I was just looking at my engine lid latch and when the engine is hot it seems that cable for some reason opens the lid but by the time I get to the back the latch is locked again.  Once the engine is cold it works fine.  So it is either a two man job or something else. 

Now I saw somewhere that there is a new latch available with a spring release but I was wondering if anyone had any other work arounds.  Essentially the new style has a plate attached to one side of the upper hole you see and a spring attached pops up once the main latch is released and prevents the latch from re-engaging. 

I think Bruce @aircooled could make one easily .

 

 

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I made a bracket from a piece of aluminum angle and attached a spring from a D-cell Maglight.  I got the spring on eBay.  I got the rubber piece on top from the hardware store.  I tried a couple different heights for the rubber thing.

The spring has a small diameter loop on the bottom the flat head bolt with washer go through.

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Here is the new part which is available and I am considering getting, I think Lane has one.  

It seems so simple that anyone can make it. Can We?  

Essentially, you see the top two holes on any latch and they made a metal rising bar that lifts up on the PIN.  with the spring attached.  Simple and Neet concept.  Mike's as well is simple to do but this seems like it belongs     Sorry Mike. 

@aircooled this one you can make and sell  

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IaM-Ray posted:

I was just looking at my engine lid latch and when the engine is hot it seems that cable for some reason opens the lid but by the time I get to the back the latch is locked again.  Once the engine is cold it works fine.  So it is either a two man job or something else. 

Now I saw somewhere that there is a new latch available with a spring release but I was wondering if anyone had any other work arounds.  Essentially the new style has a plate attached to one side of the upper hole you see and a spring attached pops up once the main latch is released and prevents the latch from re-engaging. 

I think Bruce @aircooled could make one easily .

 

 

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I'm noticing the same thing in the heat, Ray. I had added a couple of small, clear rubber, glue on standoff pads earlier this Spring but have now added one more layer of them and solved the problem. They're hard to find but I got a pack of about 30 for about $6. at Lee Valley Tools.

If you look at the latch photo immediately above this post, that assembly has the hole for the little kicker lever, plus the notch on the other side for the spring to attach to on the left side (check Ray’s photo a few posts up).  All that is missing is the lever itself, that looks like it could be made up in less than an hour and attached with a pan-head bolt.  Looks like a nice project for this weekend.......

I see a kit of parts in the future.

I am thinking about it but not sure where I can get the metal with the bottom tab for the spring.  I have no clue where and who is the supplier.

IaM-Ray posted:

Here is the new part which is available and I am considering getting, I think Lane has one.  

It seems so simple that anyone can make it. Can We?  

Essentially, you see the top two holes on any latch and they made a metal rising bar that lifts up on the PIN.  with the spring attached.  Simple and Neet concept.  Mike's as well is simple to do but this seems like it belongs     Sorry Mike. 

@aircooled this one you can make and sell  

@IaM-Ray

From where on the internet did you get this photo? Was it a generic photo search, word search, parts catalog, etc?

@Michael McKelvey My builder is now selling those and I think SE does as well as Lane has one. 

I started to look at it and I figured it had to be existing out there. So here is one..  fiat-124-spider-1968-74-

I have not yet found a supplier of NEW parts other than my builder but when I looked at the picture they sent me I just thought duh... that is the original latch with a sprung lever.  Who has a 3D printer handy  

Michael McKelvey posted:

The Fiat part looks like a bit of mirror image.

You might mention who your builder is for those who don't know.

I thought it was obvious   IaM-Ray =  IM Ray 

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