Hood Latches, D shape vs Round

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Hood Latches, D shape vs Round

Postby Farrell Fox » Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:25 am

I bought a bunch of hood latches recently, and half are D shaped, half are round. On my Esslingen rebuilt MB, the fender latches are round shaped while the hood are D shaped. Is this a Ford vs Willys thing? People tend to say round is post war but is that really true?
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Re: Hood Latches, D shape vs Round

Postby nick peters » Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:55 pm

Hey Farrell
I think you will get an answer that anyone with a unaltered gpw or mb be it early or late is going to tell you D shape during ww2. Oil hole positions and shape of hole in the retaining brackets differences for gpw v mb, early v late have also been discussed at length here on 503. :)
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Re: Hood Latches, D shape vs Round

Postby lucakiki » Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:52 am

I have always considered the round ones as postwar made. However some guys who have round ones on their "perfect" jeep are lobbying to convince the crowd that round ones are correct. After all on a picture the feature is hidden! :D
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Re: Hood Latches, D shape vs Round

Postby Bill M » Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:36 pm

I have wondered this myself but have seen no concrete evidence to support round bodied catches for either Ford or Willys.
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Re: Hood Latches, D shape vs Round

Postby Farrell Fox » Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:49 pm

The four latches on my MZ-2 are all "D" shaped. It seems the general consensus is that the "D" shaped latches are WW2 and the round ones are purely post war. If that's the case then I'm three short of a complete set for the MZ-2.
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Re: Hood Latches, D shape vs Round

Postby Ben Dover » Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:14 pm

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Re: Hood Latches, D shape vs Round

Postby Mark Tombleson » Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:46 pm

As usual no one puts out any sort of part number or drawing number. :(

Are we discussing the A-2896?

MZ-2 has a different part number, A-3423

We also have a drawing - A-3701-D

Has anyone researched the later CJ or M series part numbers?

To find answers push some buttons on that keyboard! :shock: :wink:

Here look at this link and the link in it.

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Re: Hood Latches, D shape vs Round

Postby Farrell Fox » Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:18 pm

Mark,

I'm not sure what you intended for me to find in the link, but I found nothing definitive. As for the MB vs MZ-2 part numbers, aside from paint color, I assume their construction is the same. So unless they are not, the differences are moot. Using the search function on the G is pretty worthless unless you have a comment in a thread, additionally the older posts are often filled with BS. I'm simply looking for confirmation that the round style latches are not WW2 era.
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Re: Hood Latches, D shape vs Round

Postby Mark Tombleson » Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:47 pm

The purpose of my post was to show the part numbers involved, including post war CJ numbers.

There are individuals that look at threads that would be interested in looking for the information you want but they need the numbers to do a search. It takes time to search for the numbers and very little time to do a data search to see if a drawing is available.
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Re: Hood Latches, D shape vs Round

Postby Chuck Lutz » Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:12 am

Farrell....if you go with the "D" shaped no one will object. There may be some truth to the use of round latch tubes in later rebuild programs or retrofits or they may just be post war. Without any documentation to support the round style, I would ask the CJ boys what the early jeeps had on them as that would be past the MZ era anyway.
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Re: Hood Latches, D shape vs Round

Postby Ben Dover » Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:21 am

The 1945 CJ Parts list lists only 663548 for the Catch. It did not take long for the change. The Factory shows 663548 replacing the A-2896 in the 1956 price sheet.
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