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    With the build progressing nicely and stuff everywhere I thought I'd better tidy up a bit, so I made this 'work station':



    The trolley is ex-computer which I used to have my MIG on (before upgrading to a BOFO TIG) which cost me about $5, and a small filing cabinet bought this week for $5. Add a few nuts & bolts and voila!

    The cabinet holds loose tools, and the shelves are really handy for parts etc where you're working on the car.
    I'm going to add a multi-socket extension lead on the side for power tools etc.

    Back as you were.....

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    More flange:
    A while ago you may remember I bought a large fibreglass box, which when cut up gave me one huge and 4 large flat fibreglass panels.
    I dragged one of these from it's storage and cut it into these:



    To make return flanges for the glass front to give the bonnet something to seal against/clip to.
    When glassed in and smoothed out a bit they look like this:







    What has transpired during all of these front end mods is that the whole front end is at least 25mm too short, and on one side that is more than 35mm. the back of the bonnet is also 25mm too wide. No sweat as I don't mind fibreglassing (just as well), but the bonnet gaps at the moment are almost laughable:



    Still, it should look hard when it's done!


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    i think Terrifying a better description
    Bicester scramble ,Medusa enjoyed the trip.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-7I7-nA19U

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    would it be easier to slide the bonnet back to the scuttle where it's the right width and just extend the front? at least it's a smaller area to alter.
    need a job done on your project? i may be able to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mygasser View Post
    would it be easier to slide the bonnet back to the scuttle where it's the right width and just extend the front? at least it's a smaller area to alter.
    No, it's way too wide even if it's pulled right the way back.
    I'm going to split the bonnet both lengthways and crossways and then glass it back together the right size.
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    Tackling the metal-worm. Part 1.
    Having cut the rear wheelarch flanges from the car it was evident they needed some tender loving care.
    They had been repaired a few times in the life of the car, and the build-up of metal on metal (or rust on rust) was enough to keep the arches a few mm from seating flush.
    This is the left-hand flange:







    The panel was cut from forward of the rear 4 mount holes, and a new piece bashed out of 1.6mm steel:





    This was butt-welded in place and smoothed off. The original captive nuts were saved and welded to the new panel:







    There were a couple of other dodgy areas that were cut out and replaced:



    And the front of the arch (also rotten) was cut out and extended to suit the new arch position:



    One down, one to go!

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    Back to the badly fitting bonnet.
    This was split both lengthways and sideways, and then screwed back together (and screwed to the car).
    The picture shows the amount of material that needed to be added:





    And then some hours later:



    Getting there!

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    If it helps for comparison, my bonnet from the screen edge to the groove where the grill shell is measures 33.25 inches.
    Your original looked very short, it looks more in keeping now you have stretched it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackpopracing View Post
    If it helps for comparison, my bonnet from the screen edge to the groove where the grill shell is measures 33.25 inches.
    Your original looked very short, it looks more in keeping now you have stretched it.
    Yes. Best guess is that the front was moulded from an accident damaged car. The right-hand wing is perfect in length and shape, but everywhere else

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    The right-hand arch panel was far worse than the left-hand. Almost 80% of this is now new metal:



    I've also now got the new rear vallance and sill panels:



    And some other stuff:





    Father's day netted me a new(er) set of slicks for the back, and the custom anodising of my hose fittings, now in matt silver, all thanks to my daughter Eleanor:


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