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Postby Alchemist » Sat Apr 01, 2017 3:12 pm

Hi All, Sorry if this has been asked before but I did cast my eye down the previous topics and couldn't find any reference. I have just purchased a very nice and well restored Morris 1000 (1961). On inspection it does look as if it has suffered from storage and a little neglect as all of the hinges and catches are very dry. I have successfully lubricated said hinges and door catches with lithium grease, however I cannot for the life of me open the bonnet! It was open yesterday when I viewed the car but since getting it home I cannot seem to shift it. I have found the bonnet release cable under the dashboard (I think) and given that a tug, but it does not want to release the bonnet catch. Is there a knack to opening these (like there is to start her)? or failing that is there an effective alternative method of releasing the catch? I have tried getting underneath but have only succeeded in scratching the paint off the radiator grill. I suspect that it is just dry and have given it a health spray of WD40 and Grease in the hope that this will free it up. Any suggestions welcome from a very new owner. Thanks in advance
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Re: Bonnet Release

Postby plastic orange » Sat Apr 01, 2017 3:19 pm

It's not a cable - have you been pulling wires? It is a metal rod located on the drivers side under the dash close to the bulkhead. The metal rod is formed into a handle in the cab and pulls directly onto the bonnet release mechanism.

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Re: Bonnet Release

Postby Alchemist » Sat Apr 01, 2017 3:29 pm

Thanks you are right have found it! I was following what the handbook indicated was the bonnet release a knob on a bracket between the steering column and heater control knob under the parcel shelf...I wonder if this is to do with the heater then???? Once again thanks for your help :roll:
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Re: Bonnet Release

Postby old english white » Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:59 pm

Yes, the knob you've been pulling controls the fresh air intake - I suggest you get yourself an owners handbook ;)
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Re: Bonnet Release

Postby Alchemist » Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:33 pm

haha as I mentioned I was using the handbook that came with the car...I can only think that I miss read the diagram, which was only a line drawing and to be honest did have the knob that I thought was the release located a bit further along the parcel shelf...still never mind, as they say on TV "Should have gone to spec savers..."...lol :lol:
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Re: Bonnet Release

Postby DaveS » Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:26 pm

Nothing like the learning curve.
We've all done been there just ask away.
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Re: Bonnet Release

Postby Alchemist » Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:22 pm

Thanks Dave..to be honest the fresh air control knob looked like the bonnet release knob that I had on the MG so had little reason to question my logic but felt really stupid when I put my hand under the dashboard and found the handle as described above... as you say learning curves are great... I have been with modern cars far too long can't wait to get to know my Morris better......looking forward to the Summer and all those car shows and autojumbles
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