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Post by ard126k » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:10 pm

Nothing to write in about, the car's ready to go to the painter once he finishes up a Brooklands Capri he has in just now.
I've just been doing odd jobs like replacing bulbs in the dashboard and some small bodywork jobs.
Sold a couple of items on eBay which will pay for carpets and wheel nuts.

One thing occupying the mind at the moment though - somebody in the past has cut (very neatly) the canvas straps running over the hood. Why would anybody do that? What exactly do the straps do??


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Post by DARK STAR » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:21 pm

Oh dear oh dear, just spent hours folding my hood correctly and putting on the hardtop so I can't really say.
Perhaps the straps are intended to tension it ?


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Post by Dennis Nicholas » Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:26 am

usually straps are to ensure individual loops of the frame end up in their correct positions when hood erected. Also there aught to be a strip of material (glued?) on top of each hood frame to act as anti chafe between hood and frame?


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Post by ard126k » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:28 pm

I thought they must be to hold everything in place, but won't the hinges along the sides do that anyway? I suppose it'll all become clear when I eventually fit the frame and see what wobbles about.
The material is there along the frame bars, tbh I thought it was velcro (didn't look very closely)


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Post by ard126k » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:32 pm

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Putting on the hardtop? Just shattered my vision of life on the Med. coast....


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Post by DARK STAR » Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:01 pm

Yes I know, but I had to leave it outside for a while and there is always a slight possibility of rain :W


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Post by ard126k » Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:40 pm

Thinking about fitting the hood frame.... I see the frame-to-body brackets are slotted, which dimension do these affect? Up/down, fore-aft, left-right, hood tension? Is there any point adjusting them before the hood itself is on?


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Post by greeny » Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:09 pm

They are for tension in the hood adjust after, or fit and fit the roof to that and when the hood stretches you have adjustment.


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Post by ard126k » Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:23 am

The frame is now on
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although I still have to find a cunning way to join up the straps
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I've made up a rail to hold down the rear of the hood
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but now I realise that it won't fit tight to the body because the rear end of those ****** roof straps will be between it and the body. Or have I got something wrong again?

and bought some SS nuts
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Will see how the fabric fits over everything this afternoon wish me luck!


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Post by scimjim » Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:47 am

The straps should have a metal buckle on the end which attaches to the outboard studs on the frame you’ve made. Edit - I can see the buckle in the first photo.


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Post by ard126k » Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:53 am

That's what I mean, the buckle will hold the frame (and so the hood) up clear of the body. Suppose it's a bit academic worrying about draughts in a convertible, at the end of the day!


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Post by scimjim » Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:04 am

I suppose it’s a few mm clear - use a thin seal if you’re worried but I can’t say I ever noticed a draught from there.


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Post by petermisy » Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:27 am

Buckle goes underneath before the bolt, not between body and fixing bar.

Fixing bar fits tight to body with the hood material folded under/clamped by the fixing bar and glued.

Also, if you have made the fixing bar, well done, but make sure the hood sides of the welded studs are totally ground down flat with the bar or it will rub the hood material and wear through.

Why not renew the webbing instead of joining it?

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Post by ard126k » Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:11 am

The back of the hood is fixed. The strap buckles are quite thin and the fabric covers the gap reasonably well. I suppose I could grind a shallow recess to take them but I don't think I'll bother.
Peter - Yes, I've ground down the bolt heads, thought of covering them with cloth tape but I don't think it's really necessary. Good idea to replace the straps but I'm not sure how to fix new ones to the buckles, I don't have a sewing machine.....

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Post by petermisy » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:25 am

The buckle goes the other side of the body work, ie, inside the car. Before the nut.
Therefore no need to grind a recess.

Or so I thought, I will check mine tomorrow.

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