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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4414 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Bonnet Porn!
Posted by: Moderator
Date: December 24, 2011 01:28AM

I'm so excited about my brand-new custom-made carbon-fiber bonnet - from Preform Resources, of course - that I thought I'd post some snapshots even though I haven't installed hood pins on it yet. I know I'm not the only one around here who has a new hood this year. Gentlemen, let's see them!

CarbonFiber-MG-RV8-Bonnet-A.jpg
At less than 5lbs, this bonnet weighs over 20lbs less than the steel hood it's replacing.
I'm gonna need to adjust my front end lower again!

CarbonFiber-MG-RV8-Hood-D.jpg
I had the old hood mounted on four pins - one in each corner - but Dave bonded two aluminum tabs onto the bottom of this bonnet at the rear. They slide into two slots I carefully cut into the car's body above where the hinges once were.

CarbonFiber-MG-RV8-Hood-E.jpg
Here's the really cool view!

I forgot to take a snapshot of the underside, but it's interesting because from the bottom you can see the other reason this bonnet is so light... it's just a skin. All the structure for hinges, latches, prop rods, etc. has been deleted.

All the credit for the bonnet goes to Dave Craddock, proprietor of Preform Resources, who makes REALLY NICE fiberglass body panels for MGs and other sports and racing cars. Rumor has it that Dave will have a new website soon;)


http://www.britishracecar.com/v-PreformResources.gif


Bill Young
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
(1337 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 09:23AM

Main British Car:
'73 MG Midget V6 , '59 MGA I6 2.8 GM, 4.0 Jeep

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Re: Bonnet Porn!
Posted by: Bill Young
Date: December 24, 2011 07:05AM

Guys, this hood is a work of art. I was lucky enough to be there when Curtis unpacked it and I was amazed at the quality of the work Dave did on it. Curtis had sent him measurments of the stripe and paint codes and the color and strip placement were spot on.


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Dave Craddock
Redford,Michigan
(359 posts)

Registered:
12/20/2008 05:46PM

Main British Car:
72 MGB V6 3.4

Re: Bonnet Porn!
Posted by: Preform Resources
Date: December 26, 2011 04:58PM

WOW, thanks a lot you guys it took us a while ,the part was made several months ago, the paint
was another issue, getting enough open time between layers of clear etc. i'm glad you're happy with
it Curtis, thanks again.
Dave Craddock


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Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2648 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Bonnet Porn!
Posted by: rficalora
Date: December 27, 2011 02:07AM

Looks very cool - and 5lbs is amazing! I like how you left the bulge unpainted too.


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Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(3009 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: Bonnet Porn!
Posted by: roverman
Date: December 28, 2011 12:32PM

Yes Dave, a thing of beauty. I did ask about hood and rear deck for Jensen Healey. The Huffaker version weighs 18#. Let's chat. Cheers, roverman.


Preform Resources
Dave Craddock
Redford,Michigan
(359 posts)

Registered:
12/20/2008 05:46PM

Main British Car:
72 MGB V6 3.4

Re: Bonnet Porn!
Posted by: Preform Resources
Date: December 29, 2011 10:17AM

Art, e-mail sent


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3827 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Bonnet Porn!
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: January 17, 2012 08:48PM

Wow, how did I miss this? Awesome bonnet!



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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4414 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Bonnet Porn!
Posted by: Moderator
Date: January 23, 2012 03:09PM

Thanks Carl!

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I thought more people would post pictures on this thread.

For example... did everyone see the photos of Mike Moor's new hood that were recently added to the Photo Gallery?

http://www.britishv8.org/MG/MikelMoor/MGB-ShakerStyleHood-1.JPG

Mike created his new hood by custom ordering an un-assembled RV8-style fiberglass hood from Dave at Preform Resources. Obviously, Mike cut a big hole in the hood skin. Then he glued the bottom (reinforcement) part on. I believe he and Richard made the center (filter housing) part from scratch.

http://www.britishv8.org/MG/MikelMoor/MGB-ShakerStyleHood-3-AlternateCrop2.JPG

http://www.britishv8.org/MG/MikelMoor/MGB-ShakerStyleHood-3-AlternateCrop1.JPG

http://www.britishv8.org/MG/MikelMoor/MGB-ShakerStyleHood-4.JPG


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3827 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Bonnet Porn!
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: January 26, 2012 08:58PM

Yeah, saw those pics. However, I saw it in person at the Townsend V8 Meet. Awesome shaker hood!


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Werner Van Clapdurp
Lynchburg, Va
(93 posts)

Registered:
09/06/2009 12:56PM

Main British Car:
MGB 1977 Rover 3.5

Re: Bonnet Porn!
Posted by: WernerVC
Date: February 23, 2012 09:56PM

I have an original hood modified with bulge from a mitsubushi eclips. It's just bare metal for the moment. Pics follow in a few days. Curtis, your hood looks awesome.


