All four wings now have been trial fitted
and adjusted where necessary to give good panel gaps.
One of the 037 scoops has been temporarily fixed to
a butress panel as a trial fit.
One door skin has to be made - this will have an aluminium
skin made to reduce weight, and will then match the
17th April 2005
Go to the HSCC races at Snetterton
16th April 2005
Go to the Montecarlo Consortium Technical
Forum at the Gaydon Heritage Museum
12th April 2005
The doors have been hung which allows
the position of the front and rear wings to be determined.
The return on the 037 hard top is finished, so this
is ready to be bonded to the roof - when that time comes.
The sail panels have been stripped and are now bare
metal. They've been fitted in position to help with
locating the 037 side scoops.
The rear wing needs some trimming before it will fit.
11th April 2005
The uneven hole where a sunroof was fitted
has been evened out. Along the front edge it has been
spot welded to the inner panel, and and the edges improved
with a grinding wheel. Uneven areas that wouldn't respond
to manipulation have been lead loaded and filed smooth.
My double bubble top has been trimmed so it is a nice
even fit all the way around the roof, and a return has
been laminated to the roof to make it easier to attach
to the roof.
The doors are the key to this, so the doors will be
hung on the car with their hinges and positioned so
the frame shuts nicely. The front and rear wings will
take their final position from the doors, so that the
door shuts are nice and even. The front wings will be
adjusted to make sure the bonnet fits and the bumper
037 DOUBLE BUBBLE ROOF HAVING A RETURN
The sail panels have been paint stripped, and these
will be attached to the shell to determine where the
scoops fit. The front and rear glass fibre wings and
the wheelarch extension spats have been extracted from
storage and are being offered up to the car in order
to work out which bits to bond to what in which particular
SAIL PANELS BEING STRIPPED
SHELL WITH GRP PANELS. ALL PAINTED SURFACES
HAVE BEEN KEYED AND RUBBED FLAT
1st April 2005
Today my 037-style
double bubble roof arrived from America along with two
pairs of roof scoops and solid butresses. One pair is
for Rob Bell, who is also involved in a Monte project.
The new roof section will need
some careful trimming around the edges to fit nicely
with the existing roof. but looks an awful lot better
than the hole there at present where a sunroof used
The solid buttresses were supplied
as it may be easier to make these into fully functional
scoops. The GRP scoops themselves will need holes cutting
and filling with a mesh insert
My oversize valves are ready as well,
but the order is waiting at the valve factory until
a run of Fulvia 1600 inlet and exhaust valves to be
finished for Omicron before they all ship together.
They should arrive in a week or so.