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Replacement Side Panels for FE35

Discussion in 'Classic Machinery' started by Vizslaman, Jun 8, 2018.

  1. Vizslaman

    Vizslaman Member

    Location:
    Hampshire
    I am in the process of stripping down the bonnet off my FE 35 and though the side panels are sound they are a bit beaten about, so I was wondering if it would be more economical to replace them with the panels from Vapormatic rather than get a panel beater to sort them out.
    Has anybody used the Vapormatic panels if so what is the quality like.
     
  2. Yes vap ones is what I use they fit the nearest

    Been a few years since I did one though so others may of changed
    But vap would be my 1st call
     
  3. MrNoo

    MrNoo Member

    Location:
    Cirencester
    Others haven't changed, I used repro ones on mine (not sure what make, think they came from Mayhill or Silverfox) and the fit was very poor, took a lot of work to get them somewhere handy and then I had to weld a 1/2" strip on the rear of the bonnet to get it all to match up nice and flush to the dash panel.
    If the original ones are salvageable I would get them repaired and re use. There is a lot of work in getting a 35 bonnet all straight and fitting nicely with a decent shut line to the dash but worth doing as it is such a large visual part of the tractor, Hopefully get tyres on mine this week and she'll be finished, I will post a picture when done.
     
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  4. Vizslaman

    Vizslaman Member

    Location:
    Hampshire
    The shut lines were rubbish when I bought it so it will be a real challenge to get them right.
     
  5. Yes panel fitment requires some effort

    It makes you laugh how far they actually are out
     
  6. MrNoo

    MrNoo Member

    Location:
    Cirencester
    There is quite a bit of adjustment on the dash binnacle itself, slotted holes on the battery side and you can also tilt the pedestals a fair bit down by your knees, this will adjust the shut line at the top of the bonnet, while the slotted holes take care of the sides, although sometimes even this isn't enough, am not 100% happy with mine yet but need to see it out in the daylight and see how it looks.
     

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