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George Smathers
Spokane, WA
(118 posts)

Registered:
09/12/2009 02:45PM

Main British Car:
1967 Morris Minor (48 hp @ crank!), 1971 TR6 302

Re: Bonnet Porn!
Posted by: motek
Date: March 17, 2012 03:57PM

Beautiful Curtis!


George


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4414 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Bonnet Porn!
Posted by: Moderator
Date: March 19, 2012 12:13PM

Thanks guys!

Spring is here, so I'll be driving again soon. I finally got around to installing OMP aluminum hood pins. I discarded the cheesy sheetmetal screws and clips that came with the hood pins, and instead used stainless steel machine screws with quickly made aluminum doubling plates. The bonnet has a honeycomb core, and is about 3/8" thick at the hood pins. Here are a couple snapshots:

http://www.britishv8.org/MG/CurtisJacobson/CurtisJacobson-AG.jpg http://www.britishv8.org/MG/CurtisJacobson/CurtisJacobson-AH.jpg


Bill Young
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
(1337 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 09:23AM

Main British Car:
'73 MG Midget V6 , '59 MGA I6 2.8 GM, 4.0 Jeep

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Re: Bonnet Porn!
Posted by: Bill Young
Date: March 19, 2012 02:22PM

Nice work Curtis, love those type hood pins. Trying to get them on the new hood for the RV8 instead of the old style where I usually lose the pins as soon as I take them out. LOL


Graham B
Graham Bingham
Draycott, Derbyshire, UK
(63 posts)

Registered:
09/19/2008 08:26AM

Main British Car:
1974 Triumph Spitfire Rover 3.5litre V8

Re: Bonnet Porn!
Posted by: Graham B
Date: April 05, 2012 12:37PM

Hi Curtis.

In reply to your appeal for bonnet porn, I have been working on a replacement steel bonnet for my Spitfire, I had a glassfibre bonnet originally on which I had made a scoop to fit over a pancake filter.

Early this winter I sourced a bug scoop and a steel bonnet with very rusty wings/wheel arches. Having replaced both wings, wheel arches and headlamp surround areas I then cut a big hole in the top to fit over the bug scoop. I then put a lip around the hole to add strength back and stop a lot of water running into the engine bay if it rains. The bulge to incorporate the top of the distributor is a genuine stainless steel hospital kidney dish!

Just got the time consuming bit now of getting it ready for paint.

Can't wait to get it on the road again, I guess it will look pretty awesome in your rear view mirror.

Graham
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MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3827 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Bonnet Porn!
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: April 07, 2012 10:05AM

Quote:
I forgot to take a snapshot of the underside, but it's interesting because from the bottom you can see the other reason this bonnet is so light... it's just a skin. All the structure for hinges, latches, prop rods, etc. has been deleted.

Curtis, still waiting for additional pics. Please. :)



Preform Resources
Dave Craddock
Redford,Michigan
(359 posts)

Registered:
12/20/2008 05:46PM

Main British Car:
72 MGB V6 3.4

Re: Bonnet Porn!
Posted by: Preform Resources
Date: April 07, 2012 11:48AM

Carl, the part was vacuum bagged epoxy/carbon with a nomex honeycomb core except the blister which is three layers of 3k carbon, then the aluminum tabs were added to locate it at the rear.
Dave Craddock
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MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3827 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Bonnet Porn!
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: April 08, 2012 09:11AM

Thanks, Dave!

Is that bulge the same length & width as your Fg RV8 bonnet? It looks like it has more clearance (deeper). I'm trying to figure out how much headroom I would gain with a 14" air cleaner.


Preform Resources
Dave Craddock
Redford,Michigan
(359 posts)

Registered:
12/20/2008 05:46PM

Main British Car:
72 MGB V6 3.4

Re: Bonnet Porn!
Posted by: Preform Resources
Date: April 09, 2012 08:55AM

Carl, no, the bulge is the same as our RV8 bonnet, Curtis' part was made from the same tooling. As for your other question,
I don't really know what engine/carb/F I combinations will work or not, it would be interesting to hear from some of the guys who have used the RV8 bonnet in their application.
Dave


Bill Young
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
(1337 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 09:23AM

Main British Car:
'73 MG Midget V6 , '59 MGA I6 2.8 GM, 4.0 Jeep

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Re: Bonnet Porn!
Posted by: Bill Young
Date: April 10, 2012 09:43AM

Curtis, everyone knows that the bonnet on my Midget is just plain porn with that huge bulge. LOL All done in sheet metal and a gallon or so of Bondo almost 15 years ago.
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Graham B
Graham Bingham
Draycott, Derbyshire, UK
(63 posts)

Registered:
09/19/2008 08:26AM

Main British Car:
1974 Triumph Spitfire Rover 3.5litre V8

Re: Bonnet Porn!
Posted by: Graham B
Date: April 20, 2012 04:52AM

More bonnet porn!

Managed to get the fabrication complete and get the bonnet in primer, just waiting for some decent weather here in Blighty to get the spray job done.
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Can't wait to get back on the road

Graham
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