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Does anyone know why my TF roof only folds back about 80% then gets stuck?? I can't see anything that is stopping it??

Thanks :)
 

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Hood lock... Very common problem.

Grab hold of the first rail behind the front of the hood (the one over the drivers head) and as you push the hood backwards, move this bar back as well. The hood should then fold flat.
 

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Hood lock... Very common problem.

Grab hold of the first rail behind the front of the hood (the one over the drivers head) and as you push the hood backwards, move this bar back as well. The hood should then fold flat.
And buy some new elastic tape and sew it into the old tape around that 1st rail and back to the 2nd rail. Ther is a direction somwhere on how to do this but cannot find the site address.
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Hood lock... Very common problem.

Grab hold of the first rail behind the front of the hood (the one over the drivers head) and as you push the hood backwards, move this bar back as well. The hood should then fold flat.
it is the elastic gone weak at the back of the webbing....you can cure this by buying new elastic straps..easy to fit and cost about £10
 

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it is the elastic gone weak at the back of the webbing....you can cure this by buying new elastic straps..easy to fit and cost about £10
thats only if the elastic straps were retro fitted in the first place, certainly up to 2004, none were fitted at the factory, not sure about 05 and the LE's etc.
 

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thats only if the elastic straps were retro fitted in the first place, certainly up to 2004, none were fitted at the factory, not sure about 05 and the LE's etc.
Pete,

All of the hoods have elastic fitted to the top of the webbing between the first and second rail. If you slip your hand between the hood fabric and the webbing you can feel it. It's this that deteriorates through time and fails to pull the front bar back. As has been said many times the easy solution is to gently pull the front rail back when you are lowering the hood and it will fall back into place and the whole lot drops down into the hood well. However, this is not how the hood was intended to operate and it's a pain having to remember to do it every time. At some point (can't remember the exact date) MGR recalled a batch of TFs because they were getting complaints about holes in the hood fabric. The solution was to fit elastic straps to the hood frame to stop the folded material being pinched in a scissor action by the frame. It was soon realised that these straps also cured the "hood lock-up" problem that many MGF and TF owners suffered. If you bought them in the MGR parts department you could pay anything up to £30 for a pair and so they weren't that popular because of the cost. I actually have a pair and found them a real pain to fit and I was always worried about the metal clips wearing a hole in the hood material.

Anyway a few years ago I was helping a friend fit a new hood cover to the existing frame of his MGF and it suffered from hood lock-up. As an experiment we stuck some Velcro to bits of elastic and this worked a treat, well at least for a couple of weeks when it fell to bits. I then bought some proper materials and had the Velcro sewn to the elastic. These were much easier to fit than the MGR straps and didn't have any bits of metal that could damage the hood. Before I knew it other people were asking for pairs of these straps and eventually I started selling them on Ebay. It was after this that I noticed that all of the MGR straps that had been lying on shelves for years started to get advertised at a much reduced price.

So if you are having problems with your hood not going down, the easiest and cheapest solution is to just pull the bar back every time you lower the hood or fit additional elastic straps for about £10. I still have reservations about the ones with the metal fixings (mine are lying in my garage) but I would certainly say that it is worthwhile fitting new elastic straps to make the hood fold down the way it was intended. Oh and remember that straps have the added benefit of stopping the material being pinched by the frame and they therefore stop holes forming.
 

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I have tried lifting the bar and dropping the hood but it still sticks. I used to have an intermittent problem but now it wont open at all can anybody help.

Also can anybody recommend a good garage in NE London that specialises in MG sports cars Thanks
 

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Hi Guys,

Does anyone know why my TF roof only folds back about 80% then gets stuck?? I can't see anything that is stopping it??

Thanks :)
Hi you say you have tried all of the above and it doesnt work,

check the mechanism which folds behind the seats there are a lot of swivel/pivot points there, they can wear and break. so the frame isnt solid.
 

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Hi

I have tried lifting the bar and dropping the hood but it still sticks. I used to have an intermittent problem but now it wont open at all can anybody help.

Also can anybody recommend a good garage in NE London that specialises in MG sports cars Thanks

Post No.1 !! Welcome to .org! Sorry I can't help with NE London.

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you two obviously haven't looked at the OP's post date have you :lol:
G0MRL had the right idea replying to the new post actually, but I think the sun has got to Steve! :lol:

EDIT: Sir Pete what are you upto, i've now quoted a post that no longer exists! :lol:
 

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G0MRL had the right idea replaying to the new post actually, but I think the sun has got to Steve! :lol:
having re-read, I think Steve had a senior moment and quoted the wrong post ;) which is why I deleted my post that everyone and his dog is now quoting :lol:, still, the god pic was funny :lol:
 
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