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    someone told me that once set it's never coming apart - it's set now, they weren't just whistling dixie.... I'm impressed.
    Doing it all wrong since 1966

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      screws are out and these things are not coming off .... dang that stuff holds... it goes tacky after a couple hours, then kind of gummy for 16 hours, then rock hard...


      fender clamps to make the back line up - I figure I'll let these sit like this for a day or two and a few heat cycles ... hopefully they'll yield to that position so the fiberglass isn't holding it in tension.


      this side took heat to get it to move in


      this is pretty close


      this is not - the fix is cut away under structure (inner fenders) then fiberglass it in the right position


      and rookie mistake.... I didn't grind the fiberglass back on the back side of this before gluing... ah well, easy enough to fix


      this I'm not sure what I did but the fix is easy - just trim the lip on the fender so it fits in the channel


      overall though, I'm quite pleased.
      Doing it all wrong since 1966

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        its starting to look like one of those crazy 70's
        greenwood specials. AND its got the motor to back up
        that look. aint a bad place to be !
        Last edited by fatguyzinc; February 19th, 2018, 09:26 PM.
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        • Re: Plastic Fantastic tew

          screws are out and these things are not coming off .... dang that stuff holds... it goes tacky after a couple hours, then kind of gummy for 16 hours, then rock hard...


          fender clamps to make the back line up - I figure I'll let these sit like this for a day or two and a few heat cycles ... hopefully they'll yield to that position so the fiberglass isn't holding it in tension.



          this side took heat to get it to move in



          this is pretty close



          this is not - the fix is cut away under structure (inner fenders) then fiberglass it in the right position



          and rookie mistake.... I didn't grind the fiberglass back on the back side of this before gluing... ah well, easy enough to fix



          this I'm not sure what I did but the fix is easy - just trim the lip on the fender so it fits in the channel



          overall though, I'm quite pleased.
          NOW I see pictures... Have been seeing everybody's but your's till now!

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            fiberglass resin came from Napa and Home Depot (bondo brand). without going into the argument, fiberglass resin is fiberglass resin... yeah, there are some who'd consider those fighting words, but I don't care - it all holds the same.
            Them be fighting words!

            There are two types of resins used in making stuff with fiberglass, epoxy resin and polyester resin.

            Most times polyester resin is the resin of choice.

            Epoxy resin is used when you want a resin that is not reactive with other chemicals, particularly polystyrene. Shaped polystyrene is an easy way to make a form and using polyester resin will have it dissolve in front of you...


            Tim
            Melbourne Australia

            65 Hardtop Impala, 70 GTS Monaro, 93 "80" Landcruiser

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              Them be fighting words!

              There are two types of resins used in making stuff with fiberglass, epoxy resin and polyester resin.

              Most times polyester resin is the resin of choice.

              Epoxy resin is used when you want a resin that is not reactive with other chemicals, particularly polystyrene. Shaped polystyrene is an easy way to make a form and using polyester resin will have it dissolve in front of you...

              while that's great - you should hear the epic battles are about West Marine epoxy vs. hardware store epoxy. After chalk brands, it's the most fought over issue in the Corvette world. Personally, I think they either sniffed too much glue or too much chalk.
              Doing it all wrong since 1966

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                back to the back

                PB didn't upload the picture of it ready for glue... but it's 15 degrees outside so gluing is going to have to wait.

                I started grinding on these, and they're better then I thought - but still... well just look



                top is fine, center isn't terrible because the door dives behind the fender


                and fine at the bottom


                looking forward, they don't look terrible



                ah well, I can't fit or filler tonight so onto something else

                opinion time
                projector lights








                So here it goes. I like the C3 pop up lights. I'm not in love with removing the pop ups or the full pop up.... so what to do? I think this is the solution..... I'm going to remove most of the assembly behind and use an electric motor to raise them both (or short-throw actuators).... once done I'll then make surrounds for the lights to blend them like the stock lights blend.... thoughts? I don't like the blank spots between the lights but then again, I like this far better then stock...
                Doing it all wrong since 1966

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                  Maybe put three of those projector lights in each side, that will take up the space.
                  Tim
                  Melbourne Australia

                  65 Hardtop Impala, 70 GTS Monaro, 93 "80" Landcruiser

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                    I definitely like the lower profile! I'm sure you can make them aesthetically pleasing when finished...
                    Patrick & Tammy
                    - Long Haulin' 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014...Addicting isn't it...??

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                    • Re: Plastic Fantastic tew

                      Luggage racks are for practical cars, I don't do practical... ever


                      countersink the holes then use aluminum tape to block the back

                      best of all, I can just hear the car show in 50 years complaining that I used such a method

                      cause I hate cleanup, I put blue tape around the holes


                      while I was fiberglassing, I started the inner fenders


                      I also sealed the bonded panel so nothing gets behind the panel once I do the filler


                      and I got this side closer


                      a bit of cleanup before it hardens




                      time to drill the holes for the lights






                      bond aluminum angles to the flange


                      I spent a solid hour trying to find the mixing nozzles for my other bonding stuff.... ah well, glue is something I have lots of


                      and now glued to the panel


                      long way to go, but that's step 1


                      Doing it all wrong since 1966

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                        time to make the car stable but still be able to go up and down on the lift




                        Tempted to try that rust/restorer stuff on this...


                        time to glue the corners - figure I'll do it in 2 stages, first what fits then the upper part...

                        and glued


                        high tech holding devices


                        and glued





                        Doing it all wrong since 1966

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                          Ratchet straps are my friend, too. I often use them for lots of stuff including tightening up frames in the wood shop as the glue sets. All looks great to me!

                          Dan

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                          • Re: Plastic Fantastic tew

                            What projectors are you using? Looks like you could fit a Hella Micro DE foglight, or it's HID drivng light version in there as well.
                            And I agree with you on luggage racks, it's even worse when people put them on cars with actual trunks.

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                              What projectors are you using? Looks like you could fit a Hella Micro DE foglight, or it's HID drivng light version in there as well.
                              And I agree with you on luggage racks, it's even worse when people put them on cars with actual trunks.
                              I dunno what brand.... I bought them from Amazon and their price point was the important bit because I didn't know if I would use them or not... now that I will, I'll figure out the specifics - for that, thank you.
                              Doing it all wrong since 1966

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                                alright - photobucket jumped the shark tank, so let Imgur reign.
                                So alignment was an issue


                                so I did a bit of cutting so it's a smooth transition



                                then some frankenstein work




                                and a bit of taping


                                then a whole lot of fiberglassing

                                inner fenders


                                and across the top


                                now the back is glued on.... and time to start working forward
                                Doing it all wrong since 1966

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