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Old 22-05-2019, 06:01 PM   #21
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Bought the replacement bits, time as usual is very limited. So first part has been cut off so just a bit of prep work to do before fitting the new panel. Click image for larger version

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Old 02-07-2019, 05:38 PM   #22
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Front panels nearly complete Click image for larger version

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Old 09-07-2019, 01:02 PM   #23
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Some more work done Click image for larger version

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Old 09-07-2019, 07:20 PM   #24
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Bonnet looks like it follows the tops of the front 1/4s nicely.
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Old 10-07-2019, 11:27 PM   #25
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Lots of shoving and pushing the new panels to line everything up but I’m happy with the results.
Got to sort out the hinges now so it all fits properly going to try gas struts instead of the noisy springs Click image for larger version

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Old 13-08-2019, 03:27 PM   #26
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Gas struts on and works well, took two goes to make it work. Didn’t buy the expensive kit so made my own from a pair of universal ones and some different eye ends that I had knocking around in my odds and sofa box. Incidentally the eye ends are off the engine control cables from a lynx helicopter.
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Old 14-08-2019, 12:07 PM   #27
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Well most of the front is done....Click image for larger version

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Doors going on with expected alignment issues but with sub normal solutions. Advantages of having no rear on the car. Click image for larger version

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Still working on the door alignment but spent some time stripping the 3 mm of paint and filler off the bonnet. Tried using the jet wash sand blasting attachment on the pressure washer. Was great and removed the first couple of layers of paint (very messy job) the quality of the blasting is massively effected by the dry sand you use. The rest of the layers were removed using paint remover which worked great because the sand had left a good keyed surface on the paint. Then I used a heat gun to peak off the filler. Someone has been watching too many US restoration programs because the bonnet was coated all over in filler ( mud)!Click image for larger version

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Old 20-10-2019, 12:53 PM   #30
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Also spent some time cleaning up the engine to refit the repaired tinware. Had to drill out and tap a few bolt holes ready to refit the lower tinware Click image for larger version

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