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Post by TrevorG » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:51 am

Is it just me (that immediately shows my age), or do scimitar bonnets get stuck regularly? I've seen quite a few threads with non releasing bonnets recently.

So, the little grey cells started to whirr again, as I'll shortly be putting FEB's bonnet back......if we are worried it might happen to us, why not (while the bonnet is up, obviously) tie a cable or stiff wire to the release mechanism and end it with a loop that could be clipped behind the headlight. If release mechanism then jams, whip out headlight, pull cable loop and voila! No more reaching into the murky recesses!

I'll have a look and see if I can do it easily, I've got loads of old m/c Bowden cables to play with.



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Post by philipmasonfrance » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:16 am

That's what I've done on the GTC. Just a bit of string to behind the headlight...... Somehow seems in keeping with the general engineering ethos of the car!!



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Post by Alan SS1 » Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:58 pm

philipmasonfrance wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:16 am
That's what I've done on the GTC. Just a bit of string to behind the headlight...... Somehow seems in keeping with the general engineering ethos of the car!!
did the similar with the 480, used a length of baling wire with a TEE handle on end, in case I lost the key, spare key hidden within engine bay (not telling you where though :wink: )


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Post by scimitargtc » Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:03 pm

About to put my bonnet back on and think I’ll add this mod. Back in the 70’s my dad bought a brand new Vauxhall’s chevette whose bonnet jammed shut after. A couple of years. dealer ummed and ahhhd so I took a gander and realised a long screwdriver placed in the gap between bumper and lower valance would fit into the striker latch, a quick flick to the right and hey presto. As my mates either all had a mk2 escort or a chèvvie my top tip earned me quite a lot of falling down fluid hic :pint :pint :pint :pint


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Post by drcdb15 » Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:38 pm

Sorry to appear to dump on a good idea, but in fact this mod is not needed at all to the SE6 onwards ranges - as my query on this point was answered by Jim here some years ago: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=20324&hilit=bonnet+release&start=15 once you have the headlamp out you can reach the recalcitrant catch anyway, no need for any trailing wires in the engine bay (which could snag on your spare wheel as you try to drag it out in the pitch dark cold pouring rain when you get a flat... well, you get the idea). Most (probably all) other (non-Reliant) cars also have a back door to the bonnet release, if you know where to look, and most independent garages will be happy to advise on your particular make/model next time you take it in for work.


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Post by scimitargtc » Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:41 pm

Thanks for that clarification Chris


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Post by BigBobPilot » Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:30 pm

Why not do some servicing and replace the bonnet release cable with a new part, before it breaks...


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Post by scimjim » Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:00 pm

In recent weeks, I’ve seen one thread where an SS1 bonnet wouldn’t open (maladjusted latch) and one where a GTE or C opened over bumps (incorrectly assembled).

Have I missed an epidemic of bonnets not opening that require bits of baling twine being attached to the catch? :D


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Post by rebel alliance » Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:17 pm

You may well have..Took mine out for a test drive sunday bonnet popped open after half a mile, Changed the entire lock and added a bike cable inner wire to the slide ran it down the side of the ducting .....pictures to follow 😁



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Post by scimjim » Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:23 pm

So it came open itself? Im still looking for bonnets that won’t open :D


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Post by rebel alliance » Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:30 pm

Looking at the operating lever i noticed it had flimsy rivets which were going to break at some point



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