HOOD LIFE

Street Machine - - Your Stuff -

UN­FOR­TU­NATELY for Gary, not every­thing on this build went to plan. His orig­i­nal gen­uine XA GT bon­net was se­verely dam­aged while the car was on its way to Mel­bourne to be wrapped. But Andrew at Batkin & Damme Smash Re­pairs in Wagga de­cided it could be fixed.

“When the bon­net was dam­aged it was so dis­heart­en­ing,” Gary says. “I had put about 100 hours into get­ting it right, test-fit­ting it around the blower and pulling it on and off. But a strap broke in the trailer when we were tak­ing the car to be wrapped in Mel­bourne, and when we stopped the bon­net had folded over on it­self.

“I dragged a good stan­dard bon­net out of the shed and dropped the two bon­nets to Andrew’s work on Mon­day. He went to work af­ter-hours on Mon­day and Tues­day night so it could get into the paint di­vi­sion and be painted by Fri­day night.”

Andrew re­moved the front half of the panel’s top skin, in­te­grated the stock Naca-style ducts and XA bulge, cut the hole for the blower, braced it all and got it fin­ished smooth enough for the satin paint to not show signs of pre­vi­ous re­pairs. Paint? But isn’t AGROXA vinyl-wrapped?

“Af­ter Andrew re­paired the bon­net there wasn’t enough time to get it to Mel­bourne to be wrapped so we painted it in time for this pho­to­shoot,” Gary says. “I reckon you can’t tell it is dif­fer­ent.”

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