April 21, 2003
keep the 904s going! Saturday and sunday I did all the repair
and structure work on 090's original hood.
and chisel are the easiest way to get a bad repair removed.
enough, it was cracked up, but not totaled.
step is to grind all the old glass and resin away.
points to the front of the hood that I have already re glassed.
The preparation of the front area alone was about four hours,
then I have to grind and repair the rest of the hood.
front being re-strengthened, I can think about repairing all
the other damage from all the crashes a million years ago.
the body filler. There are two of these areas on the left
and right side.
a closer look. Because my x-ray vision is not good anymore
I have to grind the area to raw fiberglass and see why these
patches were done.
Looking at the arrows you'll see four 3.5 mm holes and one
13 mm hole in the middle. These holes are from the mounting
hardware of a Cibie hood light.
lights were used for night racing, either rally type or closed
circuit. We weren't aware that this car raced at night. This
is good news because we might find out that it did something
better than just hill climbs and club races.
little holes can be the biggest provider of information. That's
why it's important to take your time while you strip these
six hours later, the rest of the hood has been ground flat
in preparation for repairing the cross structure and re skinning
than the damage up front, the rest of the hood is in fairly
made 3/4 oz matt panels to fit perfectly in the openings.
up each opening using black pigment in the resin (remember
it keeps scratching marks to a minimum). When it cured, I
taped off the finished panels as to not get any filler or
primer on the surface.
five layers of tape so when I apply filler to the structural
panel it leaves a perfect edge where it needs the fiberglass.
tedious work, but it's a way to make the hood very strong,
light, and great looking.
applied filler to the repaired areas and to fill the million
pinholes caused from sandblasting.
I'll duratech the structural "X" in the morning.
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