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After a time of inactivity for various reasons, progress stalled even though the car was road legal and progress should have been quicker.


Time flies! The fibreglass bonnet and other attempts to replace the original steel with home made panels has resulted in a lot of wasted time.  Someone with a lot more expertise would have knocked off these jobs in a matter of days whilst I have wasted literally months of afternoons spread over several years!  Tragic really.  What I should have done in hindsight is hand over that aspect to the professionals - but where is the fun in that?   In fact, had I handed over the whole project to a couple of places I could mention, it would hav esaved me about 65% of the current outlay to date and what is more, it would have been completed at least 10 years ago.

Anyway, mid January 2018 I returned to the bonnet sections (hood sections to those living across the northern Pacific.  My initial aim was for a centre hinged bonnet as per a Morgan. The fact that the centre spine was curved put paid to that and much time was wasted on making up cantilever hinges.  All was well until I actually ran the car when the centres popped up from the airflow.  Whilst this may have meant good airflow and a ready exit for hot air, it wasn't really what I wanted.  After much head scratching, I finally (I think) came up with the idea of a lighter weight centre section, made out of two strips of thin ply,   bonded together to leave a small lip on which the side panels could rest.  A simple set of bent metal brackets/hooks slotting under the centre section, riveted then bonded to the panels looked to have been the best way as any airflow from underneath merely keeps them in contact with the centre spine.

Having sorted that, it was back to trying to get a good join gap between the front curved radiator grille support panel and the bonnet panels. Much grinding, re-glassing plus filling and sanding and it is 90% of the way there so then once that is done, it will be back to the boot/trunk lid, then a return to the interior.  The current radiator grille surround is a temporary one as I have another to which I have attached stainless wire mesh.  I just have to decide whether to paint that black or leave it.  Ditto the fibreglass bumpers. Do I paint them black (just a guide coat on there at the moment, or get them chromed vinyl wrapped?

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At the moment, the car drives reasonably well but is incredibly noisy inside from the gearbox, which remember, came out of an MG BV8 racer.  However the lining of the transmission tunnel with metal backed wool fabric seems to be very successful as I am getting no heat in from the transmission tunnel.  Without carpets or any sound deadening, the mechanical noise is amplified anyway.