Panel Fitting

I spent a lot of time viewing pictures of the Hurricane in the body finishing process. I saw a lot of fiberglass filler being used around the various openings. I was looking for spots that were typical to all builds but really didn’t find any. Some filled around the trunk lid, others filled the trunk…

Tweaking the body for a better replica

Extending the edges After I positioned my body, I learned the opening for my side pipes was not correct. I would have to gain more clearance on the rear but I would have to extend the forward edge back. Extending the edge concerned me since it was cantilevered. I did some research on the web…

Processes & Problems

The body I received was very high quality – on the outside. The inner edges left a lot to be desired. Two issues; 1) voids in gel coat and underlying glass had to be repaired to insure integrity of the finish and 2) I knew that people would be feeling the edge to determine the…

Bodywork materials

Body Materials The Hurricane body is polyester resin over glass fiber. I will attempt to stay with the same manufacturers, to avoid any compatibility problems.  Glasswork I chose to go with Evercoat products. Part personal preference and part due to the overwhelming use of Rage Gold as the finishing putty. Kitty Hair For patching or…

Edge Treatment

When I received my body, the gelcoat was in excellent shape. But as I began to work on it, I learned although the body looked good, the edges were horrendous. The glass cloth had separated, or wasn’t filled, there were all kinds of voids. No where near ready for final body work. I chose to…

Bodywork

Hurrah and ugh. We’ve moved to the point of beginning the bodywork. Another milestone but it also puts me into the messiest part of the build. I don’t mind grease on my hands, but I really dislike Bondo dust on everything. Guess I better learn to like it. Plus as an added bonus, we’ve just…

Still more bondo dust

Anyone need any body filler dust! Put it on / sand it off – and the stuff goes EVERYWHERE.  Nearing completion of the rough bodywork. Undercarriage and side panels have now been sprayed with the first coat of SlikSand.

Door latches

Door Latches  ( or another dive into the modification pool) The door latches that come with the Hurricane kit are duplicates of what was used on the original cars. But that’s where the replication ends. The latch handles/boxes are put on upside down, if you follow the instructions. And the male latch part mounting –…