Frankies new hood

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby DOC » Tue Nov 03, 2015 10:03 pm

Looks like you need to finish that hood Mate.

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby australi » Wed Nov 04, 2015 9:38 am

Also 'Raggie' wondering do you have plans for any underbonnet (HOOD! hehe) lining?

I'm going to put some effort into MY C3, now it's not being sold, and tidy it back up to scratch...Looking for ideas on this, as old foam stuff has become unglued..

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby 68ragtop » Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:42 pm

Almost a year later I dragged out the hood to start the sanding and filling of the small bits I missed. But....
It seems with sitting for 9 months and a lot of heat expansion and contraction in the garage there are a lot more cracks showing up from hidden layers of paint that I didn't see before I started. So out with the sander and a razor blade to take the layers down so I can repair and fill them properly later before the next high fill primer goes on.

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby DOC » Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:08 pm

A certain Important Car Show Looms on the horizon.
Will she be ready this year?
Best of luck Azza.
Me, I'm just hoping my engine holds out.

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby 68ragtop » Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:26 pm

The coat of blade putty I applied turned out to be a tad thick in places. I blame doing it at night after a few beers
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After a good amount of 80, 120 and 240 grit its pretty smoothed out. Shows how lumpy the resin i put on was last year after it didn't go off right.
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Put a lighter slightly thinned coat on the remainder and will sand it out in the morning. Might get this thing done yet.

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby DOC » Sun Sep 18, 2016 6:55 am

A bit damp this fine morning here in Brissie. not looking like a painting kind of day, hoping it go's well for you. :o

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby 68ragtop » Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:51 pm

This is what it looked like today after a bit of sanding. Is smooth now which shows just how uneven the underside of the stinger was.
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Put on a couple of coats of high fill primer tonight and will work tomorrow night on sanding it back to see how it ends up.

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby ScottW » Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:16 am

What brand of filler did you use?

If it was that septone stuff from supercheap and you need to do more filling, do yourself a favour and get something else. I used evercoat Rage gold after many years of using the cheap stuff. Funnily enough, the cost difference is minor and it sands 100 times easier. I couldn't believe I had spent so much time sanding that cheap, hard stuff.

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby 68ragtop » Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:19 am

Yeah Septone blade putty. Much softer to work with than the normal Septone body filler. Just using up stuff I already had in the shed. Main issue now is I have found a bunch of pinholes in it where air bubbles must have got stuck in some dimpled areas of the glass. Might test to see if the spray putty or primer will get into and fill them.

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby 68ragtop » Tue Sep 20, 2016 11:10 pm

Some more sanding and a good coat of spray putty and it's looking smoothish. Tomorrow a fine sand back then some primer.

Glad I put pics up on this post originally as looking back I'd forgotten why some of the bits have so much filler (like where I cut through at one stage accidentally). Just wish is noted what paint I used for the frame surround as I think it was the satin black but just not sure any more as may have been a semi gloss that went flat in the cold when I was doing it.

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby DOC » Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:53 am

Well, I think satin is correct, Or at least correct enough.

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby 68ragtop » Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:12 am

And satin is what I have a can left of in the shed so it may have been that (although did use that for the trailing arms though). Have a sneaky can of almost empty gloss black which may have been it though. Can always paint over the satin if it looks wrong.

Working from home today so used the extra time this morning to do a light sand and lay down a few coats of primer. Will sand that back lightly after lunch and start the black to see what it looks like.
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If nothing else it looks way better than what i started with...
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Now it's all a uniform light colour I can see a bunch cracks and lumpy bits around the stinger join corners and other spots, but at this stage I just don't care enough to spend the 100s of hours or so to take it all back and make it perfect.
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Anyway I'll then have my current hood to fix the hood support on and maybe do the stinger properly. Anyone ever seen a shaker in the shape of the vette stinger, because that's what I'm thinking could be cool. :) Something like this but with more of the stinger shape to it.

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby DOC » Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:45 am

I'm thinking those imperfections on the inside of the hood are minor.
The underside of mine is pretty lumpy and I've never given it much thought.
Once it's all painted it'll look fine.
As per the shaker hood idea. Yes I think that would look good. If you can repair your present hood strong enough.
And then there's The headlights, the engine issues, it never ends.

