This weekend, whilst making my weekly oil check, the passenger-side bonnet hinge sheared. Upon investigation, this is a rather common failure, even on the most recent GTV's.
This is very expensive to have repaired, as the replacement part (only £25 by itself) is also part of the door hinge assembly; replacement requires removing and re-hanging the door, as well as a respray of the part and mounting location.
The solution? Drill out the old rivet, turn down a coach bolt, drill a hole for a split pin and assemble with a couple of washers.
Despite being only an hour or so to fix (using domestic tools) when all the parts have been manufactured, I don't think many of us have access to the necessary lathes/pillar drills etc to make the parts.
Here's my solution...
I intend to make up kits with all necessary parts ready-machined (coach bolt, 2x washer, split pin) in pairs. If one hinge goes it's only a matter of time before the next one does. I think these are really useful items to have in the tool kit - just in case.
I'll do a pair of parts for £25 inc postage - the same as one replacement hinge, and £300 less than having it fitted. Potential saving for 2 hinges: £625 and a lost day at the garage.
If there is enough interest (over 50 pre-orders) I'll drop the price to £20. For ease of purchase I'll put them up on e-bay next week after getting an idea of numbers from this forum.
So - if you are interested, drop me an email at: email@example.com
with 'GTV bonnet hinge' in the title, and also pop a quick reply to this thread so we can all see if this is a good idea or not.
Thanks all, I hope this helps,