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PPE Team Car Project: Boot2Bonnet Blog

You can see some of the body work done by Nick Upton of "Boot 2 Bonnet" by clicking on the photos below!



The Body man test

by Boot2Bonnet | February 21, 2013

If you ever want to test a bodyshops skills send them a car that has been a race car it’s entire life. This car seems to have been hit from all sides and has been rolled once. The owner wants to keep the roof because it is part of the history of the car. The modifications to the car are endless and most will have to be corrected. Currently I have replaced the bulkhead, upper and lower dash rail, and the front clip including inner fenders as the car arrived with a flip front. The cross-member and boot floor have also been removed before media blasting.


Media blasting in house

by Boot2Bonnet | February 22, 2013

We are officially blasting car in-house, with our new dustless blaster.


Cross member in and epoxy primed

by Boot2Bonnet | February 23, 2013

The body is in epoxy primer to after metal bumping the quarter panels to remove the dents. The car was full of crush rivets from old fender flares and other holes in the body that had been filled. All the rivets were drilled out and the holes welded up. The cross-member had two sleeves welded in before mounting to reinforce were the racing seat will bolt in.


Boot floor in

by Boot2Bonnet | February 24, 2013

The boot floor is in and plug welded into place. Just need to install the OE tank mounts and rear valence. and the body is ready for block sanding and primer.


Metal work done, time to start sanding

by Boot2Bonnet | March 13, 2013

The metal work is finally done, the doors have new skins installed and painted, yes painted. The reason the interior of the door was painted before installing the door skins, is the car will have no door panels being a race car. Taking time now to pre-paint areas that would be difficult later ensure the best quality in hard to reach areas (inside the doors). The door gaps also need quite a bit of adjusting to even thing out and ensure an even gap around the doors. Now to use some filler to fine tune the body and prep for primer.


Finished PPE

by Boot2Bonnet | August 25, 2013

Here is the finished PPE going back to 7ent for assembly.