That's nice to hear Jason - keeping my fingers crossed for you because I love going out in mine and although I'm not a show off type of person it always atracts attention,most of which is favourable! Regards etc
Here's a pic of the new strut top repair panel, complete with the inner strengthening section which has been fabricated from another repair panel. And the smaller strengthening plate that supports the strut.
Once the existing grot has been cut out all of this will be spot welded together before being grafted onto the car.
My first Rapier (the '73) was the same. My solution was less complex and much more home-made than yours. I used zinc coated 18 gauge for the main part of the panel with a 3mm thick steel plate (about 4 inches long) at the point that the damper bolts on. Then lots of rust proofing (can't remember what I used) - that was back in 1989 and it's still solid.
There's a couple of bubbles near the damper mounts on my '68 - so I might be doing the same job on that too .