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The Angry 8 Ball Build Page 4

 

Body Fitting and Paint Prep Work
 
We received the kit with the body cutouts by the factory, as can be expected not all perfect and most needing enlarging. I will have to do some work on the passengers side windshield cut out once I remove the winshield. The windshield angle is set to 53 degrees that the Whitby soft top requires (to be installed later). The assembly of the frame is a pain and requires much patients. The frame and hardware are chrome plate brass. As of this far it has to be the item on the car that I feel needs improvement Windshield cut out drivers side windshield cut out  
       
The Hood actually was not very difficult to fit and trim. I opted for the MK III hood hinge set it comes with gas shocks so there is no prop rod required. The hinge mounts are pre drilled and the mount location required some grinding to create enough room to let the seat properly. I then potted them in place with 3M HSRF and 3/16th rivets provided with the kit. I also added some HSRF to the scoop cut out area and the hood scoop opening. The hood latch location I found on the internet to be preferred to the Factory Five Racing designated place.
The rest will be handled during the body work phase.
Hood Latches installed Hood scoop opening Hood scoop HSRF filler work
       
The side pipe cut outs were roughly done to just get enough clearance that the body could be properly fitted. I marked it so it could be fully opened ounce the pipes are removed. Side pipe body rough cut out    
       
Just a picture to show how the body fits under the door area. under door area clearence    
       
This is pretty typical of the mold parting lines. When you receive the kit they are sticking up  and are pretty nasty looking. I used a DA with 80 grit to knock them down level the fender tops, after that I took to them with a dye grinder and rotary file. You end up with a small groove after getting down to the good glass it is important to get all of the gel coat out. I have been told it is very important to do this as the seams have a bad habit of showing back up after a few years if not done properly. I then masked off the area and filled with HSRF (high strength short hair) fiber glass filler from 3M. The filler has the correct vinyl ester base resin for the body and will contract and expand at the same rate as the body over the years.    Cobra Mold Parting Lines with HSRF filler The Messes I make building a Cobra Replica  
       
Here are some pictures before I rolled the Cobra back in to start the body work.  Cobra with Doors, Trunk and Hood fitted 1 Cobra with body fitted 2 Factor Five Body installed and ready for sanding
       
  cobra body side steps and gaps hole that needs work

  Roll bar Cut outs Trunk corner that needs work Drivers door step needs work
       
You can see some of the work I have ahead. Hood area needs filler work rear view of body installed Body installed side view
       
       
   

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