AydinZ71 Posted May 12, 2022 Author Share Posted May 12, 2022 Appreciate it @clarkspeed. I like the format here where folks can respond with their own volition based on interest, but I am entering a phase in the project where I might need to reach out directly. Greg has been a huge help as well, but his (well deserved) at-home-bodywork days are behind him so there are always questions being the novice I am. Between you, John, Jon, and the rest this has been a great resource for almost two years now. on to the updates: I finally tackled the FRP hatch. If you are familiar, there are little steel stand-offs on the OEM hatch which mates with the hinge assembly near the roof of the car. I cut those tabs off my old rusty/damaged hatch and used them to correct the mating angle onto the hatch reinforcement channel. I test fit the hatch onto the car and drilled two 1/8” pilot holes through the fiberglass channel into the steel tab from OEM hood. After some finagling and repositioning the hinges, I was satisfied with the through holes. Mocked the whole thing up with through bolts and was ecstatic that the hatch went on with symmetrical gaps and nothing protruding too badly. I was anxious about the fiberglass being stressed and cracking, so I decided to put flanges on both sides of the channel to distribute the pressure. To maintain geometry, I used some spare 20-gauge stainless on the hinge side. On the opposite end of the channel, I used a small strip of 1/8” 6061AL. I chose these materials because they are light, quite resistant to inelastic deformation but still elastic enough to “hug” the fiberglass surface. Bolts are 1/4” X 2” SAE. Now on-to the single latch. IMG_8486.MOV IMG_8467.MOV Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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