- 01/04/2018 at 5:55 am #12470
I got tired of the corners of my bonnet getting banged up every time I took it off and put it on the (often hard) ground – the fiberglass on the corners is quite fragile, so I decided to build a hinged bonnet, so I wouldn’t have to completely take it off in order to access the interior, After several abortive designs, I finally came up with this design, which is sort of complicated, but seems to work pretty well. The photos are self explanatory – I used my 3D printer to make a bunch of the parts out of PETG plastic – I would prefer them to be out of metal, but I don’t have a CNC mill. To open the bonnet, I unscrew the knob at the front, and then pull the bonnet back and then up to release the tabs at the rear from under the body either side of the wiper motor. The rear support keeps the bonnet from rotating or falling. Gets rid of the need for external screws. As an additional safety measure I’ll probably figure out some sort of safety latch accessed from inside the glove box.
- 01/04/2018 at 5:57 am #12475
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- 01/04/2018 at 5:36 pm #12487
Tony – maybe I should use a bungee cord as my back-up safety device instead of some complicated latching mechanism 🙂
- 01/04/2018 at 8:03 pm #12490
I’ll take some pictures in a mo Eric, but I have fitted studs in the lower rear quarter and long nuts with turn handles on the end. The joining end has a revolving washer with a rubber washer on it. The underside of the body where the studs pass is coated with a metallic tape. It is preferable to fit the rain gutters as designed by Richard French I think. Pictures to follow once dismantled, photographed and reduced for the forum.
- 01/04/2018 at 8:52 pm #12491
- 01/04/2018 at 8:54 pm #12496
- 02/04/2018 at 5:01 am #12500
Thank you Richard for taking time to take and upload the photos. Even though I now have a hinged bonnet, I’m still interested in how other people deal with bonnet attachment problems, as one of the problems with my bonnet now is that it doesn’t fit as well at the back as it did when I was using the regular bolt system. without the bolts constraining it, it is a little “splayed out”, and is wider than the rest of the body by up to 1/4″, so I need to figure out how to remedy this. I don’t think the extended vertical bolts that you use would work, as it would be hard to get everything to line up in order to tighten things down. Right now I’m thinking a couple more tabs at the outside might help – we’ll see.
As far as rain gutters, I don’t think the metal ones would work in my situation, as the bonnet has to slide back, and would be stopped by the metal gutter. I have some thick rubber pond liner laying around, so will glue some strips of that in place, using Alan’s black goop, and see if that works.
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