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Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
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02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Getting closer to having a hood
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: June 16, 2015 05:26PM

I'm making the skin for the widened hood from 7 pieces with 6 of them coming from salvaged MGB aluminum hoods. The center strip is made from 3003 aluminum on the English wheel.

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Everything fit perfectly before I started welding. After welding half of the passenger side longitudinal seam I was able to get the shape back to where it should be with a lot of hammer/dolly and wheel work but it left the drivers side seam a long way out.

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My friend Mike came over to help get the driver's side seam tacked and having an extra set of hands was invaluable. The edges lined up fairly well at the back so we started there. I would do a tack out about 3" and then go back and align the edges between the tacks and tack it again halfway in between. This worked pretty well for the first 2' and then the gap between the sheets started to get wider.

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We stopped and a little slapper / hammer and dolly got the shape close to where it should be and started to close the gap at the front slightly. It wasn't enough so I took off the aluminum skin and ground the edge of the steel frame slightly to allow the hood section on the driver's side to come closer to the center piece. A couple tries and the gap was nice and tight again but the center strip had to be man-handled to get the edges to line up. That's where Mike's extra hands came in and we were able to get it tacked about 3" at a time before I had to hammer and dolly the shape again. Each cycle of tacking and shaping caused the seam to get closer and closer until the final 8" the edges were perfectly aligned

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The two front pieces on the driver's side were tacked in place and it was starting to look like a hood (I can't show it because of the 4 picture limit). I fit the hood on the car and the gaps looked good and the edges were pretty much level with the fenders and cowl without making any adjustments. I still have to finish weld everything and tune up the shape but I'm encouraged.


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

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Getting closer to having a hood
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: June 17, 2015 10:33AM

You can add more pics by replying to your post, Jim.


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
(579 posts)

Registered:
02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Getting closer to having a hood
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: June 17, 2015 10:43AM

OK, here are a couple more pictures

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Scott68B
Scott Costanzo
Columbus, Ohio
(471 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 11:30AM

Main British Car:
1968 MGB GM 5.3 LS4 V8

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Re: Getting closer to having a hood
Posted by: Scott68B
Date: June 17, 2015 07:20PM

Outstanding! Looks like you're moving toward final paint! How far are you from that Jim?


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
(579 posts)

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Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Getting closer to having a hood
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: June 17, 2015 10:51PM

Once the hood skin is done I will prime and paint the underside before I crimp it onto the frame. I can then adjust the edges to match the fender and cowl. I still have to remake the windshield glass and attach the new lower channel to the cowl and also make a new roll bar. I may also make a new rear valence but I haven't decided for sure yet. Then it is bodywork and block sanding til my fingers bleed in prep for paint. I'm going to paint the hood, trunk lid and doors off the car so the body shell should be fairly easy I already have the engine compartment, trunk and underside painted.

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DonB
Don Bonar
Prairie Village, KS
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Registered:
09/09/2011 10:06AM

Main British Car:
1971 MG-B 95 GM 3.4 V-6

Re: Getting closer to having a hood
Posted by: DonB
Date: June 18, 2015 03:58PM

Jim,
Great looking job! Having just tackled a bunch of fab work on mine... I have a MUCH greater appreciation of "Pannel beating". Time, more time, smash a thumb or two. English wheel and plannishing hammer, loved the shrinker/streacher and bead roller... welding not so much!

please post more pics when you have time...

Congrats
Bones


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
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Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Getting closer to having a hood
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: June 18, 2015 04:54PM

I have the whole build chronicled here [forum.britishv8.org] There are links to the previous parts at the top. That should keep you busy for a while.



NCtim
Tim Shumbera
Western North Carolina
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Re: Getting closer to having a hood
Posted by: NCtim
Date: June 20, 2015 07:33PM

That's just beautiful!


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
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Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Getting closer to having a hood
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: July 09, 2015 05:39PM

This is the skin on the frame mounted on the car

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This is the Bonded Logic insulation [www.summitracing.com] on the underside of the skin.

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As soon as I repaint the frame I'll crimp the skin onto it and I should have a functioning hood



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/09/2015 05:41PM by Jim Stabe.


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Cypress, TX
(2305 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: Getting closer to having a hood
Posted by: rficalora
Date: July 09, 2015 10:34PM

Looks good Jim. Another milestone!


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3106 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Getting closer to having a hood
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: July 09, 2015 11:16PM

Wish my stock B bonnet opened like that! I had a '73 Ford Courier Pickup that did. I thought it was so cool. I would leave it open, get in, and just let out the clutch a little to close it.


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
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02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Getting closer to having a hood
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: July 10, 2015 11:17AM

Getting the hood to open that way was a bit more difficult than I had originally thought. You can't use a simple hinge because the front of the hood bows out past the front corners and the pivot points of the hinges have to be out in front of the most forward point of the hood or it just pushes down on the top of the grille and won't open. I ended up making a hinge setup similar to what is used on some BMW's and Saabs where the hood slides forward and up and then it is lifted up to the vertical position ahead of the grille. Hard to picture so I'll post some shots of it when I get the hood mounted.


NCtim
Tim Shumbera
Western North Carolina
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Re: Getting closer to having a hood
Posted by: NCtim
Date: July 10, 2015 08:19PM

I just marvel at the engineering of your build. I wish I had that luxery of time right now.

Tim


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5199 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Getting closer to having a hood
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: July 11, 2015 10:51AM

Jim, it looks like you did a very good job of concealing the hinges. I had the same problem with mine, though more so, and I looked to the same sources for the solution. My hinges are very much visible however, with the hood open.

Jim


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
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02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Getting closer to having a hood
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: July 11, 2015 01:19PM

I'll take some pictures of the mechanism when I get the hood mounted



rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Cypress, TX
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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: Getting closer to having a hood
Posted by: rficalora
Date: July 11, 2015 10:29PM

I'm surprised no one has commented on the roll bar. Are you planning to make it out of round stock or something like oval?


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
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Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Getting closer to having a hood
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: July 12, 2015 02:26AM

So you don't think the cardboard one would hold up? I had one made but I didn't like the shape after I got the windshield frame done. The cardboard is a mock up of the shape for the new one. It will have a slightly curved top piece to match the contour of the windshield and the vertical pieces angled inwards toward the top to follow the windshield posts. It will be made from 2" x .120" DOM. Haven't found any ovalized .120" wall tubing and even if I did, I don't know how I would bend it.


Dan B
Dan Blackwood
South Charleston, WV
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Registered:
11/06/2007 01:55PM

Main British Car:
1966 TR4A, 1980 TR7 Multiport EFI MegaSquirt on the TR4A. Lexus V8 pl

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Re: Getting closer to having a hood
Posted by: Dan B
Date: July 12, 2015 08:42AM

Seems like it would be awfully hard to roll that car.


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
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Registered:
02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Getting closer to having a hood
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: July 12, 2015 10:07AM

I agree unless I hit something but better to be safe...


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3106 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Getting closer to having a hood
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: July 12, 2015 11:09AM

Like a curb. It's not like it will be hard to get it seriously sidewayz. ;)
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