Rear Lid Gas Spring?

Not sure if I am even using the right name/term. It has been a long while since I have had a chance to go onto this site and you guys have been very helpful in the past. I remember there was a forum on buying the right type of gas or air powered spring latch for allowing the rear lid to open with a simple pull of the lever inside the car. Automatically opening the lid and keeping it open. But it has been to long since I last read the information that was shared here on this site. Anyone willing to repeat and suggest what type and power strength I need to get. Once I know what to order I will try and get it from CPi here in British Columbia. I have a 2004 Speedster built by Kirk at Vintage Speedsters. So a fiberglass lid made to look like a 59 GT model is what I am trying to lift. That would be what 5 pounds, 10, 15, 20? Thanks guys.

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There is a search function here - the magnifying glass.  So maybe 3 concepts - one to pop it just cracked open in case of fire, one a manual prop for more air while driving, and the gas struts so you don't have to use the pin (I wouldn't drive with it like that though).

https://www.speedsterowners.co...deck-lid-self-opener

https://www.speedsterowners.co...ck-engine-lid-opener

 

I believe that there is simply a latch that has a spring loaded feature that once the latch is activated it pushes the pin on the engine lid upwards and you can then easily fit your fingers underneath.  It spaces the lid away from the body. 

BTW it does not keep it open to do engine work, for that you need a wand to hold it open or a full blown piston as we have on a lot of front hood assemblies.

Chris:  You already have the latch - that's what is popped when you pull that knob at the rear of the door opening.  

For something to actually lift the engine cover when you pull that knob, you need a gas strut to do the lifting.  

If you do a search on here for "gas strut" or "Engine Cover Opener" you should find some past posts that cover it with DIY how-to instructions and part numbers for compatible struts.  If not, let us know and we'll find the posts for you.

Gordon Nichols posted:

Chris:  You already have the latch - that's what is popped when you pull that knob at the rear of the door opening.  

For something to actually lift the engine cover when you pull that knob, you need a gas strut to do the lifting.  

If you do a search on here for "gas strut" or "Engine Cover Opener" you should find some past posts that cover it with DIY how-to instructions and part numbers for compatible struts.  If not, let us know and we'll find the posts for you.

Gordon,

I looked at the top of the Speedsterowners.com webpage and do not see a "search" button or a "search symbol" on the page to do the search?

Gordon Nichols posted:

Chris:  You already have the latch - that's what is popped when you pull that knob at the rear of the door opening.  

For something to actually lift the engine cover when you pull that knob, you need a gas strut to do the lifting.  

If you do a search on here for "gas strut" or "Engine Cover Opener" you should find some past posts that cover it with DIY how-to instructions and part numbers for compatible struts.  If not, let us know and we'll find the posts for you.

Got the search thing figured out and printed out all the information in the threads. Thanks guys for all your help and suggestions. Now I will go buy the parts and get my mechanic who knows what he is doing to install. I maintain that Speedsterowners.com is the best site out there when it comes to Q and A's like this. Thanks again, much appreciated.

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