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Woodysrods Silver Member Brian Woods
Westbank B.C., Canada   CAN
I think I have on too!
And will measure next time I go out to the shop!
Brian



1954 MGTF 1800
1962 MGA MKII

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mgaex189 Gold Member Giovanni Delicio
Obrigheim, Rheinpfalz, Germany   DEU
1955 MG MGA 1500 "C2"
1955 MG MGA 1500 "4-seater"
1955 MG MGA 1500 "C1"
1960 MG MGA 1600 Coupe    & more
Hi Thomas,

there is a vendor in Germany that sell the spring (Pos.43).

You would need also the bracket (Pos.44), but it's not available.

It's very easy to manufacture the bracket by yourself.

If you want, I may buy it for you and send the spring to OZ.

Gio


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mgaex189 Gold Member Giovanni Delicio
Obrigheim, Rheinpfalz, Germany   DEU
1955 MG MGA 1500 "C2"
1955 MG MGA 1500 "4-seater"
1955 MG MGA 1500 "C1"
1960 MG MGA 1600 Coupe    & more
@ Jim Cheatham:

The spring you are using is a bit too long. The second support bracket for the rod is missing.

But it's a beautyiful carsmileys with beer

Gio

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mgaex189 Gold Member Giovanni Delicio
Obrigheim, Rheinpfalz, Germany   DEU
1955 MG MGA 1500 "C2"
1955 MG MGA 1500 "4-seater"
1955 MG MGA 1500 "C1"
1960 MG MGA 1600 Coupe    & more
Hi Thomas,

attached a sketch for the bracket.

Gio


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ghnl Silver Member Eric Russell
Mebane, NC, USA   USA
1961 MG MGA "Calvin"
Here's a measurement on my MGA. I'd guess an extension spring about 6" long at rest would be about right.



Eric Russell ~ Mebane, NC
1961 MGA #61, 1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6, 1984 Alfa Romeo Spider, 1991 Honda ST1100


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MGB65B Gold Member Thomas Aczel
Sydney, Kurrajong Hts, Australia   AUS
1962 MG MGA MkII
1965 MG MGB "Dad's Little White Car"
Hi Gino and Jim
Thanks for all this information.
I've just looked carefully at my car. In typical form, the spring AND the support bracket that's mounted on the rod are both missing.
The rear bracket for the rod that mounts on the engine bay side of the wheel arch is there, and complete. The one further forward is partly there, but it's not complete. Enough is still there however to support the rod.

How is the small bracket that's mounted onto the rod that Gino has shown a drawing for fixed to the rod? I presume it would need to be more than a friction interference fit? Is it tack welded on?

As for the spring Gino, thank you so much for offering to help. I'll see how I go trying to source one locally first. I'll contact you if I have no luck.


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3066james Gold Member Jim Cheatham
Amelia, VA, USA   USA
Hi Gio,
Thanks for the kind words about my car.

My car does have a second support bracket for the rod but it’s farther forward than the one shown in your picture and shaped differently. Mine is actually shaped just like the rear one. It is spot welded in place so I’m sure it’s original.

Jim

In reply to # 3861922 by mgaex189 @ Jim Cheatham:

The spring you are using is a bit too long. The second support bracket for the rod is missing.

But it's a beautyiful carsmileys with beer

Gio


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ghnl Silver Member Eric Russell
Mebane, NC, USA   USA
1961 MG MGA "Calvin"
The bit that is on the release rod is not welded to the rod. With the spring tension applied it stays put. But with tension released you can slide it forward or backward to move it to the desired position.



Eric Russell ~ Mebane, NC
1961 MGA #61, 1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6, 1984 Alfa Romeo Spider, 1991 Honda ST1100

MGSerge Serge V
Maaseik, Limburg, Belgium   BEL
Hi

My local Mg parts supplier has the spring and bracket for less then 25 euro

If you are interessted you can let me know

Serge

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MGB65B Gold Member Thomas Aczel
Sydney, Kurrajong Hts, Australia   AUS
1962 MG MGA MkII
1965 MG MGB "Dad's Little White Car"
In reply to # 3862954 by MGSerge Hi

My local Mg parts supplier has the spring and bracket for less then 25 euro

If you are interessted you can let me know

Serge

Thank you. PM sent.
I don't want to take up any more of Bob's thread. Thanks too for everyone else who commented to me about the bonnet release rod "anti-rattle spring" and bracket.

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ghnl Silver Member Eric Russell
Mebane, NC, USA   USA
1961 MG MGA "Calvin"
In reply to # 3863151 by MGB65B Thanks too for everyone else who commented to me about the bonnet release rod "anti-rattle spring" and bracket.

Except it is not an anti-rattle spring. It is a return spring to pull the release rod back to the latched position.



Eric Russell ~ Mebane, NC
1961 MGA #61, 1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6, 1984 Alfa Romeo Spider, 1991 Honda ST1100

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RJBrown Randy Brown
Queen Creek, AZ, USA   USA
According to the factory parts manual.
The side spring is “Anti rattle”
The front spring is “tension”


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ghnl Silver Member Eric Russell
Mebane, NC, USA   USA
1961 MG MGA "Calvin"
Learn something new everyday!

With #25 disconnected my release rod doesn't go fully forward. (#35 is connected)



Eric Russell ~ Mebane, NC
1961 MGA #61, 1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6, 1984 Alfa Romeo Spider, 1991 Honda ST1100

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3066james Gold Member Jim Cheatham
Amelia, VA, USA   USA
When opening the hood (bonnet), I always have to push the rod back to the latched position. Maybe I need a stronger spring but I think the design of the guide brackets is the problem. There is metal-to-metal friction between the rod and the holes in the brackets on my car.

Jim

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In reply to # 3863151 by MGB65B Thanks too for everyone else who commented to me about the bonnet release rod "anti-rattle spring" and bracket.

Except it is not an anti-rattle spring. It is a return spring to pull the release rod back to the latched position.

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JIMBV8 Jim Gibson
Northampton, Northamptonshire, UK   GBR
I've always thought it is an anti rattle spring; it doesn't really exert much of a pull along the release rod, but just holds the rod against the bracket.

And, surely that vendor in Germany has the decimal point in his price one place too far to the right ?
It can't be hard to find a suitable tension spring, the dimension etc aren't critical.

Happy New year, all smileys with beer

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