Series 1, Series 2 bonnet differences.

#1
Hi groovers,
Can you fit the stainless trim on the leading edge of a series 1 bonnet to a series 2? Will this make a S2 bonnet 'blend' better into an S1 car? I have it on good authority that the SC/TC bonnets are shorter and not interchangeable with the S1 v8? Finding it hard to get a cheap S1 bonnet to cut up (here in Oz), need to have a spare in case I don't like the change.
 
#2
Hi groovers,
Can you fit the stainless trim on the leading edge of a series 1 bonnet to a series 2? Will this make a S2 bonnet 'blend' better into an S1 car?

Not without cutting and shutting. Approx15cm from each end then the centre bit will match the centre of the series 2 and you can put the end bits in as "eyebrows" Its not a perfect fit but then again neither is the strip on the series 1.But you need a sacrificial strip otherwise you have stuffed your S1 bonnet. Check this thread MK 1 Bonnet strip on MK 2 bonnet

I have it on good authority that the SC/TC bonnets are shorter and not interchangeable with the S1 v8? Finding it hard to get a cheap S1 bonnet to cut up (here in Oz), need to have a spare in case I don't like the change.
Probably worth measuring, Issue most likely to be the safety catch.
Could be the same good authority that assured me, after the event, that I couldn't possible fit a series 2 bonnet to a series 1.

HINT: MAKE SURE YOU REMOVE THE GRILLE (OR AT LEAST THE DRIVER'S SIDE PORTION) BEFORE YOU CLOSE THE NEW BONNET COS THE SAFETY CATCH ALIGNMENT COULD SHIFT AND IT IS A BUGGER TO RELEASE WITH THE GRILLE IN SITU, believe me I and probably most of the neighbours know!
 
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chrisw

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#3
Hi groovers,
Can you fit the stainless trim on the leading edge of a series 1 bonnet to a series 2? Will this make a S2 bonnet 'blend' better into an S1 car? I have it on good authority that the SC/TC bonnets are shorter and not interchangeable with the S1 v8? Finding it hard to get a cheap S1 bonnet to cut up (here in Oz), need to have a spare in case I don't like the change.
S1 SC/TC bonnets are shorter. S1 V8 bonnets will fit a series 2 car.

The leading edge of the series 2 bonnet is a different shape, so the stainless trim won't fit.

I've seen series 1 V8 bonnets fitted to series 2 cars to clean the lines up, but never a series 2 bonnet onto a series 1 car. In my opinion, the bonnet bulges would ruin the lines.
 
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