In reply to a message from Cros sent Wed 5 Nov 2008:
Thanks for the detailed info. Yes, I am aware of the many
problems with the wiring, as I found the wires cut by the RH
hood mechanism and a PO had completely forgotten about it so
my current headliner has no hole for the lamp. But I suspect
I should find the wires or even just one wire in there and
my plan was to pull a lead wire with the help of the remains
of the old wires.
I have a lamp (E-type FHC or 2+2) that uses the same lense
and has a festoon style bulb and bulb holder, so like I
wrote I was planning on fabricating of brown weatherproof
plywood a base that would have the correct (roughly) shape
with the ribbing on the sides and painting it brown.
I have seen in the old factory shots of a MKV DHC on the
assembly line that they had the lamp mounted already before
the hood was finished, the back light (rear window) was
still totally missing at that stage!
Here’s a picture I took of the black MKV DHC at JDHT last
BTW is the zipper in the hood a customised one or something
they did in those days? My car has an identical (stuck!)
zipper in the hood, although I know this hood was made in
Colorado in the late 1970’s and is not very original in
The idea about putting these two wires inside some sort of
rubber tube inside the hood where the mechanism might rub
them is very good, but I think finding a route where the
wires would not get caught between the bars is yet more
important, although it may be impossible like you say…
Anyhow, thanks for the help, I’ll report back if I get my
light working and for how long.
I am not sure I have the wood molding and how the screws
should ‘‘pass around the main hood bow’’ but I will cut the
headliner where I think the lamp should go in and see what I
can find inside.
Pekka T. - 647194–
The original message included these comments:
Firstly, it is almost impossible to attempt any fabrication of the
outer hood or head lining without having this light in place. The
mounting screws pass around the main hood bow into the wood
Secondly, the wiring to the light needs to be fixed to the wood
bow moulding so it cannot flap around when the hood is lowered. In
order to minimise the number of wires floating about, I used some
twin figure eight wire and super glued this to the wooden moulding.
It is impossible to get at any of this wiring once the hood and
headlining are in place.
Finally, this light wiring connects into the harness connector
MKV 3.5L DHC, E-type 2+2 Ser.1 MOD, XJ6C MOD, XJ8 Executive
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