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DiDueColpi
Fred Key
West coast - Canada
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05/14/2010 03:06AM

Main British Car:
What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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Re: RV8 Bonnet
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: March 19, 2014 10:37PM

Dave, I would love to have your skills.
Everything I've seen is just art.


pspeaks
Paul Speaks
Dallas, Texas
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07/20/2009 06:40PM

Main British Car:
1972 MGB-GT 1979 Ford 302

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Re: RV8 Bonnet
Posted by: pspeaks
Date: March 19, 2014 10:44PM

I have 205R50/15's on VTO classic 8 wheels so I don't have a fitment issue but I like the look of the Nissan flares. I didn't plan on copping the front of Brenda's GT Calvin, but you make it look so darn good and I'm really impressed with Dave's products. How about nut-certs for the blind holes, you can't get to Dave? You could include them with the kit and all you need to install them is a nut and bolt.



Paul



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Paul Speaks
Dallas, Texas
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1972 MGB-GT 1979 Ford 302

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Re: RV8 Bonnet
Posted by: pspeaks
Date: March 19, 2014 10:51PM

I second what Fred said. I hand laid 8 complete T-Bucket cars (bodies, opening doors, pickup beds, and radiator shells) so I know how finicky and incredibly messy fiberglass can be.


Paul



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74ls1tr6
Calvin Grannis
Elk Grove,CA
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11/10/2007 10:05AM

Main British Car:
74 TR6 / 71 MGB GT TR6/Ls1 71 MGB GT/Ls1

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Re: RV8 Bonnet
Posted by: 74ls1tr6
Date: March 19, 2014 11:42PM

Um Dave, I do like the bumper less air dam look that you have on Don's car in the photo. Can we trade?


pspeaks
Paul Speaks
Dallas, Texas
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1972 MGB-GT 1979 Ford 302

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Re: RV8 Bonnet
Posted by: pspeaks
Date: March 20, 2014 01:53AM

I'm going bumper-less too, both ends.


Paul


mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
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02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: RV8 Bonnet
Posted by: mgb260
Date: March 20, 2014 06:44AM

Paul, That new front of Dave's with the rear valance is what I have in mind.


Preform Resources
Dave Craddock
Redford,Michigan
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12/20/2008 05:46PM

Main British Car:
72 MGB V6 3.4

Re: RV8 Bonnet
Posted by: Preform Resources
Date: March 20, 2014 09:58AM

Jim, that was the idea, the only drawback is you have to notch hell out of it for the RB cars unless you cut the RB mounts off, also if you want to run early 62/69 grille you can notch the bottom to fit around the RB mounts but if you want to use the later CB grilles
(with plastic inserts) you have to cut part of the upper RB mount off, I reckon that most guys who are doing the conversion will be cutting the mounts off,,, well the purists reaching out to the dark side may not,,, LOL
Dave



pspeaks
Paul Speaks
Dallas, Texas
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1972 MGB-GT 1979 Ford 302

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Re: RV8 Bonnet
Posted by: pspeaks
Date: March 20, 2014 10:11AM

Jim, that's what I want to do also. Dave, I assume as I have a MB car, or it would be if they were on it, installation would be rather straight forward, but either way I plan to do it.


Paul


Preform Resources
Dave Craddock
Redford,Michigan
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12/20/2008 05:46PM

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72 MGB V6 3.4

Re: RV8 Bonnet
Posted by: Preform Resources
Date: March 20, 2014 06:14PM

Paul, if your car is a chrome bumper car you would have no issues with the new valance, due to the degree of difficulty to manufacture them they will cost more than the ST valance like on Calvin/Brenda's car, $225. is what I'm thinking. Your suggestion of using nutserts is valid but I will not locate any other holes than the center two, I believe it should be bolted then clamped in place then the holes located from the backside, take it back down and drill the pilot holes, whether you use the sheetmetal screws
or some other method would be up to the buyer if you look at a stock B steel valance the holes are slotted for the vagaries of fitment,,,, vagaries of fitment on an MGB???? LOL


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: RV8 Bonnet
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: March 21, 2014 09:39AM

Paul,

Rubber bumper=RB Chrome bumper =CB MB=Mercedes Benz :) :)


pspeaks
Paul Speaks
Dallas, Texas
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1972 MGB-GT 1979 Ford 302

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Re: RV8 Bonnet
Posted by: pspeaks
Date: March 21, 2014 05:39PM

Thanks Carl, I knew that, I just had a senior moment :-) Dave, like I said, I've done my share of fiberglass work in the Texas summer so the increased price is fine with me.

Paul


Preform Resources
Dave Craddock
Redford,Michigan
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12/20/2008 05:46PM

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72 MGB V6 3.4

Re: RV8 Bonnet
Posted by: Preform Resources
Date: March 22, 2014 06:31AM

Fred, thank you very much,,,, we're not making any money but we're having fun !

Paul ,I've been in Plano in summer and winter and it is hot I don't know how anybody gets anything done without a ton of ac going.


pspeaks
Paul Speaks
Dallas, Texas
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1972 MGB-GT 1979 Ford 302

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Re: RV8 Bonnet
Posted by: pspeaks
Date: March 22, 2014 09:52AM

Among others, Jim, the owner has an aerial photograph company in McKinney and we just pulled the airplanes out and did the work in the hanger. No AC and to make it worst we had never done it before and wasn't aware we had to reduce the air pressure on the dump gun when spraying the gel-coat, it was horrible, but after that we learned fast. We still make the occasional car but loaned the molds to a company in Oklahoma and they do our bodies if we need one. Sadly I later had to sell it but this was the first body I made. I built it completely from scratch, no kit, even the front axle. A friend owns it and I could drive it any time I want but at 70 I find it difficult to get in and out of. If I have to I can crawl into my GT on my hands and knees and the AC will probably work much better when finished.


Paul





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MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: RV8 Bonnet
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: March 22, 2014 12:01PM

Looks like a blast, Paul. I always wanted a T-Bucket.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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RV8 Bonnet Bulge
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: March 22, 2014 12:12PM

Found a couple of pics that clearly illustrate why I would like to see an RV8 bonnet with a bit more bulge.

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Preform Resources
Dave Craddock
Redford,Michigan
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72 MGB V6 3.4

Re: RV8 Bonnet
Posted by: Preform Resources
Date: March 22, 2014 02:54PM

Carl x2 on the T bucket ! I have (had ) a set of 32 3 window moulds, the scrappers stole one body side for the 1" square tubing framework $#@&*^%$# thieves!! I still have a set of 32 roadster moulds tho.

RV8 hood; Ironically our hood would probably clear that air cleaner, we started by taking a shot off an English FRP hood bulge and layed up a heavy part out of it, then grafted it to a steel hood so I'm guessing that our hood is 3/8 to 1/2" higher than one
taken from a stock RV8 hood but I would recommend using the low K&N air filter for most applications. If / when we do another tool I will do that again for a little more height.

Paul, that T as they say sits right, looks right !
Dave


pspeaks
Paul Speaks
Dallas, Texas
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1972 MGB-GT 1979 Ford 302

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Re: RV8 Bonnet
Posted by: pspeaks
Date: March 22, 2014 06:12PM

Thanks guys, we started by building a frame jig then built a mule as we called it, then experimented with a few different front leafs and rear coil over. Once we got it right Jim gave the running mule to a friend who has bone cancer. I learned enough about fiberglass to know I'm not very good at it!

Paul
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