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Boot Hinges

PostPost by: brassrngfm » Thu Feb 17, 2005 7:53 pm

Lotus Nuts -
I suspect that the boot hinge recesses are at a slight angle to the body
because the body curves slightly down toward the outside. If the hinges
just sat on the surface, the hinge pins would be pointing slightly away from
each other at a slight angle - so when you went to open the boot, it would
put a some stress on them as the boot lid tried to open straight up. Hinge
pins have to be parallel to each other and perpendicular to the plane of
opening of the boot or door.
Voila!
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PostPost by: frearther » Fri Feb 18, 2005 12:43 pm

FWIW, I always assumed that the recesses in the bodywork were
caused by somebody tightening down the hinges before the fiberglass was
fully cured, therefore still soft. You mean they actually engineered that
in? I'm impressed!

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