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Folding of Mohair Hoods
The RV8 driver's handbook states that the car's hood should not be left down for more than one week at a time.
I am aware that leaving a vinyl hood folded for any length of time is not recommended, but have spoken to classic car enthusiasts who tell me this should not be a problem with mohair.
Have any owner's left their hoods folded for extended periods during the summer months and, if so, with what outcome?
To date, I have tended to leave the hood up for at least 24 hours before folding it again. Once the good weather arrives (?) it would be much more convenient if I was not to have to keep putting the hood up and down on a regular basis.
Christopher Allan
02/06/2012 @  15:48
Under topic: RV8
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Folding of Mohair Hoods
I don't think there is a problem here, Christopher. I put down my RV8 hood around May time and don't put it back up till October. Clearly I take care of the rear window zip lubicating it and never use it unless the hood is without any tension. I check the hinges for tightness and that they are oiled. I also have a bolster along the rear edge of the hood which allows a curve to form so that the rear window does not develop a crease. When I put the hood down, I take particular care to see that the folds are neat and that nothing is pinched. Cleaning my hood is thus not really necessary simply because it is not exposed to the elements although I did clean it initially and applied waterproofing from Renova. I do have some very small adhesive buffers where the hinge arms contact one another when the hood is down to eliminate any potential rattle or friction. I use a full tonneau which hides anything on the rear axle parcel shelf when it is folded down behing the seats.
Peter Garton
03/06/2012 @  15:20
Folding of Mohair Hoods
I use insulation foam from a plumber's merchant available in metre lengths, pre cut along the length ready to slot into position referred to by Peter
Hugh Boddington
04/06/2012 @  05:09
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