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Leda Bootlid

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Farmer John
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Leda Bootlid

Post by Farmer John » Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:28 am

Hi. The bootlid on my 1953 Leda is hinged at the front of course but the lid does not seem to open high enough. When open the lip is 1225mm from the ground which of course makes it dashed awkward to access the contents. Kneeling is the only way.
Could someone tell me whether that is normal or how high it should go. If that is the correct height it can stay like that, as much as can be seen of the hinges looks to be in perfect original condition.
Thanks, John.

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Re: Leda Bootlid

Post by Phillmore » Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:10 am

That's normal on the Conquest as well. After a few bruises on the back of the head you soon learn to adapt! I believe there is potential for a slight adjustment of the two springs but all mine have the same "design fault".
Andy

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ranald
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Re: Leda Bootlid

Post by ranald » Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:31 pm

I was browsing through a 1950 Autocar and found a review of the Lanchester 14. I attach one of the photographs from the article which shows the boot lid in the open position. All the best, Ranald
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Re: Leda Bootlid

Post by Big Col » Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:39 pm

In the fifties folk must of had short legs and long arms. :D
Colin,
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Re: Leda Bootlid

Post by theoldman » Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:33 pm

Ranald's pic shows one of the prototypes which has struts to hold up the boot and external hinges (which you can't see in the pic)

This was changed in the production run to the self - supporting springs and internal hinges as the powers that be felt the external ones spoiled the lines.

The work round solution is to get a yard brush handle, open the boot as far as it will go (do feel free to force it up an inch or two) and mark the brush handle where it is level with the bottom edge of the boot.

Cut a "V" in the brush handle and then use this as a prop when you open it.

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Normal for Norfolk

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Re: Leda Bootlid

Post by ranald » Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:38 am

Hi, Here’s another photo from the article in The Autocar (dated 13th Oct 1950). The boot is described as follows, “At the back of the body is a large inbuilt locker with its lid opening upwards on balanced hinges, and a separate compartment for the spare wheel beneath its floor”. The photo doesn’t seem to show external hinges.
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Farmer John
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Re: Leda Bootlid

Post by Farmer John » Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:20 am

Hello again, I thank you gentlemen very much for your replies. Looks like it stays as is, that is what I wanted to know.
John

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Re: Leda Bootlid

Post by Graham » Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:57 pm

I saw a conquest at a show and it had the boot opened a lot higher than normal, on investigation he had cut of the spring part of the hing and had installed a boot stay.

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Re: Leda Bootlid

Post by Farmer John » Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:59 am

Thanks Graham.
John

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Re: Leda Bootlid

Post by theoldman » Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:40 pm

There was more than one prototype, Ranald.
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