Gosh i can't believe its been so long since i've done anything to my poor old 33, but i've got a small reprieve workwise this week, so i decided i'd put it to good use, and had a really good tidy up of the garages, and sorted out my spares and parts a bit more,
which meant coming across my nemsis, the front 75 bumper!!!
as previously, i'd decided to use the yellow one, because the central ducting shapes suited the 33's grill and heallamp lines the best, if only as Johnboy put it, i could man up enough to hack up a perfectly good bumper,
well, i couldn't bare the bumper staring, pointing and giggling at me any more, in fact i'm sure i heard it whisper "Little Girl" once!
so whilst the garage was now clear, plenty of room around the car, i thought right mate, your having it!
so i tooled up, summoned the minerals, and got stuck.
First thing first was to slice it precisely in half, so no going back after that, it now HAS to fit!
Secondly i trimed the wing returns back to a point where they fit good and snug up to the cars arch lines, and as you'll see , i decided not to go with the arch extensions too, mainly because i can't use that arch design at the rear, its a mile off, and i didn't want a wider looking front than rear, no no!
So once the two halves were snug, i marked up on the mount rail where there ends came too, and how much they would overlap if fitted at the same time, measured between the marks, which happens to be 70mm, so then took 35mm off each half,
and this is the result so far
i'm loving the way the grill lines follow all the way down through the bumper, awesome, and i'm so pleased i finally tackled it, the 33 deserved a bit of attention, so i'm gonna try and keep it going a little bit now, even little progress and parts is better than none eh?
so, the day was finished off by drilling through the top of the bumper and countersinking screws into the metal mount rail that runs the width of the bumper underneath the top section, so the two halves are secured in their adjoining position, so now its a case a fibreglassing the joints, and i'll add some strip steel reinforcing to that aswell.
it looks really tight for the radiator to sit in their behind it, so i'd better mock fit that too, and see if i need to shave a bit out of the back of the bumper to stop interference.
apologies that its been so long, but comments chaps?
and thank you Johnboy for your words of encouragement, i feel a man reborn now! ha ha!