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Old 01-13-2008, 10:47 PM   #1
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Default Hood insulator revisited......again.

The old versions (previous on page 1, and older on page 2):
http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...ic.php?t=44080

Thought I'd try something different this time, but before cosmetics, I have to consider mechanical strength. The vent cutouts remove alot of support and make the insulator too flexible. This particular victim is Red Deer'* old one that SSEiMatt93 brought down here under the hood of Damien last year for me.

Trust me, the old insulator looked good before a year of storage. Butt the back side of Matt'* was losing the cheescloth, so it'* time to re-cover it in a waterproof rip-stop nylon, but first we have to cut out for the vents:
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Time to reinforce the vent area now. This is very strong 1/8" styrene sheeting from the hobby store, laminated in with headliner adhesive. It adds just the right amount of rigidity to the cuts:
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Same stuff to fill in the underhood light hole and the rip in the insulator:
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Headliner adhesive applied to the back (hood side) and the nylon, then pressed, cut, and wrapped around:
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This will be in contact with the underside of my hood:
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Now let'* get creative with that styrene:
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Now the canvas duck-cloth (visible side) has adhesive applied, as does that side of the hood insulator. This is right after placing them together, before flipping it and 'pressing in' the contours:
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After initial trimming and before punching the retainer holes. Some more smoothing tomorrow after this dries will go a long way (ignore the water on it):
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Not bad for a couple hours of work. But I had experience from doing this twice before.
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Good use of the styrene, looks great
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I like the 3D arrowhead theme.

Looks good Bill.

Are you going to add some colour
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I like the 3D arrowhead theme.

Looks good Bill.

Are you going to add some colour
I completely agree on the color! If you do paint it in some way, would you do that with red to match the goods in the engine bay that stand out? I also really like how smooth the new insulation appears. It'* very clean. In fact, your entire car is clean! You're doing a superb job with your Bonnevilles. Hopefully, my 94 will one day look like a car you want to ride in and not mind if you're up to date on your tetanus shots.
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I'm debating color. I'll put it on the car first and see how it looks. But I'll have to make that decision before I waterproof it further. It doesn't really need it, but it'* added insurance.

I also need to reinforce the edges to prevent peel. I had a slight amount of that on the last one.
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Its about time!
Yeah, I had to remove my stock cover to carry that one down to oregon installed in Damien
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