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BJ7 Hood frame mounting plate

87bor

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Hi.

Need some advice.

Does anyone have a photo showing the configuration of the hood frame mounting plate on the B post. I am trying to get the hood alignment against the window correct and looking at the mounting plate I have a spring over a bolt on one side of the car and none on the other side. Which is correct and if I need another spring or spacers, who sells them?

I have also just learned there is a huge spring fitted from this hood mounting plate to the floor. Neither of my cars had any sign of floor attachments for this so I
wondered if it is really necessary. There is such a short lever arm I really can't see a spring having any real affect given the weight of a fully loaded hood. None of the Triumphs have sprung loaded hoods.

Also for the hood drain channel pipes, none of the suppliers show whether to over-drill the hole size and fit a rubber grommet. Can you advise what the original procedure was and if all five holes are really required. One of them is right over the driveshaft. Fact is, I hate the idea of drilling all those holes in my brand new paintwork as I hadn't planned to drive the car during a tsunami!

Cheers

Barry
 

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Healey Nut

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Just behind the door openings on the sill portion should be a triangular plate with a hole in for one end of the spring, they will be hidden by the rear trim panels . The other end of the spring goes into that tab of the twisted bar next to the tonneau rod support shown on your pics . The springs are covered with a sleeve of armacord .
For the drain holes . The ones going through the wheel arch don’t have grommets you can just caulk seal them if you like . The ones going through the rear seat deck have grommets .
 
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87bor

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Just behind the door openings on the sill portion should be a triangular plate with a hole in for one end of the spring, they will be hidden by the rear trim panels . The other end of the spring goes into that tab of the twisted bar next to the tonneau rod support shown on your pics . The springs are covered with a sleeve of armacord .
For the drain holes . The ones going through the wheel arch don’t have grommets you can just caulk seal them if you like . The ones going through the rear seat deck have grommets .
No I don't have any such plate and looking on Kilmartin's website I couldn't find one there. I could always screw a plate to the sill but until I get the springs I won't know the dimensions.

I have drilled and fitted the centre drain pipe with a grommet. I am hoping that I can get away with only three drain holes. But when I look at that channel and consider the risk of it overflowing in a storm I can see why there are so many.

Do you know of any other cars with a rain gutter on the inside?

Cheers

Barry
 

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I cant find any pics of the plate but it’s not complicated . Maybe 3” wide at the base triangulated to 1 1/2” tall with a small hole for the spring hook but they were welded to the inner sill in that small space where the dogleg of the trim panel comes down to the floor .
The springs assist with lifting of the top frame so as you lift on one side of the car the frame doesn’t twist . It’s not that it’s heavy .
If you always lifted the top with two people one each side there would be no need for them .
if your car is already painted then you will probably have to just bolt/sheet metal screw them to the inner sill .
 

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The plate is AH422 on Kilmartins site. If you click on the image it will show you the wrong photo but it is listed as "Softop spring anchorage bracket - to inner sill assembly"
Regards,
Greg



 
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87bor

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I cant find any pics of the plate but it’s not complicated . Maybe 3” wide at the base triangulated to 1 1/2” tall with a small hole for the spring hook but they were welded to the inner sill in that small space where the dogleg of the trim panel comes down to the floor .
The springs assist with lifting of the top frame so as you lift on one side of the car the frame doesn’t twist . It’s not that it’s heavy .
If you always lifted the top with two people one each side there would be no need for them .
if your car is already painted then you will probably have to just bolt/sheet metal screw them to the inner sill .
Exzcellent.

Many thanks for the plate details. The hood springs make sense now.

Barry
 
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