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    Champion Member Manta22's Avatar
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    That is a very fast-opening way to raise the headlights. Your video explains it very well. Nice looking assistant, too.

    On MANTA 2, the manual pop-up mechanism had been removed because the Mustang II front suspension conversion interfered with their original raising handle. I replaced it with a small linear actuator that raised both headlights. It was a small 24V surplus item marked "TWA Airlines" !
    Regards, Neil Tucson, AZ

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    Door Support

    I got tired of replacing the gas struts on my Black Mirage and finally hit upon a very simple method of holding the upper doors in a raised position. These are coil springs intended for marine applications to hold open hatches and access doors. The principle is this: In compression, a long coil spring acts like a column when it is coil-bound but if it is pushed sideways just a little, it collapses. This works great in my application. I used a 9/16" dia stainless steel coil spring, 10 1/4 " long on my driver's side upper door and to open it, I use my left hand to push up the door past the point where the spring kicks in straight and then let go. The door stays raised until I push on the spring and it allows the door to be closed. This should work with your door latch approach, Dave.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077QWB7TX/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    Regards, Neil Tucson, AZ

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    Thanks for the idea, I like it

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