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Update March 2015



The Re restoration of FGU

photo canopy wiper area rs.jpg


     There's 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.

In the mean time this is what I have done.


Firstlly 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.

This is a major structural part of the canopy and can be seen in the photo below.photo canopy support inner rs.jpg



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.
photo canopy bracing rs.jpg
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.











 


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