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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:08 am    Post subject: Zwitter early oval 53´ hood handle questions Reply with quote

Hi,
I have a march 53 oval with his original hood handle and recently found an extra one. Does somebody knows if there was différents model of handle, mine has no mark or logo outside but this one wears like a shell logo at the bottom.
As you can see it's marked with à vw and huf logo in the inner face.
Thanks you for the information you have about this 😊

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Zwitter early oval 53´ hood handle questions Reply with quote

somebody used too long of a bolt or omitted the washer, so the bolt cracked the chrome finish.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Zwitter early oval 53´ hood handle questions Reply with quote

Yes it'd à way to explain it but if you look closer it's perfectly symetric and seems to have been molded..
So I'd curious to get more information
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:50 am    Post subject: Re: Zwitter early oval 53´ hood handle questions Reply with quote

Yan mine is same design, but painted (body color), without surface fracture
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Zwitter early oval 53´ hood handle questions Reply with quote

Is your car a zwitter or an early oval? Zwitter hood handles are aluminum.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Zwitter early oval 53´ hood handle questions Reply with quote

Hi
Yes both i have are not steel, not sure that's aluminum too as heavy they are!
So, no idea about this mark?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:58 am    Post subject: Re: Zwitter early oval 53´ hood handle questions Reply with quote

made of pewter like door handles.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Zwitter early oval 53´ hood handle questions Reply with quote

Zwitter hood handles were solid aluminum. The next design was this one, in chrome plated pot metal. Shortly afterwards, the backside of the handle was hollowed out somewhat. I doubt that the feature in question is a mark. it looks more like damage from overtightening the screw, followed by the chrome layer fracturing at the highest stress points.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Zwitter early oval 53´ hood handle questions Reply with quote

pot metal is the correct English expression !
car in question is an early oval, so thinking door and hood handles both should be pot metal.
I also think that the 'mark' comes from overstressing. Pot metal does strange things when overtightened. not qite like cast iron, but it stretches a bit and than cracks suddenly with rough cracks.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Zwitter early oval 53´ hood handle questions Reply with quote

Hi,
Had a look closer today and fitted a screw, seems what you said could be the right theory Very Happy
Thank you for the help
Yan

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