Firstly, Happy New Year to everybody. 2018 is behind us, and now to look forward to more progress in life and on this uphill battle that is this custom build. I’ve happily received some photos and info regarding specific parts of this car, but we will continue on the external modifications for now. Everytime I examine photos and measurements, it becomes more and more clear this car isn’t just removal of rear snorkels and front bonnet, this really was a complete evolution of a standard MkII. So let’s get to it and update you guys on how far I’ve come since last update.
I have a problem seeing designs when existing paint is on a car, basically I need a blank canvas to truly see what is being accomplished. I could soda blast, but this time of year and temperature won’t allow me to do it outside, so the next best thing was goof off paint remover and a steel wire brush. After about 2-3 attempts, a good majority of paint was removed. Any left over paint will be removed down the line via soda blasting.
Unique to the MkIIB and MkIV was cutting the left door roof, and building it into the roof for additional rigidity, no one was really using that side, so why waste strength in the body. It took me a bit to find a proper photo that showed whereit was cut. Once I found that out, I had to decide where to cut it, and what to cut it with. Finally, the gap left behind had to be corrected. Solder can’t fix it this time, so Tamiya putty and some careful sanding will fill the voids. To make it harder, the upper guide for the roof of the door is gone like the original, which now exposes additional gaps, and as well needs to be corrected by putty. Finally, it’ll be glued to the body once it is soda blasted to remove any left over paint.
I also began to fill in the large hole left in the rear bonnet. Once again, solder couldn’t be used, so putty had to be used, however to ensure strength a piece of aluminium was cut out and glued into place, that way the putty has some to hold on to, and prevents flexing.
And finally, the front chin was cut off. This was easy, and by the next update, the original brake ducts should be filled in, and radiator guides made and put on, as well as the small aluminium chin spoiler that was added at the bottom.
That’s it for now, stay tuned for more!