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Looking for a "flat" Plus 2 bonnet

PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:20 am

Greetings,

My car is a February 1970 Plus2S Federal and arrived in the US with a Stromberg head and Stromberg bonnet. Somewhere in it's journey it acquired a Weber head.

Now that I'm restoring, I'd like to find a "flat" bonnet, to go with the Weber head.

I have all the necessary metalwork. Just need the fiberglass :mrgreen:

Please let me know if you can help.

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PostPost by: bob_rich » Sun Nov 23, 2014 12:07 pm

Hi Randy

I have a flat bonnet it has been shot blasted clean but this revealed cracks that were beyond my skills and facilities to fix. Normally shipping to the US would be prohibitive but I dont want anything for it. So if you wanted to look at sorting out transport on some form of "slow boat" then be my guest.

Can photo it if you to help you decide

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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Sun Nov 23, 2014 5:54 pm

Bob: (again), thanks so much! :mrgreen:

I will look into shipping. Might take me a while.

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PostPost by: rqhogen » Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:06 pm

I am new to this site but all I can say is you gotta love lotus guys sharing their wealth for free.
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:21 pm

A good move, replacing the bonnet. I can tell you for sure that if you cut out the bulge and 'glass in the hole with perhaps, a piece from another bonnet, the joining areas WILL show through over time.

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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Mon Nov 24, 2014 12:11 am

Ah . . . I see. Thanks for the tip, Greg. I was not aware this would happen, as we all do fiberglass repairs of holes and grafting new sections on, etc.

I do know that patching into wood will always result in the joint being revealed eventually, as sinking/shrinking and the resulting cracking of finish (you see this in guitar repair/refinishing).

I've wanted to preserve the integrity of the original bonnet, in any case (it has the factory grease pencil unit number on it, like the rest of the parts). So I will look for a flat bonnet for sure. And look into shipping costs :mrgreen:

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PostPost by: pharriso » Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:10 am

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PostPost by: Grizzly » Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:13 pm

Bit of a heads up, expect some tweaking with a Boss motors panel.
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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Sun Nov 30, 2014 5:56 pm

Chris, forgive the tardy response . . .

I don't know what a Boss Motors panel is? Looked for a company of that name in vain. Is the Chris fellow on ebay who sells Lotus panels the Boss Motors you refer to? Not sure why he's making panels that appear to be more expensive than those offered by SJ Sportscars . . . :?
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PostPost by: elan66 » Sun Nov 30, 2014 6:11 pm

Hi Randy,
i think its Boss Motors near Snetterton race track,Norwich(01953-887471)but i dont think they have a website
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PostPost by: types26/36 » Sun Nov 30, 2014 6:14 pm

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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Sun Nov 30, 2014 7:52 pm

Got it. And the bonnet Phil posted earlier is from the same people.

So, is the consensus that Boss Motors is using molds that are not original Lotus and therefore not as accurate, or that the workmanship is inferior? Not wanting to slag businesses unnecessarily, but looking for opinions regarding quality, fit, accuracy of reproduction . . .

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PostPost by: Jason1 » Sun Nov 30, 2014 8:27 pm

SJ Sportscars list new flat bonnets for sale.

http://www.sjsportscars.co.uk/index.php?mod=10

BONNET ELAN + 2 (FLAT) SJ050B0003 ?78.65 +VAT
50/0951 1968 Wedgewood blue +2, 1990 Mini Cooper RSP
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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Sun Nov 30, 2014 9:41 pm

Yes, and seems a very reasonable price, especially compared to Chris at Boss Motors.

However, I haven't asked at SJ as to whether they have stock and where their body parts come from.

Not to mention that I'm in Canada and still hoping to come across a bonnet here in North American :mrgreen:
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