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I have only discovered this forum some weeks ago. That is after owning a 1986 Spider series 3, in the Netherlands for some 25 years! Lots of interesting information and lots of activity on this forum, I am really enjoying it!

About a week ago I came across this thread, also listed in the FAQ:


Darren posted an excellent solution to the dreaded “snapped hood release cable”. Very simple, very effective. So I decided to replicate. But as I got going, I made a few improvement (at least that is how I see them). So I present to you; the emergency hood release Mk2. From Europe, so we should call it an emergency bonnet release Mk2, but lets just call that sementics for now:

First thing, a new bracket to be mounted in conjunction with the existing under the hood release mechanism:

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Next, I wanted to run the emergency outer cable parallel to the existing outer cable. Which meant drilling a little hole in the grommet letting the cable from the engine bay into the Spider interior
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The next trick was to get the new outer cable through. I did manage to push it trough, but it went all over the place. In the end, I made this tiny little “follower” from a piece of wire. Pushed the new outer cable through and this little gadget keeps it close to the original one! Worked perfectly!

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I decided to have the emergency release behind the original release. So made another little brackets. Bolts on to two existing bolts of the bracket of the original lever assembly

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Run the inner cable through, greased it. By the way, the outer/inner cable and some of these other parts are all from the bicycle shop around the corner from us>

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Very simple bits from the bicycle shop to secure the new cable to the original cable

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Under the dashboard, behind the original lever I mounted the second bracket. I just looped the inner cable, another bike shop bit and a simple electrical connector keeps the end in a nice loop!

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Done, one new emergency hood/bonnet release, installed!!

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Again, many thanks to Darren for the original Mk1 design and the inspiration I got from it!
 

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Nice job. I've had it on my list to do something similar. My cable to the hood latch moves easily and smoothly, but one never knows......
 
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