I was able to find a brand new old stock hood for a 1978-79 Spitfire near Camrose, Alberta. The owner clained his father bought a Spitfire back in 1978 and the hood was damaged when he received the machine so the dealer ordered him a new one. He never in stalled it and threw it up in the attic and it sat there till I bought it. For 39 years old the hood was in amazing condition; however, there were several hair line cracks in the hood likely resulting from having something heavy set on it. So this post goes into details on windshield install and crack repairs. I was able to purchase a new Kimpex windshield from Center Point Performance in Leduc. Alberta.
One of two small hairline cracks in old new stock hood.
I used a combination of fast set epoxy and fibreglass to reinforce the hairline cracks from behind.
Applying several layers of expoxy over the fibreglass. Once hardened the excess was trimmed and strength was regained in the hood and cracks were almost not visible from the front.
Expoxy dries clear and repair was on underside of hood so not too noticable and strength was regained and crack would not get worse.
Hardware purchased from Home Depot for windshield install - included cabinetry cap screw covers, rubber washers and bolts and nuts.
Kimpex Windshield was not a great fit and trimming with a Dremel tool was required. I used a cut off tool and applied masking tape to make a clean cut. These cuts were necessary so the bolt holes would line up properly.
With windshield installed...screw cap covers give a finished look to final product. Rubber washers were installed between the hood and the windshield and clear rubber spacers were installed between the bolt holes so the windshield would not rub on the hood between mounting points.
Finished product ready for install on the sled...