Fibre Glass Front ?
Posted 28 July 2012 - 07:34 PM
just a thought
Posted 28 July 2012 - 07:45 PM
I attached a couple of pictures to give you a better idea.
My only gripe was the poor quality of the carbon front end, which I spent a good two weeks reinforcing with proper epoxy based carbon fibre, as stock for the money it was really quite thin and flexible, and in places more gel coat than carbon cloth.
Edited by donjarr, 28 July 2012 - 07:46 PM.
Posted 28 July 2012 - 07:52 PM
Of course, that may not be important to an owner, but it will be in years to come.
Posted 28 July 2012 - 08:51 PM
cooperman - i really want to keep the value of the car but would like to do away with as much rust as possible, that's where this idea came from if i made it so that the front is permanently fixed and has a normally opening bonnet, it should still hold the majority of its value ? as it would still function and look standard
Posted 28 July 2012 - 09:11 PM
Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:43 PM
I know that I would never buy any Mini with a GRP front as I would have to re-fit the steel to make it original again and that could cost more than fitting a GRP front in the first place.
I'm never really comfortable with GRP front ends as I'm concerned that the necessary stress analysis has not been done and that in a frontal impact and especially a 3/4 front impact the GRP and its supporting structure may not be adequate.
A properly done steel as-original front, suitably rust-proofed is, IMHO, the very best way to go for all reasons.
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