Designing a Hood Latching System

Our Tornado Typhoon has a huge forward swinging nose piece. We needed a way to hold this monstrosity in place. We decided that rather than reinvent the wheel, we would look over other period production sports cars and see how they kept a hood in place.

We found an old rusty Triumph TR6 hood and cut the round receptacles that the conical hood cones fit into. Next, we ordered new rubber cones from Moss Motors. We then reversed the TR6 hood centering system and mounted the female hood centering round receptacles into the fiberglass body. We carefully glassed them in and extended the fiberglass around them so they looked factory.

We then fiberglassed mounting brackets for the conical rods into the hood. We got everything lined up and then finished the hood latching system off with some cool, period-correct leather hold down straps that we also sourced from Moss Motors.

Our final step in this stage of our Tornado’s build was to design a hood prop that would keep the big nose off the ground when we were working on the engine.

A quick prowl around our parts cars netted us an MGB deck lid prop. As it was period correct looking and plenty strong enough, we repurposed this prop and mounted it to the underside of the hood stringer. We then test fit the prop and welded a bracket onto the frame to mount the prop at the correct angle.

Overall, this has proven to be a cheap, clever very effective system for holding the hood in place.

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Spitsix HalfDork
3/28/15 8:51 p.m.

Where did you source the hood straps? The car looked great at Amelia DSCN0972

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
3/30/15 6:16 a.m.

The hood straps are right out of the Moss Motors catalog. They come in a kit with all the hardware and seemed very nicely made.

Spitsix HalfDork
3/30/15 9:32 p.m.

Thanks Tim

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