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Fitting the Bonnet & Louver Side Panels  Part 2

   

Back to the Louver Side Panels.  

Now it was time to cut the louver panels to the lines of the front wing.

We drew a line on the louver following the shape of the front wing . Then we removed  the louver panel from the bonnet and Kenny cut it a little higher than the marked line allowing for the size of the wing piping to be added later. Then he pop riveted the panels to the bonnet skins.

Here comes Mistake No 3  I was given a set of bonnet catches the open spring type and I cut out the bottom of the louver panels to fit them bolting them to the engine compartment side panels and the CBU and drilling the louver panels for them.

Once I had fitted them I did not like them. I preferred the ones that JBA fitted. So they were discarded and new ones bought from JBA.

When I went to fit them they wouldn't line up with the holes I had previously drilled and they were shorter. I had given the old ones away. 

A blind panic set in, what could I do, I'm glad Kenny wasn't there, I had cocked up the louvers, so I locked up the garage and drowned my sorrows. 

I thought about this problem for a couple of weeks and the answer came at an Autojumble I visited, a Chrome side escutcheon, I bought two.

The two holes drilled at the front are for the Falcon scroll.

These escutcheons fitted in the top two holes at the front end of the bonnet and I drilled new holes for the JBA catches.

At the rear of the louver I had to make a higher cut to get the bonnet catch to fit and filled in the old holes in the CBU and drilled other holes.

I also fitted a locking handle to the centre of the louver, which had nothing to do with my mistake.

Even if you do make a mistake all is not lost, it takes a bit of thinking about and perhaps asking other builders if they have any solutions.

Anyone looking at the louvers does not realize a mistake has been made unless I tell them.

 

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