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Box Spridget fiberglass front end - front mounting

RickB

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I'd like to DIY a front mount for the fiberglass front end we have.
I've seen various kits for around $150 however I always like doing things myself whenever possible.
So - is there a simple way to do this?
 

apbos

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Yep
Let me get some pics this weekend. But my speedwell bonnet came attached to a midget tub via some wooden door hinges and a theaded rod. The rod went though the front frame rail and then through the 1/2 hinge. The hinge was bolted to the lower portion of the valence.

Paul
If you have some links to other methods I would sure like to know as I have the bonnet almost ready for paint and want to use the best possible method to attach it.
 
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Looking at the archives on an infamous spridgety list gave me some ideas.
Here are a couple pictures:
 

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Some one used the rubber blocks that mount a spridget sway bar as a hinge point.
That is they just use the blocks and bracket mounted to the bonnet.
Such a mount would eliminate any rattleing.
Had a BE that had homemade brackets bolted to the bumper mount holes on the frame and a rod running thru the normal BE front end latch rod holes. Worked very well.

Kurt
 
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Kurt, those are both very interesting ideas!
Thanks!
 

Jim_Gruber

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Take a look at Gerard's Web Site. Blueprints are there for Front Tilt Bracket Set you can easily make and likely modify to fit a SWA Bonnet. I use SS Draw Latches from the McMaster Carr Catalog. Easier to fit than Spitfire Latches 2 small screwholes.
 
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