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2 Hole spire (Tinnerman) clips for Bonnet/Hood latches

PostPost by: pharriso » Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:31 pm

Does anyone have a source for the spire clips with 2 holes which are used to hold the hood latches in position?

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I have 1 & need another....

I've made a plate with 2 seperate U clips attched, but read that the clip should go in the engine apartment so you can get to the screws to unscrew them if the cable snaps.
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Original clip on right, functional replacement left...


I've searched Google, Matty, SJS & can't find a source...
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PostPost by: Elan45 » Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:15 pm

Hey Phil, Somehow I've misplaced my 2 hole Tinnerman clips and I realized I was waisting too much time searching, so I made a pair of replacements from scrap aluminum sheet, cut close to the size of the originals, and I punched 2 starter holes 3/4 apart and they will be on the inside of the car, where no one will see them. Screw heads are visible under hood (bonnet).

I'm not giving up on my original Tinnermans, but I've wasted way too much time searching. I'm sure they'll pop up as long as I'm not looking for them. LOL Roger
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PostPost by: pharriso » Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:20 am

Roger, thanks for your response.

Elan45 wrote: I made a pair of replacements from scrap aluminum sheet, cut close to the size of the originals, and I punched 2 starter holes 3/4 apart....


That's pretty much what I have done, I mounted 2 U shaped Tinnermans on a piece of Ali.
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Elan45 wrote:....and they will be on the inside of the car, where no one will see them. Screw heads are visible under hood (bonnet).


Technically they (the clips) should be in the engine bay as shown in the first picture so if the cable snaps you can still get the bonnet (hood) open if the cable snaps. Per this comment in the Workshop Manual:
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Still, I won't tell anyone if you don't!

Elan45 wrote:I'm not giving up on my original Tinnermans, but I've wasted way too much time searching. I'm sure they'll pop up as long as I'm not looking for them. LOL Roger


Funny How I am minus one & you have lost both... shame they now appear unobtainable. I'll keep my eyes open...
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PostPost by: Elan45 » Sat Apr 17, 2021 2:03 pm

When I took them apart a few years ago, they went into marked prescription vials. Should also have the mating screws in the same vial. Express Scripts used to use these nice amber translucent vials, that were great for this.

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PostPost by: pharriso » Sat Apr 17, 2021 2:37 pm

I’m sure you put them somewhere very safe :roll:
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Fri Apr 23, 2021 7:10 pm

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PostPost by: pharriso » Fri Apr 23, 2021 7:47 pm

Certainly looks like them, no dimensions mentionned though....

How do we order a few & not get clobbered for minimum order amount etc?
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PostPost by: pharriso » Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:11 pm

Your posting got me looking on the interweb again with google :-)

These look really good - https://www.huyett.com/search?searchtext=twin+speed+nut&searchmode=allwords

This is the #10:
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Let me get all of the measurements.... I do see a $50 minimum order though :-(
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:51 pm

£3.95 postage on the UK website I listed above, but no dimensions.

Maybe contact them for the dimensions?
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