Bond Bug ZZR1400 Project
The existing body work is all fibreglass with steel inserts for fixings. All the steel inserts for the canopy hinges etc have rusted and 'blown' with age making the fibre glass bulge.
I have had stainless steel plates made up to replace all of them. Every existing hole for rear lights, gauges, stereo, speakers etc have been filled in with fibre glass to give it a blank canvas for upgrades.
Huge chunks had to cut from the existing shell to accommodate the larger engine.
Wheel arches had to be cut out to suit the change from 10 inch to 15 inch rear wheels and the wider stance on the new axle.
The gear knob and hand brake lever have been taken out as they are now electronically operated. The only lever in the cabin will be the Quaife reversing gear box.
Huge amounts more work to be done yet.
Super strong canopy now - filled with expanding foam from top to bottom
Two part liquid foam used with a plastic icing cake bag
Access holes drilled into underside of canopy for foam filling.
See actuator page for specs
Inner actuator boxing being glassed
Massively strong actuator bottom mount
New dual canopy lifting actuators supports being fibre glassed into place. Inner super strng box being formed inside the wing for the metal mounting pivots.
Magnetic Canopy lock plate fitted to heavily reinforced original lock position - this has to be mega strong to take the pull of the magnetic lock
Electric fuel flap operator cable and gromet arrived
Bentley fuel flap with custom made neck and jewel cap
Inner mount now fitted - big head fittings use
Big head fittings fibre glassed in for mounts
New fuel filler inner mount
Bentley Continental flush fuel filler door fitted
More detailing work
Side detailing finished- fuel hole finished
Flattening out side panel for detailing and fuel filler hole now fibre glassed in
More side detailing work - grinding out star cracks
More edge detailing
Detailing of rear body edges, new boot floor ready to go in
New front indicator recesses fibre galssed in
Swage lines detailed
Front spoiler detailed
Inner air scoop and indicators fibre glassed in
Parcel shelf now detailed
Bug out ready to flipped onto its side
Headlight cowellings detailed
Front indicators and air scoops fitted
New air scoop now moulded into the spoiler - new indicator recessed
Slowly getting there with the mods
Two new fresh air intakes remade in fibreglass - fitted into front spoiler with ducting for fresh air intake into cabin
Front indicator lenses being recessed into front spoiler - fibre glassed box being made
Light pods moulded in
Four new light pods finished
Rear light pods being constructed
Engine side flaps finished - Using DZUS fasteners to secure panels
Detailing head light and bonnet
Detailed central console
Steering column recess finished
Engine passenger side access panel finished
Engine driver side access panel finished
Engine side cover recess formed- Using DZUS fasteners to secure panels
Engine side covers - using DZUS fasteners to secure.
New engine side access covers cut
Heater box finished
Compact hot water fed heater- triple speed fan
Max air flow 170m3/hour
New fibre glass heater box under construction
Bentley badge bonnet fitting completed
Headlamps repaired and detailed
Front spoiler and light fittings repaired and strengthening
Body side skirts repaired and reinforced
Sub woofer hole and speaker box fitted behind passenger seat finished - sub speaker loosely placed into hole
Correct cubic feet size for sub woofer box calculated for the tricky final shape
Original side speakers holes filled in
New sub woofer box now fibre glassed into place behind passenger seat
Under body work repairs and body edge strengthening
Bond badge mounting support completed
Under body strengthening and centre console/air con duct fitted
New sub woofer box ready for fiberglassing to boot area - excess to get the correct cubic area for the 10 inch sub woofer trimmed off - Note the thickness of the sub woofer box
Fibre glassing sub woofer box - added strengthening ribs
Sub woofer speaker mounting recessed into back of passenger seat. Seat backs are stiffened with 3 layers of fibre glass.
New MDF sub woofer box - correct cubic meter size for sub - ready for fibreglassing to make it more rigid - sub woofer speaker goes in recessed to the back of the passenger seat
Spoiler now moulded to body work
Finished spoiler out of the mould - ready to attach to Bug
Spoiler mould made
Spoiler mock up ready for moulding
New rear spoiler being shaped ready for a mould to be taken
Previous repairs re- fibre glassed
Underbody modifications - new centre console with no manual handbrake or seat belt fixings
Bonnet cut out made for Bond badge - under bonnet has been stiffened to prevent flexing and recess for badge - previous repair cracks properly fibre glassed in
Engine bay mods and centre console
Canopy locator plug detailed into dash
Drivers engine side cover fibre glassed in
New pedal box fibre glassed in place
Passenger and driver side engine inner cover being fibre glassed in place
Body off the frame and fibreglassing all the new elements together
Mocking up reversing gear lever location in fibre glass
Hole filling and detailing
Canopy locator lug fitted - Under canopy finished
New pedal box fibre glassed in
Canopy locating lug mount finished - canopy rubber engine seal tested OK
Inner canopy locating lug fitted
Inner dash finished
Added double sandwiched locator plate - top plate will be fitted to canopy
Locating lugs being fitted into central dash board unit and canopy so they mesh exactly when canopy is closed.
Inner canopy moulding
New Air duct moulded inlet customised to fit the Bentley dashboard vents
Air intake rear ducts now moulded
Removable side engine covers being mocked up
Engine passenger side cover extended to allow for rubber seal strip - Notched to mirror canopy closure profile
New central dash back plate - raised ring to accomodate alternator nut removal
Adding engine side cover top ready to take sealing rubber
Side dash now moulded around steering column support - removable engine side panel
Dashboard fibre glassed inner
Bentley Centre console now mocked up - lip added to dial cowling
Dial pod now loosly fitted
Both dash side wings now joined to centre console
Dash radius wing moulded
Bentley central grill now recessed into dash - dial cowling now loosly placed into position
Centre console section now joined with bendy ply and fibre glas - Kawasaki gauge unit now cut out of the top
Kawasaki dial cover mocked up in card board
New dash top panels being formed in bendy plywood and fibreglass. Bentley top air grill being inserted.
