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Coachbuilding a Hot Rod In Corona Lockdown

Handmade Car WingMaking a bespoke steel wing from scratch takes time and patience. It takes only a few simple hand made tools all of which I made myself in my own workshop.

Mocking Up The Grille

Mocking up the GrilleBeing in pandemic lock-down, materials and gas aren’t abundant. So I decided to use up scraps and started mocking up the grille. The faux grille below is actually 3 bits that were prior failed bonnet attempts. When I made the…

Mocking up the front wing

Wooden Buck WingMocking up the front wings with a wooden buck on this 37 Ford style Hot Hot allowed me to check out whether the bonnet proportions were right.

Bonnet Skin – starting again

Bonnet Skin MK3I’d had 2 previous attempts at making the bonnet skin. The first complete disaster was purely panel beaten in several pieces, the second was in 3 pieces, done with a rubber band, but all of them suffered badly when it…

Metal Shaping Using A Sand Bag

Bossing Mallet and Sand BagI started metal shaping using a sand bag. Another first for me. It goes hand it hand very well with the English wheel and can save quite a bit of time. I was fairly sure what to do with the…

English Wheel With a Rubber Band

English Wheel Rubber BandUntil I discovered folding metal with the English Wheel covered with a rubber band, skinning the bonnet was taking me ages. I was getting frustrated and even questioning whether I’d even finish this project at all. Looking back, my initial…

Making My First Handmade Bonnet

Bonnet Skin Panel BeatingMaking my first handmade bonnet hasn’t been easy. Everything has taken much longer than expected. In fact many things have taken numerous attempts. Even now, I look at it and see countless things that could do with tweaking or indeed…

Morris Minor Roof

Morris Minor RoofI’ve not finished the bonnet but a Morris Minor Roof came up cheap, so I had to have it. This Hot Rod was getting a donor roof.

Homemade-Bonnet Frame MKII

Bonnet strengthening braceMy first attempt at a homemade bonnet frame was a disaster. Although each rib was very strong in one direction, once assembled it was hopeless. It flopped around like well organised spaghetti. There was absolutely no way I could use…

Bespoke Bonnet

Bespoke BonnetProgress on the bespoke bonnet has started very cautiously. There are several reasons for this. Although I still had the remains of the wooden buck, since it’s completion, I’ve decided to lower the front of the bonnet slightly. 2 years…

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