So many aspects of the Heinkel were value engineered I’ve lost count. One that has come back to cause trouble for me is the rear cowl support. A little arm swings up and supports one side of the cowl under the hinge. Everything is a little flimsy in this arrangement.
|Heinkel Rear Bonnet Support Holder- a Flimsy Arrangement|
Unfortunately for me the use of this support has cracked my paint near the hinge above the bracket.
|Cracked Paint Where the Exterior Flexes|
I wanted to figure out a better way to support the cowl when I was working on my car (especially trying to adjust my Bing carburetor, but that’s another story). I came up with simple solution- a stick:
|Stick as Replacement Holder|
This is pretty simple. I determined the optimal opening size and cut a stick, to length, then cut a semicircle in the bottom so the stick could rest on the top of the shock mount. That way normal vibration would not dislodge the stick when I was running engine. The other end of the stick fits under the lip of the cowl.
|Holder in Place- One End on Shock Other End Under Cowl Lip|
- Length: 25.5″
- Diameter of circle at one end: 1 1/16″
- Width of stock (at shock absorber end): 7/8″
- Width of stock (at bonnet end): 3/4″