Bodywork

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…

Grille and Slam Panel

Slam Panel - panel beatingI’ve started my version of a 1939 Chevy grille shell. This was my first real attempt at hammer and dolly panel beating. Hopefully it will be strong.

Mocking up the bonnet & Rookie Mistakes

Mocking-up BonnetMaking the bonnet is going to be a huge challenge, so I decided to mock it up. There was still plenty of fabrication to finish on the inner wings, but I was out of gas and it was a Sunday.…

Inner Wings

I’ve started the inner wings. The first job was to get the flange onto which the wing mounts done.The U-shaped bonnet slam edge is still just propped into place. To clear my new thicker radiator and twin fans, the bonnet was extended forward about 2″. The buck was re-proportioned several times, so this “stretch” might make the front look end too long.

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