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Hood flew up at 60 MPH on 62 Midget

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Hood flew up at 60 MPH on 62 Midget

Postby Giovanni59 » Sat Nov 06, 2010 8:48 am

I guess we're lucky to be alive. The hood flew up and the windscreen stopped it but it still hit our heads. Was able to stop safely.
Now, getting a new one. $600 for a metal replacement or there's a company that makes fiberglass ones for about $250. Any comments?
also, now I am concerned about it happening again. I never even considered this happening. I never thought that these cars don't have a safety latch.
I believe there is one I can install. Any suggestions?
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Re: Hood flew up at 60 MPH on 62 Midget

Postby peter an5l » Sat Nov 06, 2010 2:43 pm

Hood or bonnet, what came up ?
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Re: Hood flew up at 60 MPH on 62 Midget

Postby HP Spridget #53 » Sat Nov 06, 2010 3:21 pm

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Re: Hood flew up at 60 MPH on 62 Midget

Postby spritenut » Sat Nov 06, 2010 9:52 pm

I had the hood (bonnet) come up on me back in 1973 on my 67 Sprite coming home from college.
it blinded me and folded over the windshield. I managed to pull off the road with out hitting anything.
Ever since that day, I make sure my latches is adjust properly, the catch is not worn, and the safety latch is working properly.
I also always give the bonnet a tug every time I shut it to make sure it is latched.
Back in those days, I removed it, set it on the grass upside down and jumped on it.
It came out surprisingly straight.
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Re: Hood flew up at 60 MPH on 62 Midget

Postby PJM23 » Sat Nov 13, 2010 11:24 am

Hi all Im new to typing ,Email ,spellings not so good ether,but Ive been driving Buy Eyes since my mom let me age 12(second corner I spun, she made me get out) Started my shop in 1973 (Midnight Auto,foreign&speciality veicals,Minis,Sprite,Jags,Austin Healy, Fiat,ect,ect if its old and funkey Ill fix it ,motorbikes too)Started hillclimbing in 1969 roadracing in1971 never got over it. Any way your quiry about bonnet ,glass is fine for street if you reinforce them,but they will never hold paint as well as steal in the long run. Checking the safty latch (a bit of oil now and then dont hurt) is pretty easy. Alining takes some time but is not rocket sience. Boy racer look with 4 pip pins (hood hold downs) makes for easy tinkering, but the dam hood blows away (dont ask how far it went,verticly that is) when your roadside. I have both typs good used and almost new $150-300 as condition warants. Make sure to look inside front for rust ,as thats what hold the hood down. I there spell checking on this pg? My # 973 383 8859 if thats alowed,if not Im sorry ,Happy Motoring Pete
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Re: Hood flew up at 60 MPH on 62 Midget

Postby bforslund » Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:53 pm

Still need a hood? I have two good ones - I could have one stripped and primed and ready for paint. Let me know
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