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I'm nearing completion of my S1 (just got it painted), and am sorting out the last few bits. I currently unlatch the bonnet by pulling on two short cables on the inside; these are attached to the latch levers through holes in the firewall. I feel certain this was not the original setup, and that both were probably activated by one lever. I would appreciate an explanation from someone on exactly how the original system worked. Thanks.

Scott

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Hi Scott,

One handle mounted on the inside of the right hand door mounting plate, this pulls two cables, one short one to the right hand catch and a long one that goes behind the heater to the left hand catch.

I can probably take a couple pf photos later.

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Thanks, Paul. Photos would be much appreciated. There are probably pullys involved, too. I have none of the hardware for the cables.

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No pulleys involved, the cables are just bicycle brake type cables with an inner cable and outer sheath. they go through the bulkhead to the bonnet catches and return to a simple folded metal bracket bolted to the door plate with a flat metal lever pivoted at the top pulling on the two cable ends, simples!

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Hi Scott,

When I got to this stage of the restoration I became manic about snapped cables. I fitted rather nice Japanese release handles on both the off & nearside mounting plates and ran dual cables - thats two from the left side of the car and two from the right. so if one fails I can (hopefully) still open the bonnet from the side.

Not content with that I did the same in the boot/trunk. The release handles bit was easy - modifying the brackets for the tailgate lock assembly was a little more fun but do-able.

A side benefit is that the Japanese handles look rather better than the original factory lash-ups.

The system works - I hope it will continue to do so if ever I have a cable failure.

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Thanks for the replies, Paul and Rex. That's exactly the information I needed.

I agree with the dual cable approach. I did something similar with the tailgate by adding a solenoid to the stock manual release, and also have solenoids to open the doors. Removing the door handles is one of the slight modifications I made to the body. Sorry to you purists, but I really didn't like the looks of the handles, and the actuating mechanism was all bunged up. Once I get the trim back on I'll post some pictures in case you are interested.

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WOW _ Solenoids, Why didn't I think of that! the nearest I've got to that is to fit a remote locking kit to the doors.

I look forward to a side on view of the body - and an interior shot of the boot to show how you did it.

Get that trim back on asap....................

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That sounds very handy i would like to see pics as well.

Clive

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Here's a picture of the release mechanisms in the boot. I've made a cover that goes over the lever on the floor, to protect it. Carpet will be installed soon.

The window trim is off getting anodized after I stripped the parts, fixed the dents, sanded out the scratches, and polished them. They should be done next week, after which I'll post pictures of the body. I would have liked to have refurbished the roof and windscreen trim, but getting them off and on again seemed too daunting. They will have to do.

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OK, I've posted some pictures in the "Elite / Eclat / Excel Chat" picture thread, and a few more at higher resolution in the gallery section.

Rex, do you recall which Japanese car you got the bonnet release lever from? Maybe an older Z car?

Scott

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Sorry Scott,

But I picked 4 of them up from a breakers yard. Here everything is dismantled before being offered for sale and put out on pallets, shelves or bins - no getting dirty messing around.

They were 4 matching pulls 2 for the bonnet, 2 for the tailgate and they were in the Honda section. I wasn't concerned about which Honda, just that there were 4 of them and they looked pretty smart.

Can't post a pic - TFC is currently undergoing a session at the mechanics.

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To (maybe) finish this topic, attached is a picture of what I settled on for my bonnet release. It is from and XJ-6; the dual release cables are the only ones I could find in my local wrecking yard that would fit the bill. A couple aluminum bars tie this into the existing mounts on my LHD Elite, and the cables fit perfectly. Very easy to release with the door closed and window open.

 

Scott

 

 

 

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