Mocking up dial cowling in card board
Body strapped to garage beams so it can be raised and lowered to trim body work and to get clearance around the 170amp external alternator
Mocking up dash board top in card board. The top dash is attached to the canopy and lifts up with it. Engine cover is split to allow access to engine.
Mocking up right hand side of console in foam
Centre console with now modified Bentley rear air intakes. The Bentley air ducts connect to a custom heater unit. The top of the Bentley console has another air duct grill to be modified from picture.
Bentley upper dash
Console centre framework
Mocking up engine surround and dash in foam then fibre glass
Positioning new steering column ready to make up its fixings in relation to centre console.
Left hand side engine casing now made in fibreglass
Roof lock filled in and reliants bad filling on canopy top detailed.
All drainage channel on side of canopy fixed
Mocking up Bentley centre console fibreglass recess mount
New canopy side door hinge mounting plates finished
Working on replacing existing canopy latch fitting to covert to electro- magnetic catch. Lock now boxed in.
Detail work on canopy edges continues
New canopy wiring for electronic rear view mirror and fibre optic ceiling lights being routed to hide them. Old side metal tubes cut out and new tubes and hinge mounting plates glasses in.
Added a 5th cable for conversion to two speed wiper motor.
Rusty Canopy side tubes and hinge mounting plates cut out and replaced with new metal and re-fibre glassed back in
Fibre optic light unit recessed into canopy and secured by using Terry clips for easy removal. The hole is a lot larger than the unit and will be vented to allow for heat generated to escape.
The fibre optic light unit is only 7W but measuring its temperature output when fully lit it measured 33C so it needs this extra ventilation.
New 15mm rod inserts now fibre glassed into canopy side.
Existing wheel arches now cut off and foam moulding used to produce the template to take a fibre glass mould.
The old arches are the correct radius of the new wheels.
Tooling Gelcoat applied ready to be fibreglassed to produce mould
Arch mould preparation
Arch mould proforma and mould ready for final fibre glassing
Formed arch out of the mould
Finished light original holes blocked in
Left rear arch cut off ready for new mould production - foam being used to make new wider arches, the shape nearly ready to take mould
Left wheel arch finish ready to take mould
New right arch tacked on ready to joined to body
Left wheel arch mould and finished item
Left wheel arch to use to make mould
Original lighting holes
Number plate and lights detailed
Body work and canopy hinge mounting steel plates corroded and cut out. New stainless steel insets re-fibre glassed.
New aluminum hinge positioned in new stainless steel inserts
Canopy - new stainless steel hinge mounting plates fitted - new aluminum hinges fitted
New canopy hinges fitted- fettling needed to adjust shut lines.
Spoiler ready for new indicator lights and number plate
Over time both of the canopy sides had bowed out and are no longer flush with the bodywork.
Thin slices of fibre glass were cut out each side of the canopy to pull in the sides. The slots were re-fibre glassed to set them in new positions perfectly.
The canopy sides and body work are now perfectly flush.
Finishing off the canopy bottom
Starting the scoop construction on the canopy
Modeled central air-box cover scoop in fibre glass
Inner canopy scoop
Inner canopy scoop formed to clear air box
Canopy inner scoop loosely fitted
Finished first part of inner scoop moulding
2nd part of inner scoop being moulded in foam
2nd half of air scoop mould made.
2nd part of air scoop joined
Nearly finished air intake
This flow directs fresh cold air directly from outside into carburetter air box to improve perforamance. Almost ram air.
Clear fibre glass sheet made up to add more more trim to internal scoop
More inner scoop being shaping to accomodate the canopy rubber seal location
New outer scoop template mocked up using MDF
External canopy scoop mould made and internal duct offered up for sizing and fit.
Getting scoop out of its mould
Scoop out of the mould ready for trimming - this is super strong to keep canopy stiff
Finished scoop being glassed in to its final position - inner scoop fitted temporarily
New scoop being glassed in place
Scoop edges blended to the canopy
Outer scoop radius added to match altered body inner radius - this allows for a body rubber sealant strip to be fitted to seal cabin
Spoiler now bonded to canopy top
Additional moulding to body air inlet
Test body seal rubber in place- using a special D shaped rubber profile that forms a great water tight seal between body and canopy.
Sponge D-profile 21x15mm with adhesive black
Shaping other side of the body air intake to suit new seal
Inner canopy moulding temporarily fitted
100mm dia OD pipe being used as a proforma for air box extension into scoop
Inner scoop loosely in place - not removing the original scoop cross member until new central canopy is reinforced.
New reinforcing canopy strip and window edge made
Nice mega strong fibre glass cross member and window edge formed
Internal canopy scoop laid in loosely
Body prepping- Roof shows Reliant's bad filler from the factory to a dip in the roof
Original body work chopped out ready for new mouldings
Original body work chopped out ready for new mouldings
Original body work chopped out ready for new mouldings
Serious soda blasting kit used
Under body has been soda blasted to remove 40 years of grime and flaking paint
Boot badge - higher or lower ?
Custom made new badge backing rubber to straighten out concave badge mounting to flat boot lid.
Custom made rear boot in steel with mesh insert to allow triple fan unit to expel air. Crome hinges and Bentley badge added. Boot lid is held in place with remote fob operated magnetic lock.
I have included 'door poppers' so the boot releases and the Classic Mini door straps.