Tuesday, December 10, 2013


After looking at the rear plywood panel I had the thought about storage. Perfect place for a glove box since the dash is covered and forward of it is taken up with electrical stuff. This has worked out well except that the seat has to be forward to access it.

Saturday, December 7, 2013


This has got to be the perfect car for my wife; back seat driver!!

Friday, December 6, 2013


The hoop tube behind the seat is a long way from the rear panel so I thought it a good idea to give it some support. I just know everyone getting in the car will push on that rear deck to support their weight. Here is my solution.


For the front panel horizontal surface I machined some pins that screw into rivnuts that are set into the frame tube. Hitch pins then insert into the pins. With the Dzus fasteners the 1/4 turn part is riveted to the fiberglass and the rivet has to have a clearance hole in the plate. I had to bend the stock plates to lower them and provide a weld surface.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Today I started on the fiberglass panel attachment. After considering all my options I decided on Dzus fasteners. Anything I could think of would have drawbacks, i.e. screws back out from vibration, latches stick out and catch your pants etc. These really work great; I had them on a Formula Jr. years ago and have always liked them.

I picked up some plumbing insulation today too and it looks like it will work great when wrapped with leather or vinyl. It comes already slit to fit over the edge. On the area between the front and rear glass panels I'll rivet a 1x1x1/8" angle that will take the foam also.

Monday, December 2, 2013


I wanted a nice badge for the front of the bonnet and so I came up with a design and made one. It measures 6-3/4" by 2" by 1/4" thick.

I've gotten a price for laser cutting the parts if anyone is interested.

I've also gotten 10 Dzus fasteners to hold the fiberglass panels on so that's the next project.