Gas Strut Installation

 

Boot Lid Strut

Boot Lid Strut

My friend Steve Thomton has an on-line gas strut business. So, it was only natural that he should come up with the bracketing and appropriate strut to install a strut in the boot of a Healey. As always, Steve’s work is of the highest quality. The components in Steve’s kit are remarkably well made. At the time I am writing this, he sells his kit for $129.00 which I consider a bargain. The kit consists of four primary components: the boot lid bracket, the shroud bracket, the shroud brace, and the strut with appropriate mounting hardware. Steve furnished excellent written instructions making the installation straight forward. Everything was in place and operational in under an hour.

I love this additional “personalization” of  The Bloody Beast and would recommend it to everyone. It is so much more convenient than the folding rod as originally supplied.

This is a link to the instruction pdf: Trunk Gas Strut Install Instructions

These are the brackets fabricated by Steve:

Shroud Bracket

Shroud Bracket

Boot Lid Bracket with Collar Nuts

Boot Lid Bracket with Collar Nuts

Boot Lid Bracket

Boot Lid Bracket

These are the collar nuts and split washers used at the boot lid bracket:

Collared Nuts, Split Washers

Collared Nuts, Split Washers

These are installation images (the last one in Steve’s car ( I didn’t have the creativity to take a delayed shutter shot in the boot with the lid closed!)

Lower Brace

Lower Brace

Strut Installed at Boot Lid

Strut Installed in Boot Lid of Steve’s BJ7

4 thoughts on “Gas Strut Installation

  1. Lin

    What is the small computer like fan with a hose in Bill’s trunk? I have thought about rigging something like this on my MK2 to cool the carbs.

    • Hi Gerard,
      You nailed it.That is a computer fan. Steve’s car is highly modified. On the other side of the bulkhead between the boot and the back seat area, He located a sound system amplifier and some other heat generating electronics. It was all placed in a closed custom made cabinet. These electronics were heat generators so he vented that heat to the boot.

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