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+2 Boot/trunk interior

PostPost by: Iyarno » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:18 pm

I need to refit my boot interior (1968 +2). Can anyone supply templates or photos of their boot to help me work out what size/shape to cut the plywood, and where/how it attaches to the body. Specifically, I'm missing the back panel which hides the fuel tank.

All info appreciated.
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PostPost by: DavidLB » Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:14 pm

Mine is out at the moment I can measure and sketch a plan for you if you would like
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PostPost by: mbell » Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:27 pm

I am also missing all the boarding/carpet in mine. So would be very grateful for any sketches/measurements for the panels.

Also any thoughts on material to use. I've been thinking some type of lightweight plastic sheet/board instead of plywood/MDF. I've not been able to get the right key words into google to identify any possibles so far thou.

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PostPost by: theelanman » Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:38 pm

I uploaded a CAD file a while back...It was on the old site.....
not sure where it is now....
its on my PC at home....but that's 200 miles away.....
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PostPost by: theelanman » Thu Aug 15, 2013 5:12 pm

found it.....
only problem is that the yahoo site that was hosting it seems to have gone.....
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PostPost by: Iyarno » Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:34 pm

None of the links seem to work here. It would be great if they could be revived or re-posted.

The CAD drawings sound perfect. I had a look in the workshop manual but there's no mention of the boot.

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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:25 pm

Maybe...

+2 boot shelf.JPG and


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PostPost by: Iyarno » Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:53 pm

Thanks John. So how is it supported? I have 2 small blocks of wood on either side and a metal rail at the back running the length of the fuel tank. Does anything else support them?

I also need guidance for the back panel which covers the fuel tank. Is there another CAD file for this, and what holds it in place?

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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:10 pm

Ian
You should have another metal rail at the back (handle / lock end) of the boot and a piece of timber nailed to the underside of the right hand panel to support thr left hand panel...

John :wink:

P.S. the back panel on mine is held in place by two square cut-outs that engage the bottom of the fuel tank strap fixings...
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PostPost by: stugilmour » Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:44 pm

There are 'L' shaped brackets that are attached to the wheel well walls to support the floor boards. I think it's two per side that I used. I can take some pic's of mine later this evening.

There is an angled piece between the tail lights that supports the boards at the rear (of the car). They have two threaded rods that are retained by a clip. These rods poke through the floor boards and are held down by wing nuts.

Based on advice here I put 3/4" x 3/4" battens around the perimeter of the plywood boards to stiffen them and provide more room to clear the top of the spare tire. I cut the battens shorter around the battery to clear the terminal posts. Ended up with the floor sitting flat.

We didn't have a nice dimensional drawing of the bulkhead piece that covers the tank posted here. I used my original fibre board piece as a template, but I think I made it a bit larger than the original and used plywood the same as the floor boards. I covered it in some thin foam cut a bit larger, and then covered with carpet. Seals the boot better. There is a notch required to clear the filler elbow. I cut the carpet symmetrical with the right side and the carpet nicely covers the filler elbow plumbing. With the extra foam and carpet the bulkhead wedges in pretty well without using attachment bolts.

The bulkhead is held in place (stock) with two hex head bolts threaded in from the back of a piece of the fuel tank hold down straps. i think wing nuts and washers were used to hold it in place, using the two bolts as sort of threaded studs.

You may have to make the floor boards a bit larger front to back than the stock dimension to hit the front and back supports. I attached an ali strip to the back angle support to make it all fit.

The way it is supposed to work in stock form is the bulkhead can stay attached and the floor boards lifted out. My setup makes this a bit difficult, as the floor boards kind of tuck in under the bulkhead.

I think the original floor board material was 3/16" thick mahogany plywood painted matte or dull black.

Can't recall if it was stock or I added them, but I have a 'L' shaped bracket support using the side bumper bolt.

I will try for some pics in the next day or two.

Note the floor board fit is pretty sloppy, with maybe 3/4" clearance to the fibreglass.

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PostPost by: Iyarno » Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:05 pm

Thanks Stu/John

Any photos you have would help enormously. And as I'm missing the bulkhead board completely, stock dimensions would be useful too - just to avoid school boy errors and know that I'm on the right lines.

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PostPost by: mbell » Fri Aug 16, 2013 4:50 pm

A couple of pic of my boot I had to hand.
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IMG_1147.jpg and
Left side of tank, notice bracket that has dropped.
IMG_1203.jpg and
Rear support bracket
IMG_1146.jpg and
Bracket from the fuel tank, and battery location. Note bracket to right
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PostPost by: TeeJay » Fri Aug 16, 2013 6:43 pm

More photo's to add to mbell's.

Boot Floor support bracket- Fuel Tank
Length = 20 1/4" Height = 7/8" Width = 3/4" Thk = 0.079"
Boot Floor support bracket - Fuel Tank.jpg and


Boot Floor Support bracket - Rear
Length = 46" Height = 7/8" Width = 1 1/8" Thk = 0.079"
Boot Floor support bracket - Rear.jpg and


Rear Wing RH & LH brackets.
Length = 2". Height = 7/8". Width = 1". Thk = 0.079"

RH Wing bracket.
Boot Floor support bracket RH Wing.jpg and


LH Wing bracket.
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Boot Floor support bracket -LH wing.jpg and
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PostPost by: TeeJay » Fri Aug 16, 2013 6:52 pm

Fuel Tank board.

Mine is the original black fibre board, which I have glued a new carpet.
Fuel Tank Board.jpg and


Measurements:-
Long Length (bottom) = 41 1/2". Short Length (top) = 38 1/2". Height = 12". Cut out = 8" x 3"
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