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#1 jeebowhite

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 04:09 PM

OK, so just to disappoint, unfortunately I have NOT yet found a way to remove the catch but I am getting desperate!

 

So, what I want to do, is remove this useless old turn key, break latch, bye bye bonnet access cack with something a bit more suitable. I have two thoughts, and your help in identifying which may be least expensive and plausible would be appreciated. I would love over the course of the next few months to come back with a how to guide on removing this useless object of frustration and replace it!

 

So my thoughts are as follows:

 

1) Remove the stupid key left turn - right turn system. Ideally I want to go back to the old school days, where I fit a Lever, or switch or similar that will allow me to pull a wire and pop the boot (none of this hocus pocus)

 

2) Remove the bonnet locking mechanism and substitute it with a handle and lock release - So, I saw this on a clio of someone who works at kwik fit (bare with me, I know things dont tend to start well with those words) but he had a bonnet that on the left and right sides, he had a key operated lock, with a pull out handle, I assume he would undo the lock with his key, and then use the two handles to pop the bonnet open. This looks like an alright idea... http://www.ebay.co.u...=item20d9c4e8af

 

3) Develop a brand new system. Perhaps take an electrically operated bonnet catch that might fit in my car, then wire it up to a switch - press button, bonnet pops up!

 

All are a bit scifi at the moment, I really would love to come up with an answer, so if anyone has any recommendations, suggestions, or idea's, please do let me know as if I can (within cost effective reason) rid the planet of this monstrosity of a system, I will do so!



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Posted 11 December 2013 - 04:28 PM

OK So, I called my insurer today. Because I already have external mods on the car, they would need to record it on their system as an internal modification. Total cost to add bonnet lock pins onto my policy £17.50!

 

Yes, £17.50 and then the cost of the bonnet lock parts... Somehow I am becoming more strongly drawn to the idea of getting this 'modification' as my next effort! It will save problems in the long run and it could be a cost effective and more reliable replacement to the current useless system.

 

I am still doing my research into the best means of how to do it. I need to also check the car over and start getting measurements, looking for already fixed points that I could attach it to and what not, but I am favoring this as the next modification to relieve the stupid locking barrel!

 

Has anyone on here had experience with locking pins?



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Posted 11 December 2013 - 09:42 PM

got yourself a nice little project James.

 

could you not use the old cable method that has worked fine all these years - get it from another car and fit it to yours - no more key?



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Posted 11 December 2013 - 09:49 PM

it's something else I have considered however I have yet to find a catch and pull mechanism that will either straight swap or work with butchering perhaps it's not knowing the search term of what to look for... otherwise there would have to be a level of butchery to mount a bonnet release handle and lay the wiring. all options are still valid and considered as I'm trying to find the best way rather than the worst preexisting way lol

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 10:05 PM

go to a scrappy to have a look at some bonnet locks on other makes or older fords.



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Posted 11 December 2013 - 10:06 PM

maybe something like this that you could possible screw into the slam panel? you'd have to adjust the hook on the bonnet?

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item3a887da8c0



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 12:15 AM

James I would love if u did this an go to few places ask them to change a bulb they wouldn no what hell was goin on sorry sir if can't open ur bonnet priceless haha

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 09:24 AM

James,

 

maybe you could contact Burton motorsport or demon tweeks to see if they sell an aftermarket kit that rally cars use?



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 09:55 AM

Well, I found a universal bonnet release cable for a few quid: http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/B007JIHGDK

 

Looks like it might do the trick! Now, I just need to find a latch that can be used with the cars generally. I am looking outside of Ford as well as things like the Fusion, but at the moment, I probably need to sit down and have a good look at the layout of things :)



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Posted 14 December 2013 - 03:18 PM

I know it may sound a little bit silly... But could you not get rid of the barrel and put like a boot locking mechanism on it.. Wire the boot lock up to another button so it pops up like the boot... Then you could go the whole hog and add the gas struts to the bonnet to get rid of the silly stand lol. Just a thought

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 09:05 PM

not a bad idea fella unfortunate for me though I could guarantee it would fail then an angle grinder date with the bonnet would be likely lol but I like the idea!

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 09:09 PM

I reckon electric actuators are a better way to go.
Nice smooth motion and works both ways.

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 09:30 PM


all good as long as the electrics working lol :-)
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Posted 15 December 2013 - 09:32 PM

Hmm yeah... But electrics can go in anything and your buggered lol

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 09:51 PM

That is true indeed! if only you could wire in a spare power source!



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