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Old 4th March 2017, 21:18
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I would use more csm and take it a lot further out to spread the load. A large bonnet like yours will act as a lever, just a strong gust of wind when in the upright position could cause cracks or failure. I would introduce some metal rod to stop any flexing.
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Old 4th March 2017, 22:51
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Thanks for the input I can still add some bracing rods by welding them to the bottom square bar if required more work again doh! You are right though just ignore my winging cheers. deggsy
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Old 5th March 2017, 06:49
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Sorry, I meant embed some metal rod in the GRP and spread the GRP further out to try and stiffen the area to prevent it cracking at a later date.
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Old 5th March 2017, 10:13
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The Sammio way was to bond and 'glass a steel hoop into the oval 'mouth'.

The brackets are welded to the hoop and on mine the chip cutter grille, which is very heavy, is also bolted to the brackets. It makes for a very strong, integrated bonnet bracket that hasn't caused me the slightest problem in four years on the road -













Maybe something similar could work on the A352 grille opening?

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Old 5th March 2017, 12:54
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Thanks for the info my setup is similar except the steel hoop is bonded into the bonnet it should work ok? but I can reinforce it if required.
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Old 6th March 2017, 11:16
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I bought a pair of long driveshaft's yesterday on eBay they are off a gt6 and will need a lot of work i.e. cleaning and the flanges are the too big and I will have to source longer tie rods but with the spacers they should bring the rear wheels out just right? When I get round to installing them I can take the top leaf out of the swing spring as well.
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Old 16th March 2017, 19:30
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After weeks of sanding the headlamp mounts well ok it was days or hours over lots of days I finally got them fitted, you can't see it in the photos but they look a bit squint I'm not cutting them back off after all my hard work so a bit of packing out will be required to align the headlamps.


It wont be seen so will be ok.
Now for the disaster as I have been unable to get the engine running smoothly
I borrowed my compression tester back of a friend of mine (he's had it for years) did a test and yuk piston one 100lbs two 106lbs three 130lbs four 140lbs did a wet test and they were all over 200 so ring or worn bores, so if you'll excuse me I'm going to have a good scream in the corner.
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Old 18th March 2017, 09:34
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Yahoo I finally got the engine running smoothly there was a problem with the linkages on the weber the secondary barrel was opening first and the primary just a little bit I reversed the setup now she's running fine even with pistons 1&2 being down a bit on pressure. result yes
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Old 18th March 2017, 15:21
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I have just finished making the bonnet prop it is made up of nine pieces not counting the bolts & nuts I could have made it simpler but this one has quite a bit of adjustment if required.

The reinforcing bar is 1m x25mm x4mm which is bonded in with glass paste then three layers of woven glass tape I might add more glass matting later (I ran out) for extra strength.
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Old 18th March 2017, 18:47
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Looks good Degsy, as long as it works that's okay!

Don't leave the bonnet up for long periods in the wind though!!!

I wouldn't do that myself even with my piddly little bonnet. :-)
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Old 18th March 2017, 20:16
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Yep it works fine it even locks in place, but leaving it up in the wind could be a disaster. :-)
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Old 19th March 2017, 15:43
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Deggsy Great progress on the bonnet.

Hope you are able to sort out the engine.

Good luck, Paul.
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Old 24th March 2017, 12:53
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I'm sure I'll get there evenyually
Today I started on the inner front wings the first part (fibre glass trailer wing) this is bonded in place and will be built up to the correct profile I hope
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The inner wheel arches are pretty much done now since this photo was taken I have reinforced the supports with glass matting and there will be removable mud guard type thingy's to protect the inner headlamps unfortunately work will slowdown a bit more over the next few weeks cos I've got get my seven ready for summer! this happens every April as she's only on the road for 6 months a year.
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Old 23rd April 2017, 17:47
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I have managed to get some time in on the A352 I tidied up the wiring in the boot and now have the option of reversing, rear and front fog lights I don't know if I'll fit them yet as not required by law and may not look authentic.
I have also taken off the engine bay panels to get at the suspension to lower the front springs, a bit fiddly as it is trial and error to get it right,

cut out 1 coil flatten it down grind a flat seat re fit lower the car check1 probably wrong so start all over doh again
so if you cut 1 coil off and it lowers the spring say 1" when extended how much is it lowered when compressed?
Also anyone know if the prop shaft flange is the same size on both the early and the later Diffs? I know the drive shaft flanges are different but what about the prop?????
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Old 5th May 2017, 16:31
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These are the springs with another coil removed bent and ground flat.

It didn't go well fitted it all up lowered the car ant the suspension went all the way down to the bump stops. Doh I think there is sommit wrong with my calculations.
ho well back to the drawing board??????
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Old 15th May 2017, 16:23
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The front suspension is sorted now with a couple of 7/8" spacers from those nice people at Moss. It's still a little bit higher than I wanted but it should look ok once the wheel spacers are added (fill the wheel arches better)I hope

Then it's back to the rear end which should be quite interesting? As I intend to fit spitfire long drive shafts which will mean a lot of mods.
Watch this space.
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Old 15th May 2017, 17:03
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Glad to hear you have fixed the front end and good luck with the rear, Paul.
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Old 15th May 2017, 17:17
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Thanks Paul I think I'll need it!
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Old 22nd May 2017, 19:05
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I started work on the long drive shafts a few days ago.
Getting it all ready for strip down

Hubs off cleaned and checked the shafts are only just usable why would you have the needle roller bearings running directly on the shaft however designed that should have been sacked?

Waiting for the bearings to arrive now. Of course once it's all assembled and installed I have to make some new radius arms as they never fitted the long shafts to the herald
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