Has anyone come up with a permanent reinforcement for the weak and prone to cracking Duetto trunk hinge? Mine have been fixed in previous body repairs with a simple weld of the crack. Has anyone fashioned a reinforcing plate to weld in as well? Last summer I popped the lid (distorting the lid panel itself) when I over stuffed the trunk with camping gear. I plan to remove the lid and flatten the hinge/lid mating surface myself.
I have a '69 1750 spider and the drivers side trunk hinge is actually 2 pieces at this time. I took it to a body shop to see if they would weld it and was told that I should just see if I can get a replacement hinge. Is that going to be impossible to find? Or would you just see if someone could weld it back together? I need to get this fixed so I can enjoy the car. Thoughts?
So, you've reinforced the trunk lid itself where it mates to the hinge? Mine has collapsed and has also obviously been lightly reinforced there. I pulled it out very easily so that the trunk lid sits flush again. A plate inside will have to wait until I replace the rear half of the trunk lid. I was considering making some plates to double the weight of the hinge through the trouble areas... another project for the future.
re: broken hinge. I wouldn't recommend putting a broken hinge back together... it will no doubt end up weak and misshapen.