The Body Work (by request)
Some tips and tricks to mounting the body.
I Hope everyone had a great Christmas. Now that things have settled down a little bit I was able to grab some pictures as per request from Sean. Sean had 2 questions. First was the fuel filler setup and the other was the front hood/nose. If anyone else has questions around specific areas please let me know and I'll be happy to put something together.
The fuel filler was easily the biggest pain when it came to mounting the bodywork on the car. People have done this many different ways but my setup seems to work pretty well. Basically I took the stock fuel filler, cut it to length, re-welded it, took out the anti-siphon ball (this is important! If you don't take it out then it won't fill properly.) and pieced it together using a 90* hose and some adapters from Filler Neck Supply (www.fillernecksupply.com/). It's held up pretty well just make sure all the hoses including the vent tube are fuel rated and sturdy. I originally tried to reuse the stock vent tube hose and it leaked on my way back from a road trip.
The cap is an aluminum marine non-vented fuel cap since there is a vent already in the top of the fuel tank. Cut out a hole with a hole saw and drill for the bolts and that's about it. It fills really well at the pump but still need to watch it carefully as when it gets full it can tend to splash a little bit.
Now for the hood. Again, other folks have done it a little differently then I have. I chose to use aero latches on the back of the hood and on the nose 1/4 turn fasteners. The aero latches were pretty easy I lined them up and used the provided template and a hole saw and jigsaw to cut out the shapes. Then installed the catches where they belong already welded onto the frame.
For the nose I used the provided tabs and followed the instruction on Exomotive's website exomotive.com/exocet/build-guide/bodywork/ From there I ordered some spring fasteners and 1/4 turn fasteners. I rivited the tabs on and rivted the springs. Covered the back side of the nose with tap and marked where I needed to drill. I also used rubber washers with the fasteners to help from cracking the gel coat with some success but it's not perfect. I also mounted the turn signals on the nose and have quick connects to easily disconnect them when I need to remove the hood. I also carry a screwdriver in my little supply box so I can remove the hood in case of issues on the road. The rear is held on in a similar way to the nose. With 4 fasteners and little brackets.
Driver's side top
Passenger side bottom
Passenger side inside the nose.