Whilst we were beavering away at the Practical Classics show at the NEC we were approached by a gentleman who wanted to add bonnet louvres to his Jaguar show car. He could have taken the factory kit route which is a kidney shaped vent as per used on the supercharged model or had welded in sections however he wanted to follow the e-type style and have straight louvres and requested nothing be welded in but, if possible, the vents could be pressed from the existing bonnet.
As we had only done this on aluminium panels previously our approach of wooden dyes would not have worked due to the hardness of the steel these needed to go in to. We ended up making 2 sets of dyes (We made the front set slightly smaller than the ones at the rear of the bonnet as when we mapped it all out the effect did not look right with them all the same size) and with the help of our magnetic folder we made short work of the job. Following the fabrication work we obviously had to match the paintwork finish to show standards and refit the bonnet.
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