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So the cars only been on the road for a few years now and i'm not particularly happy with the paint/body. When we originally started the re-build, the body was in a very bad state, absolutely covered in cracks required a huge amount of time getting it into a reasonable state. After this, the paint was then done with many spray cans, hoping to get a reasonable and inexpensive paint job. So considering this was the first major body work I've ever done its not too bad.

Never the less a lot of cracks have re-appeared, a section on the bonnet has bubbled up due to lack of heat reflective material against the exhaust manifold and there are lots of thin patches.

I plan to have a second attempt over the summer using a proper spray gun, hopefully getting it to a more professional standard so any advise on equipment and techniques will be very useful.

Cheers, Matt.

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What size are you calling original Neville ,Dutton supplied 3 different sizes I know of -:)) possibly more

Hi Daryl,

Phaeton bonnet size, I think its approx 150mm x 25mm

I've got an original one Black White Silver one here.

It's 6" x 1" exactly. (Tim was working in imperial measurements I think)

It's not that nice though as it has very square / sharp edges which snag polishing cloths easily  - which is why I like the domed type

Ooh I just found out the dome sticker people *can* do chrome/silver. I think it is the backing of the underlying vinyl.

So probably we need a transparent gif containing the black and white and the silver layer is then the transparent part

https://www.stickersinternational.co.uk/engine-design/domed/?s=rect...

So just need those transparent gif things.....

I will ask my lad if he can produce the artwork for this with the outline for the letters and the outer line transparent to allow the chrome to show through

Thanks

I guess we then have to choice of domed or whatever sticker in a style reminiscent  of an enamel badge - or a completely flat Vinyl cutout.

I am supposing that the flat cutout type would be all one colour with the paint/gelcoat showing through

That second one is very close if not perfect Neville.

Why not just use Vinyl in your choice of colour, your choice of font  and then just laq  over the whole lot ,easy with no sharp edges

My Son did take a long time to get it right.

Been a long time since the last update and lots of good stuff has happened!

Whilst having the whole body off for the re-paint a few other improvements were made, including a new role over bar, fuel tank with rear end reinforcement and boot floor and a new silencer for the exhaust.

Here's some pics...

Role over bar with cranks so that i can be welded directly to the chassis

Added triangulation and cross bar for seat belt harnesses

Does look too much different with the body back on, just a bit more beefier!

After lots of mulling over we decided to get a new fuel tank that would sit a lot further in the car, just in case of any rear end accidents.. It also gave us the opportunity to rebuild the boot floor on top of the rear end reinforcement which is massively better than the previous version.

Mounted fuel tank with rear end reinforced.

Wiring up the fuel pump and using it to transfer fuel from the old tank to the new.

It has now all been completely paneled over along with the necessary holes for wiring and tank inlet/outlets. With the body back on we now have a completely solid boot space. No pics of the complete final version unfortunately... 

Stolen the silencer of dads Sylva Stylus muhaha. This isnt how it was finally mounted, it sits much closer and straighter to the body works and looks "right".

The car is 95% back together now but iv traveled back to Portsmouth for my last year of uni and have left dad to button up the last little bits.

Look forward to seeing you all at Stoneleigh! 

personally i would have put the ally checker plate upside down in the boot to give the smooth side up.....

 but overall it looks a really nice job.

Cheers.

We did think about whether to go smooth or checker ally but decided checker. Wouldn't think it would be a good idea to rivet checker side down directly onto the chassis.

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