Bonnet and Boot Struts

Strut and spacer condition as removed

As cleaned up and clear-coated

As they came to me both Bee and Vee had the upper part of the spacer against the inboard face of the bonnet bracket and no spacer, but a spacer fitted to the lower part. The upper part should be against the outboard face of the bracket, with a second spacer. Both ends of the strut have an 7/16" hole for a 1/4" screw and without the spacer the strut rattles up and down on the screw and rides on the threads, as well as chafing against the bonnet bracket.

Spacer with shoulder and over-sized hole in the strut on the left, spacer fitted with shoulder in the hole on the right

Upper part of strut with spacer. Aesthetically the upper spacer could be shorter as the channel isn't as deep, and indeed it was changed for 1976 with a shorter screw.

... and lower part. Between the 3rd and 4th wing bolts counting from the back of the engine compartment, position not critical, Bee's is about an inch closer to the 3rd bolt than Vee's.

Peter Mitchell's bonnet strut bolt very close to the wing channel, which shows signs of having been 'relieved' in the past:

Vee's, more than enough clearance:

Vee's (Bee is the same) bonnet bracket welded to the bracing channel, but only half on when one might expect it to be in the middle. Ironically if the bracket was the other way round it could have been:

Peter's bonnet bracket is screwed, and because of that it is fully on the strut, hence the need for the shorter spacer:

Bee's boot-lid strut. Because this strut has the release lever facing backwards instead of forwards as with the bonnet strut, it needs no spacers, top or bottom, in order to sit against the correct faces of the brackets.

Boot strut has 1/4" holes, and flat washers to prevent chafing, but still rides on the threads.