I (like Darrell) was had by this hood latch. It is JUNK! The hook is
easily bent and lasts about 6 bonnet openings (at least it seems like that
many). The spring on the hook breaks almost instantly out of the packaging.
Mine cracked from being bent too many times from misalignment and trying
closing the bonnet. I just broke the safety latch off. As long as I'm not
driving backwards too fast I think I'll be OK. I fell your pain too.
80 TR7 Spider
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, October 25, 2002 7:18 PM
Subject: poor quality repro hood safety latch for TR6
> My original had cracked at the base. When I received the
> repro part (made in Taiwan, apparently there are no new original stock
> available), I was very disappointed in the quality and engineering of the
> part. The spring and pin part is fine. But the safety "hook" part of it
> did not line up correctly like the original longitudinally (and there is
> no way to adjust it) and it was also very wobbly laterally (from side to
> side). It is completely unusable as the safety hook will not catch on the
> corresponding catch mounted to the bulkhead. Even adjusting the bolt-in
> position of the latch assembly in the bonnet (there is a little bit of
> position adjustment) does not provide enough adjustment to get the safety
> hook to catch. When I hold the repro part up against the broken original,
> it is obvious that the repro is no where near within specification
> compared to the original.
> Anyone else have any experiences with these repro bonnet latches?
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