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OTS (Roadster) Soft Top Brackets

OTS (Roadster) Soft Top Brackets

 Hi to all,
Could anyone confirm that the brackets that bolt to each side of the car
immediately behind the door and which are the pivot points for the soft
top frame, are these brackets body color or black. Is the bolt which is
actual pivot pin  and large special washer painted or left unpainted
Thanks to anyone who can answer.
Neville Laing

I'm pretty confident that the bolt is painted grey. The large washer was
probably unpainted (cad plated?). There should be somebody out there who
could confirm this.

Mike Carpenter/ XK-140MC OTS

The washer in my car was cad plated.  The bolt was painted gray.  It
appeared to be the same color gray that the seat frames and the top frame
were painted.

Robert A. Orem


If it's not too much trouble - can you tell me the number and order of
the washers on the hood pivot bolt. I believe that one of the washers is
also a "waive" washer. I took mine apart and now I can't remember the
assembly order.

Mike Carpenter

Hi Mike,

There are two washers: a thin one which is less than a 1/16 " and appears
to be chrome plated, and a thick one which is nearly 1/8" and appears to
be cadmium plated.  The thin one goes directly under the bolt, then comes
the top frame, then the thick washer.

The only caveat is that my car had the top replaced before I bought it.
So it could have been disassembled.  However the wear patterns on the
washers hinted that the pieces were original and had not been taken

Hope this helps.

Bob Orem

P.S.  I answered your request once, but unfortunately my wife was on the
phone and the transmission failed - the nerve of her.  So, you could get
two replies to your request.

Neville,  The late 120 had the same hood as the 140 OTS, and the pivot bolt
itself was chromed on the 120 (same with the washer, I think).  But the
hoodsticks on at least some of these 120s were chromed (not true of all 120s)
and the 140 was light grey, so maybe these fine details did not come over
unchanged to the 140, as Mike Carpenter suggests.  The bracket - I would be
surprised if it were other than body colour tho it is a bolt on part (but then,
I am often surprised).  Any indication it was not body colour on your car?
Actually, I have so far been unable to find that bracket in the 120 or 140 parts
book.   Were the photocopies I sent of any help and are there any (or all) that
you would be helped by having photos of?
        By the way, has anyone ever seen the satchel (listed as BD 10956) that
held the 140 OTS side curtains for storage? It is illustrated in the parts book
(not easy to make out).  This would have to be a rare part.  Do Bartletts supply
these with their re-trim kits?
        Regards, John Elmgreen

I don't know if Bartlett has them, but Bill Basset supplies them......
Lee Eggers

My late -140 hoodstick is chromed, not grey. I just ordered a repro side
curtain bag from Bill Bassett in Rhode Island.  He claims that it is the
original design.


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