TR engine deck lid alignment & latch adjustment.                                                   Courtesy Ferrari Chat contributors
 
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TR engine deck lid alignment & latch adjustment?

Reading and posting other threads relating to the engine deck lid have prompted me to post another thread. This one concerns latch adjustment and alignment. My deck lid is slightly shifted to the driver's side when looking at the gaps at the rear quarter panels. The only way I can see to move it is to loosen the hinges - is there a trick or pitfall to doing this? Also, the latches do capture the lid and hold it down, but most times when I want to raise the lid, I pull the lever and hear the latches release, but when I go around to the rear to raise the lid up the latches are still trying to retain the lid down. Is the deck lid supposed to pop upwards slightly upon latch release, as if spring loaded?
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Mine is to the pass side...

I will be watching this post as I have been wondering the same thing on deck alignment. When I pull my release the hatch lifts ever so slightly as the latches release tension. Looking at it you would never know that it was "open". Never had it not release with a single pull.

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I just had my hood off and reinstalled it. I was concerned about alignment but it wasn't that difficult. Snug the bolts up a little but not too tight. Bring the lid down and see if it needs to go forward, back, or to either side. Raise it and slightly loosen the bolts and make a small adjustment. Try again, you'll finally get it and then tighten the bolts for the final time.

All the time I was lowering the hood I had another person at the front watching that there wasn't contact of the hood with any other sheet metal that would cause paint damage.

The latch is adjustable by loosening one or both of the bolts. I had the fiberglass shield off but don't know if this is necessary. Real easy. I lubricate it with silicone spray regularily so it unlatches easy. Mine doesn't pop up any when I pull the release, but has always been unlatched where I could raise it.

(Will be home the first of the week to get the fan switch pic and elec schematic)
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Just a follow-up:

I was having a very difficult time trying to adjust the latches to "clasp" the decklid down, while having the decklid seat down against the rubber cone-shaped stops, and when pulling the release cable trying to get the latches to "click" open and release the decklid. There are many variables to address to get things working right. I soon realized that the latches were kinda "gummy" and dirty and didn't always work properly. So I removed both latches, and cleaned them up in a container of WD-40, along with all the nuts, bolts, and washers. Once things were clean, I reassembled the latches and bolted them back onto the car. I set the latches in a "rough" position and semi-tightened things up, and shut the decklid carefully, still I could not get things to work out. I then discovered that the large washers that clamp things in place were not flat anymore, but shaped like a cone or funnel, and when I tighted things up they kept putting things back in the same "old" location, no matter how I tried to adjust things. So I took everything apart and re-assembled making sure to flip the washers around so they don't "pilot" things back to the same old spot. Another thing I noticed was that the release cable barely move the release rod, so that needed adjustment too. At the same time I decided to try the emergency release cable to see if it opened the latches. I grabbed the cable loop located under the driver's side rear window and pulled - it wouldn't budge. I finally gave it several VERY hard tugs and suddenly it was free. Another problem was that the right side of the decklid was too high when shut....I had the rubber stopper adjusted down as far as it would go. I finally had to remove the locking nut and just screw the rubber stop down all the way to the frame. Once this was done the decklid was perfectly lined up with the right quarter panel, for once something went right. Finally to get the latches positioned right, I positioned them a little upward of where I knew they needed to be, and snugged them up slightly. Then I shut the decklid and let the closing motion set the height of the latches. I then pulled the emergency cable and to my delight heard both latches "click" and release the decklid. I then raised the lid up and tightened the latches down. Then I clamped the "normal" release cable down. I then did several openings and closings and everything is great. It is important to get several things right before just jumping in and adjusting the latch positions. First make sure that when the decklid is shut, it is firmly on the rubber-cone-stops and it is the same height as both rear quarter panels. If it isn't, you need to adjust the rubber stops. Then make sure both latches are working properly and move freely, if they are dirty gummy like mine were you should clean them. Finally make sure that both normal and emergency cables move freely. At first I figured that this would be an easy job, but to get everything perfect it took me quite a while. Now when the decklid is shut...you can't move it up and down at all, no slop...it is tight against the stops, and tight in the latches. When I pull the release lever the latches release immediately - the cable hardly moves at all before I hear the "clicks". I'm very happy. Just thought I'd share this with everyone.
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Thanks for the tips Jeff......I have a similar situation that I have obsessed for hours with and the washer flip and the cleaning may very well correct......Thanks, Kerry
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Hi Kerry...I'm sure it will do the trick for you. Again I must say that this seemingly easy job took quite a bit of effort. But it is soooo nice to have everything work perfectly. No more embarassment at the local cruise when it might take two people to open the deck lid, one to pull and hold the release while another raises the lid. Good Luck.
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