[DeTomaso] Front lid strut video

Mike Thomas mbefthomas at comcast.net
Sat Mar 26 18:52:34 EDT 2016

Mikael, or the list
Since you used and older strut, would a new one put too much strain on the front lid?  Since it's basically horizontal to the lid when it's closed, I would guess that the issue of strain on the screws holding the rod to the deck lid would be more of a concern.

Mike Thomas

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From: DeTomaso [mailto:detomaso-bounces at poca.com] On Behalf Of Mikael
Sent: Saturday, March 26, 2016 8:49 AM
To: 'Michael Shortt' <michaelsavga at gmail.com>
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Subject: Re: [DeTomaso] Front lid strut video

Michael, first I’ll paste what I put on PI Forum, that will cover most. It was also in PCNC mag:


So, have you ever like me worried that the front lid might due to wind blow up and then down as the rod fell out and then maybe damage the paint? And have you like me never thrown out anything DeTomaso, not even rear deck lid gas shocks that had gotten too weak?

If yes, here’s an easy modification to support the opening of the front lid. Use one of the weak rear lid gas shocks in the front! I don’t know if this modification has been done before, but I haven’t seen it. 

It fits perfectly on the lower part of the lid and bolted to the underside of the front trunk area. The two bolts in the trunk area will be invisible when I put my fire extinguisher back in the floppy bracket/holder, if you don’t have that, just have the bolts beneath the carpeting. The weak part right now is the bracket on the lid. There’s not enough material to drill and cut threads, so right now it’s only attached with screws. If they start to come loose, I’ll have to weld the bracket in place, very careful with just one weld at each end and wet rags on both sides of the lid to avoid paint being damaged by heat.

It took me an hour to install after some hours online finding the right brackets and bushings. It works perfectly, better than I had expected. The lid can stay up if on the last 10 inches upwards. Beneath that, it slowly closes, no banging down. Just like the rear lid actually.

Remember that the placement of the bracket on the underside of the trunk decides how high the lid opens. Mine opens exactly like when using the rod.


Which strut, remember it’s an old one that had gotten too weak for rear lid, see attached pictures. The bracket are from a Danish small-trailer producer, the important thing is that the strut must be able to swing its arc. Also note I’ve kept the rod. If in a storm the rod can just be squeezed into its hole, then that lid will stay open forever… Also also note that my radiater is not in original position, that made the geometry a lot easier.







Fra: Michael Shortt [mailto:michaelsavga at gmail.com]
Sendt: 26. marts 2016 16:40
Til: Mikael
Cc: detomaso at poca.com
Emne: Re: [DeTomaso] Front lid strut video


Outstanding modification.

Now you must spill your guts.

The strut's original application, model number, source.

Bracket source


Great job

Michael Shortt

On Mar 26, 2016 11:28 AM, "Mikael" <mikael_hass at mail.tele.dk> wrote:

   First time I had the Pantera out in the sun since installation, so I
   did this little video. Note that at the end I let go of the lid, so it
   closes by itself.




   1. https://youtu.be/YivbUKJUt7E


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