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    Quote Originally Posted by evo mrt View Post
    ... Please show me some photos of you bonnet id love to see it...

    OK, here goes...

    The front nose was cut, as it wasn't square.



    The entire driver's side wing was cut off and repositioned.



    A section of the lower valance was cut off, reshaped & repositioned.



    The profile of the grille opening edge was reshaped.



    Mounting points for front indicators were added.



    Fitted a new wider radiator and then found the cap was now slightly higher and fouled the bonnet.



    Made a "bulge" to clear that.



    The rear bonnet edge had to be extended and re-profiled as I had changed the scuttle area.



    Similar story on the rear bonnet corners.



    Which leaves me with a bonnet looking like this, and I still need to re-profile the wheel arches and tidy up the shut line.



    Mind you, if you think the bonnet needed a lot of work, that was nothing compared to creating the boot lit from scratch.



    Cheers, Paul.

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    If you'd like, I can edit/remove these photos (after you've seen them) to keep your build thread "clean".

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    Yes, I followed your dads route and got caught out, so now its Biva
    As you say if built to pass its fairly easy,now Ive got some headaches ahead trying to get it to pass without altering it significantly. I will manage it but its not going to be that cheap to do.
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    Good work Paul lots of hours already in your project.
    I do like how your head rests taper away and down and i like your rad cap power bulge shape.
    And it looks great all filled and nearly finished.
    I know what you are saying about making your own boot from scratch.
    We made the whole body from scratch in 1 piece i will have to see if i have some photos to post up on here.
    We had our chassis to work from and built a wooden skeleton frame for the body shape onto it then we got some sheets of thin ply wood that we could bend over the skeleton and fix to skeleton. then a plasterer friend came round and coved the whole wodden body in plaster to help make the shape and loose all the joins in the wood then got a special wax and rubbed that into the plaster to try to allow the separation of the fibreglass from mould at a later date.
    Unfortunately we couldn't get the fibreglass body to separate from the mould underneath.
    We had to make the body in reverse of how you should normally do it.
    normally the mould would be on the outside and you would fibreglass on the inside so that you have the smooth finish on the exterior easer to prep for painting.
    So the mould had to get broken up with a hammer crowbar tyre lever and long big flat screwdriver to separate the fibreglass from it.
    I forget how long the body took to make but i guess at least a couple of years.
    Then we just cut the boot and bonnet shape out and then made some returns for them to sit so the didn't fall through the holes they were cut from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evo mrt View Post
    Good work Paul lots of hours already in your project.
    I do like how your head rests taper away and down and i like your rad cap power bulge shape.
    And it looks great all filled and nearly finished.
    I know what you are saying about making your own boot from scratch.
    We made the whole body from scratch in 1 piece i will have to see if i have some photos to post up on here.
    We had our chassis to work from and built a wooden skeleton frame for the body shape onto it then we got some sheets of thin ply wood that we could bend over the skeleton and fix to skeleton. then a plasterer friend came round and coved the whole wodden body in plaster to help make the shape and loose all the joins in the wood then got a special wax and rubbed that into the plaster to try to allow the separation of the fibreglass from mould at a later date.
    Unfortunately we couldn't get the fibreglass body to separate from the mould underneath.
    We had to make the body in reverse of how you should normally do it.
    normally the mould would be on the outside and you would fibreglass on the inside so that you have the smooth finish on the exterior easer to prep for painting.
    So the mould had to get broken up with a hammer crowbar tyre lever and long big flat screwdriver to separate the fibreglass from it.
    I forget how long the body took to make but i guess at least a couple of years.
    Then we just cut the boot and bonnet shape out and then made some returns for them to sit so the didn't fall through the holes they were cut from.
    You make this sound so simple & straightforward - mastered the black art of understatement too, eh?

    Seriously though, a cracking job & really enjoying the thread. Thanks for sharing the build.

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    evo mrt - You certainly deserve extra credit for making the body shell from scratch.
    ( As I found it hard enough adjusting an existing one! )

    As it sounds like you had a bit of a nightmare making it as well.

    I look forward to seeing it finished and painted.

    Good luck, Paul.

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    Fantastic looking build, and it's good to know that special building is still happening in the UK. The BIVA requirement would have killed home built cars stone dead if it, or something similar had been introduced during the '50s heyday of special building. Good luck with getting it finished.
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    Great build thread

    I'm looking forward to seeing this at the shows

    I did think as I saw the pictures forge wheels you'd made a boo boo but reading whynit makes perfect sense

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    Quote Originally Posted by stueeee View Post
    Fantastic looking build, and it's good to know that special building is still happening in the UK. The BIVA requirement would have killed home built cars stone dead if it, or something similar had been introduced during the '50s heyday of special building. Good luck with getting it finished.
    thanks stueeee i have had to reduce my hours of working on it to try and get some browne points back at home.
    its mostly body work / filler prime and paint to get it ready for biva and a few odds and sods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuvy View Post
    Great build thread

    I'm looking forward to seeing this at the shows

    I did think as I saw the pictures forge wheels you'd made a boo boo but reading whynit makes perfect sense
    not sure what you mean forge wheels ?

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