Whenever doing any work on my Jaguar that required removal of the hood (bonnet), I needed someone to help me remove the hood. In addition, due to projects that often require the hood to be off the vehicle for an extended period, the problem then is to find a place to store the hood. Using another bay of my garage for hood storage was not a viable option. As my wife has become more reluctant to spend her life in the garage, I had to devise a solution. The solution? Pull the hood straight up to the ceiling, and leave it there until the project was finished. Then lower the hood directly onto the mounting hinges.
You will need to purchase two 6-inch long screws, two 5-inch lengths of 1/2-inch pipe, (do not use copper, its too soft), four 2" long eye threaded hooks and two open/closed rings and some heavy-duty twine. 200 pounds test weight should be sufficient. You will also need some flat iron to fabricate brackets that attach to the front and rear of the bonnet.
First, park the car in the exact position you will be working on it and, using a permanent marker, mark the position of the front wheels. (Pictured below)
Using a string and a weight mark a location on the ceiling directly above the two front hinge brackets and the rear hood locking pins. Screw in the eyehooks into the ceiling at the locations marked. Be sure to position the car so you are screwing the hooks into a wood beam. If no beams are available, span the joists with a piece of wood. Attach one "S" hook to twine, loop through the two front eye hooks and attach the end to another "S" hook. Attach "S" hooks to bonnet mounting brackets (fabricated earlier). Duplicate the process at the rear of the hood. Attach twine to brackets as shown in photographs below.
The first project required protection between bonnet and twine.
Subsequent to the first project, I relocated. In reinstalling the hood hoist system I fabricated stand-offs that do not require protecting the hood. (Pictured below)
Attach open/closed rings also to rope that will be used to pull the bonnet up.
Below is a photograph of the hoist system installed in my garage in Florida. To raise hood, pull alternately front, then back of ropes. Tie each rope off between pulls.
Tie off rope on something secure. You don't want the hood to come crashing down on tour head..
Now that's what I'm talking about.The bonnet is out of the way. Work light is not an issue. Wife is happy shopping. When completed, just lower bonnet back into position. Pull ropes out of the way and tie off. Trust me, you will need this hoist system again.
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