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Update March 2015
Re restoration of FGU
not many jobs I haven't tackled when it comes to body work restoration
but straightening a warped canopy is a first. Over the years the force
from the support strut has bowed the front edge and at the lower
edge of the windscreen. It has also pushed the speedo mounting area
back but thats another story. I was at a complete loss on how to tackle
this - The problem is compounded by the fact the windscreen is a set
size so any work has to be done leaving this area as is. I made a start
on addressing the problem last night and will let you know how it goes
over the next few weeks.
I purchased a cheap Bremmel type kit from Aldi. For a small
sum I got various cutters grinders and sanding attatchments. In this
particular kit was a small circular cutter that once attatched to an
electric drill can be used to cut neatlly through fibreglass without
leaving to much to re fibrelass when the time comes to re do it. The
area around the canopy support strut was in a right mess so I have cut
this section right out. Another weak area that has also bowed is the
area around the windscreen spindle. This area has also been removed.
Behind the support mounting plate is an area sandwiched between the 2
layers of the canopy.
the mean time this
is what I have done.
This is a major structural part of the canopy and
can be seen in the photo below.
The next job was to clamp the
canopy with the aid of angle iron and G clamps. I have now completed
this and the area at the base of the windscreen is now straight. The
problem however is not fixed as undoing the clamps will mean it will
revert to its former warped state. The plan is to fibregass a strip of
metel on the inside of the canopy running the length of the screen.
Part of the canopy support inner bracing has been removed but will be
glass fibred back in place. This hopefully will brace the
area up. Wether it works or not we will see.
I have also used angle iron on the front edge of the screen as the air
scoop was bowed. Im not sure on how Im going to tackle this job yet but
spring is on the way and so things should start progressing.
Bug Club Face book
Biggin has been busy as Bug club membership secretary and has created a
Facebook page for the Bug Club. In its first few days the page has been
well liked and a few folks have posted photographs. If you would like
to have a look the link is above,
Bug Club Membership
have redesigned the Bug Club Membership form linked to Rorys and my own
site. It initially printed out as 3 pages, But with a bit of jiggery
pockery it should now be printing out as one. I have been liaising with
Ron Biggin Re the Bug Club Membership, As more folks now use PayPal we
have made this an option for everybody as opposed to those living
outside the UK.
If you fancy joining or rejoining the club and would
like to use PayPal could you add £1.00 This covers the PayPal charges .
Those new to the club would be best to print out the membership form or
copy and paste it into a word document.
Join the Bug Club
you need a Bug part Please feel free to give Dave a ring on 01424
are ploughed back into the scheme to enable the production of
some of the rarer Bug Parts.
you have a need for a part to be re manufactured please feel free to