T5 box. FC IFS. CCE rear attached to Salisbury axle with Quaife. All new interior with MrMikes covers on MX5 seats. Retro4 7x15 rims (zero offset) and 205/55 rubber. Colour: Jaguar Storm. Not for sale - it's my sanity!

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Burrogs Matt B
Houston, TX, USA   USA
I was looking at these earlier as they are smaller and easier to install than the aero-catch pins. Decided to stay OEM as I liked the "clean" hood better.

https://www.quik-latch.com/

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66MGB50 Mike Watson
Sacramento, CA, USA   USA
Several solid options. I am thinking can shorten the catch lever and bend it 35-90 degrees downward and use the slam panel center brace as a wire guide. Releasing the hood will take more force due to shorter lever.

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