I just slam the thing. For you pedantic types, call it an “assisted drop.”
Slam the bonnet, shut the boot gently - that’s MY motto. Going around to
the grille is an unnecessary trip. With a bit of practice, you will soon
learn the exact amount of “assist” to provide for reliable latching.
As for hand prints, what about the hand print on the polished grille?
Slamming the bonnet from the side avoids all hand prints.
Just be careful that you haven’t left anything that protrudes UP if you use
the slam, er “assisted drop” method. That possibility IS a point in favor
of the otherwise sissy-looking grille pull approach if you’re the forgetful
type. Not that Gregory is forgetful, of course.
One ADVANTAGE of the “assisted drop” approach is that it looks as if you
are unconcerned about the whole affair - I would think Dwyer would select
it for that reason alone!
'67 E Type Coupe
'76 XJ6C - been slamming for over 10 years now
PS: Even my 7 year-old is strong enough to use the “assisted drop” method,
though she’s too short to do it unless she climbs up a ladder which is not
recommended due to the possibility of falls.
PPS: I DO use the grille pull if I happen to be AT the grille when I finish
whatever I’m doing that required the bonnet to be opened.--------
Dr Gregory Andrachuk wrote:
Yes, Alan, you are correct. In other places they omit the mention of the
hand on the bonnet; it is unnecessary unless you are weak, in fact. The
strange thing is, if you are not strong enough (and it does not require any
real strength) to close the bonnet by pulling up at the grille, you are
unlikely to have a reach long enough to help by pushing on the bonnet. And
what of the hand print, and/or the dirt on your hand? The bonnet is balanced
so that a smart tug on the grille will close it firmly. Our friend Jeb has
another technique: he pulls up on the inner headlamp cowling. This works
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