bonnet safety catch concerns|
There have been a couple of reports of the MGB bonnet safety catch failing with
the bonnet lifting in the airstream and blowing back over the windscreen. Needless
to say that is a very dangerous situation as the driver can no longer see the
road and controlling the car and bringing it safely to rest is very difficult.
Here we have gathered together links to several useful notes available on the
V8 Website to alert fellow members to the risk of a failure and highlight two
protective modifications devised by fellow V8 members.
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to the concerns over the bonnet safety catch|
Venables reported a dangerous experience he had suffered with his bonnet catch
failing which allowed the bonnet to blow up onto his screen. He describes how
it happened and the frightening difficulties he experienced, then recommended
the bonnet catch should be checked carefully as a regular service item. Two additional
protection modifications have been devised by fellow members but they
both strongly recommend that the original bonnet locking mechanism and safety
catch are regularly serviced as a primary protection measure.
bonnet lock and safety catch servicing for an MGB
Regular cleaning and
servicing the MGB bonnet release and safety catch on an MGB and its derivatives
are essential as reports of a few failures of the lock and safety catch leaving
the bonnet free to lift in the airstream and blow up over the windscreen are a
real concern. Here Ralph Coulson describes his regular inspection and maintenance
routine. 050512 V8NOTE447
MGB bonnet catch - an alternative solution
Here is a solution to provide some protection should the safety catch fail to
arrest a bonnet suddenly lifting in the airstream. 030512
Modification to avoid a failed MGB bonnet catch
Ralph Coulson describes
an interesting modification he has fitted to his V8 Roadster conversion (Flame
Red 4398) to provide additional protection should the original bonnet safety catch
fail. 030512 V8NOTE444
Caution with your bonnet catch
Malcolm Venables reported a dangerous
experience with his bonnet catch failing which allowed the bonnet to blow up onto
his screen. Here he describes how it happened and his recommendation that bonnet
catch should be checked carefully as a service item. 010911
How do you open the bonnet
when the release cable has snapped?
Alan McLean (Damask 1516) in Dublin
posted a message on the V8BB seeking advice on how overcome this problem and Geoff
Allen, who worked in the Rectifications Department at the MG Factory for 27 years,
came up with his routine for getting the bonnet undone again.