June 28, 2007I'm ready for the first phase of glass work. Today I braced all the broken pieces together, kinda like putting plates and screws into your lower back to "fuse" your vertebre. Trust me I know! (Been there,done that).
Anywho, I took these aluminum bars and conformed them to the curvature of the hood on the GOOD side and the flipped them 180degrees to the other side and screwed them down. They are thick enough to force the loose cracked material into following the bars' shape and mimics the other side. Just before final tightening of the screws, a thin metal sheet of aluminum was slid in under all the bars as a "backing plate". Now I'm ready to glass from the OTHER side, which is actually the inside. I will have to cut away some of the damaged area of the inner liner and then glass the backside of where these bars are. After that, back the screws out and begin rebuilding the inner liner and modifying reliefs for the SC and throttle body/intake tube.
After that's done, back to the top to remedy any irregularities that remain, fill screw holes, grind reliefs in the cracks from the top and fill those, bondo and remaining minor areas and then refinish. The hood is now off the car and on the back patio on a table on it's backside ready for work tomorrow morning! Wish me luck, it's gonna be rough!!
Here's a sticker INSIDE the layers...Confirms it's a SHELBY!!!