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Hodges33
post 14th January 2009 14:58
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My bonnet stay has recently come away from the mounting point, therefore needing to get a new 1. I was just woundering whether how difficult and how useful would hydrolic lifters (like the supports on the tailgate) would be to fit on either side of the bonnet and engine bay. I spend enough time (and im sure alot of other people do) under the bonnet i thought it could be useful. I just noticed it on my merc and it doesnt look like rocket science to do.

Let me know on your thoughts or if anyone else has done ie or thought about it.
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post 14th January 2009 19:23
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I've got them on both the 156 and 147. They do make life easier, I often thought about fitting some to the 145, can't be hard to do.


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post 14th January 2009 23:30
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QUOTE(Jim145 @ 14th January 2009 19:23) *
I've got them on both the 156 and 147. They do make life easier, I often thought about fitting some to the 145, can't be hard to do.


Can you buy kits from somewhere??
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post 15th January 2009 00:04
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QUOTE(Cloverleaf Phil @ 14th January 2009 23:30) *
Can you buy kits from somewhere??

Not specifically for a 145 but if you can work out the best places to mount the ball joints and the length of struts needed you can buy all the parts you need from somewhere like this...

http://www.strutsdirect.co.uk


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post 15th January 2009 20:29
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just get the bits off a scrap 156....
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post 16th January 2009 10:11
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QUOTE(purple @ 15th January 2009 20:29) *
just get the bits off a scrap 156....

How woud you go about finding the ideal positions to fix them to the car, so that they would hold the bonnet open but then alow it to shut?
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post 20th January 2009 19:08
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QUOTE(Cloverleaf Phil @ 16th January 2009 10:11) *
How woud you go about finding the ideal positions to fix them to the car, so that they would hold the bonnet open but then alow it to shut?


Trial and error I would think! Can't be too hard to look at how much space there is and the angles involved etc!


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post 20th January 2009 19:42
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how about measuring the mounting points from the 156 you take em off ?
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post 25th February 2009 22:51
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I just pilfered this picture from AO of the 146 V6 conversion. It has gas struts fitted to the bonnet and you can clearly see the mounting points that have been used on both the bonnet and the inner wings...

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The struts themselves are standard bonnet struts from an Alfa 156. They bolt to the front hinge location hole and an existing hole on the inner wing.


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post 27th April 2009 22:17
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right guys, im gonna try this.

have just bought 2 156 bonnet struts from fleabay.

when they are fitted il let ya know how it goes.


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post 28th April 2009 19:09
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I'm interested in this, please keep us updated.

Going to scrapyard tomorrow so will see if i can rob some parts and get some measurements.


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post 5th May 2009 19:46
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right, struts have arrived.

making a quick trip to the local scrappy cos i know they have a 156 there, need the balls that the struts fit to.

will only be a few quid.

did all 156s have bonnet struts??




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post 3rd July 2009 10:07
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Hi mate

How did you get on with this?

I just lifted my bonnet stay up and it was corroded at the pivot so its just ripped straight off so thinking of doing the same thing
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post 3rd July 2009 13:25
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QUOTE(Darbs666 @ 3rd July 2009 11:07) *
How did you get on with this?

They're all fitted. Will posted the results here...

http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?showtopic=14723


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post 3rd July 2009 14:16
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Cheers G
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post 24th July 2009 07:44
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Bringing this old one back.

Embarrasingly the bonnet stay bung has came out last night whilst showing a friend my plans.

Do you have a detailed picture or could you take one of the mounting points for the struts?


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post 24th July 2009 08:54
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Do you have a detailed picture or could you take one of the mounting points for the struts?

The struts just mount to the existing hinge mounting points on the bonnet and to an existing bolt point on the inner wing. If you click on the picture in post #9 of this thread to see a full sized view, you will see exactly which points the struts bolt to wink.gif


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I didnt realise it went that big (OOOOOOOOoooooo) Cheers GE.

Would i have to get struts from another bonnet like the 156? Or could i find some BOOT struts? Is there different pressures to cope with the weight?


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post 20th March 2012 00:58
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Additional -

Use 156 bonnet struts
156 ball joints and 8mm nuts to clamp them to the hole above the header tank and symmetrical hole on the other side.
Thinner part of the strut at the bottom black thicker part att to the bonnet.
164 bonnet strut ball joints screw straight into the hinge bolt holes without the need to retap bigger holes.
And bish bash bosh smile.gif
I've done it to my last 3 145's


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post 20th March 2012 05:32
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QUOTE(JasonHillAO @ 20th March 2012 00:58) *
Additional -

Use 156 bonnet struts
156 ball joints and 8mm nuts to clamp them to the hole above the header tank and symmetrical hole on the other side.
Thinner part of the strut at the bottom black thicker part att to the bonnet.
164 bonnet strut ball joints screw straight into the hinge bolt holes without the need to retap bigger holes.
And bish bash bosh smile.gif
I've done it to my last 3 145's

I always meant to do this to mine so I'm interested in these. Not really sure what they're worth though so please PM me with what price you are after and we'll see if we can do a deal. Cheers smile.gif


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