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    Fill piece to repair bodyshell holes

    Hi Everyone,
    My Nova bodyshell has a big hole above the fuel tank and there's also part of the front wheel arches cut away (it's hard to see, at the top of the arch - the part that folds back in toward the top of the wheel)

    I'm looking to get fill-pieces made up for these areas, but what are my options?
    Does anyone have moulds of these areas? or a wrecked bodyshell?
    I will be contacting the guys at www.poly-creation.eu/nova.htm for a quote, are there any other options?
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve View Post
    Hi Everyone,
    My Nova bodyshell has a big hole above the fuel tank and there's also part of the front wheel arches cut away (it's hard to see, at the top of the arch - the part that folds back in toward the top of the wheel)

    I'm looking to get fill-pieces made up for these areas, but what are my options?
    Does anyone have moulds of these areas? or a wrecked bodyshell?
    I will be contacting the guys at www.poly-creation.eu/nova.htm for a quote, are there any other options?
    IMG_20170725_155544.jpgIMG_20170725_155531.jpg
    I have a similar problem although it's cosmetic. Believe it or not I spoke to a boat hull repair company nearby that works with fibreglass and whilst they were a little hesitant, as long as I removed wheels and elevated the car they were happy to repair my damage.

    Not sure if they'd be able to do a whole rear panel though. However they do specialise in boats that have crashed into land so anything might be possible.

    Just a thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_Vodka View Post
    Believe it or not I spoke to a boat hull repair company
    A very good idea - and very appropriate for a car originally made in a shipyard by boat builders!

    Front wheel arch returns contribute to the overall strength of the nose, so are definitely worth restoring if you can. They tend to be cut away to give extra tyre clearance.
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    Steve,
    I'm not sure you would get a repair panel to fit well enough without a lot of work. It would be easier to do the repair on the car. The way I would do it (other may have better options) grind away 50% of the thickness of the area to repair from the front about an inch all round get some thin aluminium sheet and pin it to the rear of the panel with self tappers or better clekos then build up fibre glass matting over the alli and the ground area untill it stands proud of the original body work, only build up a couple of layers at a time and sand in between. Sand it all down and fill any holes then remove the alli and if you can put a couple strips of matting at the rear of the repair.

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