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Bonnet alignment

Discussion in 'Defender 90 / 110 / 130' started by Rorie, Feb 12, 2019.

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  1. Rorie

    Rorie Active Member

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    Replaced my bulkhead on my G reg 90. Rebuilt the wings using the original tops, but new sides. Bonnet is original, but with new hinges.

    I'm having issues with the bonnet alignment.
    • Wings are flush with the side of the bulkhead and are level across the top
    • Bonnet 'hooks' on bulkhead are equal in dimensions from the sides, top of bulkhead etc
    • Radiator panel (bonnet catch) hasn't moved
    • Wings sit pretty well and didn't take much effort to get aligned (I.e. no real pushing and shoving!).

    My initial thought was the bonnet hooks on the bulkhead. I've closed up the drivers side as much as I can, but it hasn't made much difference.
    I then tried the bonnet hinges to see if there was any play in the bolt holes, but there wasn't.

    Photos show its sitting almost above checker plate on passanger side, but loads of room on drivers side. Front view you can see misalignment with slam plate.

    I'm pretty stuck now! Any thoughts or suggestions?

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    flat Well-Known Member

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    Bulkhead alignment is out maybe? How are your door shut lines?
     
  3. windy81

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    i had the same but less extreme on my build.
    I first used all available play in hinges to shimmy it across. There wasn't much movement but with some brute force it did settle where i wanted it.
    Not sure if this is the prescribed method but if that isn't enough i'd elongate the hinge holes both sides a small amount in the correct direction to give you that wiggle room you need.

    Might need 2 people, it's a bloody awkward job the bonnet.

    Was the bulkhead from Ashtree by any chance :rolleyes:
     
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    jamesmartin Well-Known Member

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    theres some movement in bonnet hinges
     
  5. Rorie

    Rorie Active Member

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    Doors took a while to align, but they are pretty good now. Straight line right down the length of the car!

    I did try and loosen the hinges as that would be the easiest option (I thought!), but there was little to no play. I did consider drilling the holes out a little to give a bit more play. A small bit of play at the hinge should have a big impact at the end of the bonnet. Worth a shot?
     
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    I don't think there is another option. Like you said small change will have a big impact.
    Hard part is preventing corrosion down the line from exposing the metal
     
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    The hinge brackets will bend, you just need a bloody big bar. You could also try putting one of the plastic bushes in backwards.
     
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  8. Rorie

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    I did consider putting in one of the bushes backwards, but I wasn't sure if it would work or not. Worth a try!

    I closed up one of the hooks on the bulkhead with by big boys hammer, but it had minimal impact.

    If the bushes don't fix it, i'll probably widen the holes. Corrosion wont really be a concern here with the minimal exposed surface area of bare aluminum.
     
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    How does the back edge of the bonnet sit against the bulkhead? Are the dimensions of the new hinges any different to your old ones? Bit of an odd one!
     
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