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PostPosted: November 9, 2018, 12:14 pm 
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I spent a number of years believing the fold-up jack on my MGB would collapse when I tried to use it.
Ha! Yeah, know what you mean. The factory "fold up" jack on my MGB did fail, but it didn't collapse, just the opposite. With one side of the car up in the air in my driveway, it stripped the gears somehow and wouldn't go up or down. I called a buddy, who took me to K-Mart where I bought a scissors jack and ran back home to release the poor MG.

That was in WV in 1977 or early 78. The MG was a '71, so that jack was about 7 years old when it died. I still have the K-Mart special, and it still works. That was so many years ago that 1) There were still K-Marts roaming the earth and 2) I actually believe the jack was made in the USA.

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PostPosted: November 9, 2018, 1:38 pm 
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The MG was a '71, so that jack was about 7 years old


I'm surprised the rocker panel didn't fold up when you used the stock jacking points. I seem to recall reading somewhere that the BMC/BL dealers recommended not using them if the car was over a certain age.


Back on topic, the boot hold downs look like something you could fabricate yourself. Model A hoot latches operate somewhat in the same fashion, and doing some google searching Ferrari used something similar. The cup that affixes to the panel would be the harder part to fabricate, though I'm sure you could fabricate some dies and stamp them yourself. The the finger pull portion is just a bent rod with a finger pull welded to it, the base of the rod would have a spring attached to it, something along the lines of this: http://reoriginals.com/hoodlatchkitvintagestylewithringthatyoulift-b0244.aspx


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cs3tcr wrote:


I was thinking "why not just buy some of those" until I noticed the price!

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Alfa Giuliettas had the same jack. Worked great until the jack points rusted off. However they would hit the body when extended far enough to get a wheel of the ground if you weren't careful.

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Here I was so happy that my BGT came with this jack. Now I am thinking I should rethink that. I have lotsa time before I need to cross that bridge.

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Thanks cs3tcr thats exactly what I need and I probably could have found the guy making them had I another week to spend in Padova. Although they still would have been too expensive.


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You might consider stainless jeep hood latches for a similar antique but rust-free look:
https://www.ebay.com/p/Hood-Latch-Assem ... 289&chn=ps

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I looked at those but they seem designed to hold two panels at right angle to each other. I think making a Ferrari type won't be to difficult just another side step.


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Here I was so happy that my BGT came with this jack. Now I am thinking I should rethink that. I have lotsa time before I need to cross that bridge.
Got an old red scissors jack that I could make ya a real deal on, Chuck. Came from K-Mart... :mrgreen:

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Still alive here. After spending most of '18 trying to weld aluminum I finally gave up and went back to panel forming. I have a friend who will weld the panels so maybe I can pick it up watching him.

I have gotten a lot better at forming panels and finished the rear fenders today. They aren't marked for trimming yet but this is how they look.


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:thmbsup: Looking good.

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Damn! That front slip angle is way too large and the Ackerman is just a muddle.

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Looking great :thmbsup:

I wish I had the room and the years left to learn how to do metal forming like that.

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