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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
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Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Bonnet Porn!
Posted by: Moderator
Date: April 23, 2012 06:33PM

Graham, that's coming along great! Way, way cool.

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Dave Craddock has inspired me to try my own hand at carbon fiber fabrication, but on a much less ambitious scale. I figured it would be cool to have something "carbon" in the engine compartment to echo that first impression the bonnet itself makes. A radiator recirculation shield seemed like the logical choice. Its purpose is to make sure airflow goes through instead of around the radiator core. Here's what I've come up with:

Background, bottom to top: very quick prototype (with no top flange), MDF plug, and glass/polyester mold.
CarbonFiberRecircShield-A.jpg

Carbon/epoxy recirculation shield (3/4" top flange touches bottom of bonnet all the way across).
CarbonFiberRecircShield-B.jpg

My very first "advanced composite" part! I took lots of snapshots with intention of writing about what I learned. Dave's help was - of course - invaluable.


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Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2972 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: April 23, 2012 06:43PM

Nice work Curtis ! Carbon epoxy rocker covers would look so cool, eh ? Cheers, roverman.


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Dave Craddock
Redford,Michigan
(357 posts)

Registered:
12/20/2008 05:46PM

Main British Car:
72 MGB V6 3.4

Re: Bonnet Porn!
Posted by: Preform Resources
Date: April 23, 2012 09:27PM

Curtis, it looks great!!,,,,,,,I knew you could do it!
Dave


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David Witham
Warwick UK
(115 posts)

Registered:
06/12/2008 11:20AM

Main British Car:
MGB 1974 and MG ZT 160 turbo 2005

Re: Bonnet Porn!
Posted by: djw090
Date: April 24, 2012 08:57AM

That looks great.

Only this morning I was thinking about replacing the side impact beams with ones made of kevlar when I reskin the door. The steel ones weigh a ton.
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