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby 68ragtop » Wed Sep 21, 2016 12:41 pm

Yep Doc, if it can't be seen (normally) I'm not worrying about it. Like these lumps.
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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby 68ragtop » Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:46 pm

Satin black from a rattle can it is.

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby DOC » Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:20 pm

Wet and extra humid today. Hope it drys O.K. for you.

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby 68ragtop » Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:05 am

Yeah it dried just fine. Did a little bit of filling some cracks and uneven patches on the topside last night. Hopefully tonight I'll sand it smooth and lay down some coats of spray putty, then tomorrow morning sand and primer, then Friday night the topcoat. Saturday I can then fit it as not sure if my duct taped hood support mount on the old hood will stand up to being open for long at the car show on Sunday.

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby DOC » Thu Sep 22, 2016 6:51 pm

Best of Luck Mate.

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Postby 68ragtop » Fri Sep 23, 2016 8:43 am

A few hours last night sanding the filler, cleaning up and laying on some spray putty to give a good base to work with. This morning some more sanding back with 400 grit before putting on the primer. Can still see some wet spots in the pic where I put it on thicker over some indentations that were still showing through. Tonight will do a final sand and try to put on the temporary spray-wrap topcoat.
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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby DOC » Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:00 pm

Sure is a great looking hood! Hope it goes well for you this year.

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby 68ragtop » Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:16 am

Turned out better than I thought after a few moths fell in it while I was painting and I had to remove and touch things up. Now do I make the top of the stinger red or not?

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Postby 68ragtop » Sat Sep 24, 2016 6:56 pm

Well ran out of time to do the red. Maybe another day. Spent about 3 hours by myself putting it on and aligning it. Would have been easier with 2 mates. Put some tape along all the edges of the opening and the hood and later some old sheets down over the radiator and front of the car and then gently rested the hood on the car. Next got some bungy cords and hooked the hood releases and stretched them up to the beams above in the shed. Now easy to bolt up the hood mounts. Not so easy to get it aligned right as must have built up a few bits too much since my test fit last year and have 4 spots rubbing. A black texta will make that look nicer tomorrow.

Got it good enough and started on the locking mechanism. Tied string round the releases on the hood so could pull each one manually. Next spent about an hour getting the pins the right height and location. It's now a tight for in places but it's on. Added the badges too.

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Looking at it I think I got about 1 1/2 to 2" more space at least under it. Only now I seem to have lost my non drop base for the cleaner so can't actually fit the finned air cleaner lid I had planned to go on. Might just have to place it on top for show purposes only at the show tomorrow.

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby DOC » Sat Sep 24, 2016 8:05 pm

looks great, We'll talk tomorrow if my car starts!
And it should.

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby riverracer » Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:30 pm

Looks great from down this way as well :o
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Suddenly becoming stationary that's what gets you.

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby 68ragtop » Sun Sep 25, 2016 4:37 pm

Hood survived the trip to the GC and back. One stress crack where I though there would be one. Like the look a lot but think I might paint the top.of the stinger scoop red with a pinstripe either side.

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby Bazzas77 » Sun Sep 25, 2016 10:21 pm

nice hood but you gotta colour match it to the rest of the car. leave the top of both stinger bits satin (with some striping ) if you want but not the whole thing :twisted:

otherwise it will always be just a tacked on afterthought.

of course that's just my opinion :o

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby 68ragtop » Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:35 am

Yeah colour martched would be great but it's gonna need taking right back and reglassing where the scoop meets the hood in the front at least before it sees real paint. Am almost thinking if the oil damage isn't too bad on the old hood of just getting a stinger grafted correctly to that one and getting it done properly.

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby Bazzas77 » Mon Sep 26, 2016 6:39 pm

wow that bad is it ? don't worry its only time and money :-x

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby YLLA 88 » Tue Nov 22, 2016 6:39 am

Looks great Frankie :o

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Re: Frankies new hood

Postby 68ragtop » Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:45 am

Thanks YLLA. It was a bit too black so have put a bit of red on it now too.

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More cracks showing up now with more use but is holding up ok and gets a lot of comments at shows.


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