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Bonnet Catch broke?

So the hood bonnet would now pop up, i pulled up and there is some sort of wire coming out of the hood catch. Looks like a broken paperclip.
Know of a place to buy a new hood catch or what this wire belongs too? its a 71 gt 1300
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Classic Alfa has replacements for $38.75. See https://classicalfa.com/st195-bonnet...gt-gtv-spider/

These parts will last longer if you gently press your hood closed, rather than dropping it.

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So is there some type of clip in the hood latch?
Also tell that to the previous owner. I have only opened the hood around 5 times now : (
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Since you'll have to repair, it's a good idea to rig some kind of back-up to both front and rear latches (a cable or a string through the firewall upfront and similar through the license plate or lights screw holes in the back).

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So is there some type of clip in the hood latch?
Also tell that to the previous owner. I have only opened the hood around 5 times now : (
Each of the wires you can see in the picture in the link is one side of a spring steel "V", of which there are two, sandwiched between the plates of the catch. The ones you can see each spring apart when pushed aside by the part of the catch attached to the bonnet itself, and because they are pushing against the outer side of the V which cannot move away, the inner pieces spring back to secure the bonnet.
Mine was broken, so I took it apart by grinding the rivets, flipping one V over, which was broken, to restore function.
Tell the previous owner?? Don't reckon he cares.
P.s. Just realised I should get out more.
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Mine was broken, so I took it apart by grinding the rivets, flipping one V over, which was broken, to restore function.
When you repaired yours, any specific type of metal wire you used? I am perfectly fine with rebuilding it on my own.
Thanks!
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Just buy a used one. They are the same for the GT/GTV/GT Junior and Spider. They are a dime a dozen.

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Here is your chance to meet the Larrys! It’s kind of a rite-of-passage in Alfa ownership; sort of like meeting King Neptune when you cross the equator.

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Alfa Parts Exchange will no doubt be able to sell you a complete used hood latch set-up, complete with cable.

http://www.alfapartsexchange.com/main.htm

They’ll possibly have any other bits that you’re hunting so you might make a list.

I have found that phoning works better than email although it’s been a while since I last contacted them.

Both of them are ‘Characters’ so be prepared for an unusual conversation.

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Here is your chance to meet the Larrys! It’s kind of a rite-of-passage in Alfa ownership; sort of like meeting King Neptune when you cross the equator.

To wit:

Alfa Parts Exchange will no doubt be able to sell you a complete used hood latch set-up, complete with cable.

http://www.alfapartsexchange.com/main.htm

They’ll possibly have any other bits that you’re hunting so you might make a list.

I have found that phoning works better than email although it’s been a while since I last contacted them.

Both of them are ‘Characters’ so be prepared for an unusual conversation.
I will give them a call this morning. Thanks!
As of right now only one of the wires broke within the plate, so it should suffice until i replace it. Still makes em a little paranoid, but if the hood opened the other direction then I would definitely not drive it.
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