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Old 08-15-2019, 05:30 AM
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I can't believe that I am still waiting for the laser cutter.
He was asked to see if while imputing my drawing into his CAD system that he could try and improve the rear lift on the hinge and he did talk to me saying a simple improvement was not working as there was a degree of bind, so he wanted more time to figure out a smooth movement.
On my prototype it worked, however my pivot points where not rigid enough to show bind...

In the meantime I have taken to my VW Beetle latch and started minimising the junk on it.
I have removed a small lever (for a cable pull) which by doing so, destabilised the locking device, so added a small spring for stability and the darn thing works better than the OEM design.

I also shaved metal off and reduced bracket size and overhang as I want to reduce the foot print especially in the height department.
I have a stainless steel cradle in which I will install the latch mechanism.
So this is what I have so far...
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