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  • 5th December 2011 – Engine Bay

    Once we had got the body back on it was really late into the evening, but these are some pictures taken the next morning in proper daylight. We are delighted to finally have the body back on the chassis ready for further work over the winter months. We think the complete set of heat shields now fitted and polished up just look amazing! Thank you again to Dale and Phil and Slipstream design for the CAD work and production.

  • 3rd December 2011 – Fitting Inner wing heatshields

    We fitted the remaining side panels heatshield next, which would also neatly fit over the top of the new well section panels. As we had with the other panels we used a metal folder to create a really neat edge on the bend where the panel would wrap around the corner of the wheel arches. We then fitted by drilling the holes through the fibre glass and riveting into place. As they were pre-made these panels fitted very quickly and easily.
    Once all the panels were fitted we gave them a really good polish up to really bring out the shine. We are really happy with the results and completely glad we spent the extra time getting the CAD design done.

  • 3rd December 2011 – Engine bay – extra metal panels

    We decided after a little discussion to make some extra aluminium panels for the well sections connecting the inner wings inside the engine bay to the pedal box and footwells. Originally we had planned to leave these as a fibre glass finish. We had some extra aluminium sheet left over from the manufacture of the other heatshields so we thought this would really finish the engine bay off nicely. So as went about making simple templates from a couple old cornflakes box to get the shape and size of the 2 well sections. The offside proved a little trickier than the nearside as we had to negotiate the gap for the pedal box.

    Marks cleverly had the idea to give ourselves enough overlap of metal to be able to fold the aluminium right over on its self on the edges which would give us a great finish. So this is exactly what we did.

    We then used tin snips to cut the template out of the 1mm aluminium before using the metal folder to get the shape and the vice to fold the edges over getting a really neat finish. Then we finally fitting and riveting into place on the car.

    I have to confess this was more Mark’s handy metal work than mine (in fact my first attempt was rubbish and we threw this away as a tester piece) but when Marks stepped in, his metal work skills got them both fitting beautifully. With a little polish, we both agreed that this little addition really added that little extra quality to the overall appearance of the engine bay and well worth our efforts. I hope you agree from the pictures.

  • 29th October 2011 – Fitting Heat shields

    We started fitting the heat shields today. We started with the bulk head panel, carefully positioning before marking up the holes, drilling and finally riveting into place. We used 4.8mm diameter rivets. The first 4 panels have gone in fairly easily with only a few minor tweaks. We had to file a few millimetres off a couple of edges to get them to fit absolutely perfectly. We are really pleased with the way they look and well worth getting the CAD design and laser cut out.

    We just need to fit the front inner wing panels now, then polish out any small scratches.

  • 15th October 2011 – CAD heatshields production – Part 3

    After the final computer drawings were complete, Dale sent them through to Mark to do final full size print outs to double check they all fitted perfectly. We had to make a small adjustment to the bulk head panel, but once this was done we were all good to get them sent to be manufactured and laser cut in 1.5 mm aluminium.

    All we need to do now is get them fitted to the body and we’ll be ready to finally get the body reunited with the rolling chassis. We’ll hopefully be doing this very soon.

    The templates we have had produced fit our Hawk LeMan, but will be good to fit to any Hawk 289 body. So if you are building a Hawk Car and you’d like to benefit from our work, you can order a set of metal heatshields for yourself based on our templates by contacting Phil or Dale at Slipstream Design.¬†They have done a fantastic job.

    Slipstream Design:

    +44 (0)113 815 0046



  • 15th October 2011 – CAD HeatShield modifications – Part 2

    As mentioned in the previous post, having seen Andy Gordons FIA Cobra at Silverstone, one thing we really liked with his car was the way he had fitted the metal cladding in the engine bay to wrap around the corner of the wheel arches. This was really tidy and helped the engine bay to really sparkle. So again using his example as inspiration we got to work making amended versions to the templates which we then sent through to Dale at Slipstream Design to modify the computer design specs.

    These are the amended drawings

  • 15th October 2011 – CAD HeatShield production – Slipstream Design – Part1

    The metal cladding heatshields for the engine bay is something we’ve been working on for some time. Fortunately we have brother in law Phil Wilson who has an engineering, design and CAD (computer aided design) company in Leeds called Slipstream Design. They specialise in CAD engineering projects and prototyping of all shapes and sizes and following a conversation with Phil one weekend, we thought it would be amazing to design up exact CAD specs of the heatshields and get them manufactured via laser cutting engineering making them a perfect fit for the Hawks Cobra 289 body.

    Mark being a super perfectionist and having an eye for the details, this idea really appealed as it felt a bit like we have brought a small amount of amazing F1 style precision technology and engineering to our Cobra 289.

    It all started in a more low tech way with me and Mark both working up rough paper templates directly from the Cobra engine bay. We then sent these off to Dale at Slipstream Design to translate onto the computer and produce and exact specs requirements. He then sent us back the drawings which Mark could print full size at work to recheck against the Cobra body. We had to go through this process a few times with minor tweaks and changes.

    We originally planned the inner wing sections to only fit the inner plain of the engine bay, as you can see from the visuals below. However, after inspecting Andy Gordons FIA Cobra at the Silverstone show back in August, we decided to make alterations to these panels to fit them nicely round the corner of the wheel arches. More on this in the next post.