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    Has anyone tried exterior fabrication?

    I'm interested in playing with fiberglass and adding onto my project car. I've read very short how-to's on styrofoam body kits, but has anyone successfully made a body kit with a decent appearance? I'm also looking into adding some creases to my hood (elevating the center a bit). That may be best done with cutting the hood and adding brackets to raise the center metal up a bit, and fiberglassing the sides to smooth the install. I'm also interested in covering up the rear wheel wells (so that half of the wheel is visible). I was thinking about fiberglassing and adhesing the creation onto the wheel well with wood for the base. Has anyone done any exterior fabrications? Thanks for your input.

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    dont waste ur time trying because if you mess it up it will look funky i would just spend money buying a kit

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    I've thought about it for the longest time...would require a lot of matte, resin, bondo, elbow grease, and time, but it can be done.

    It would be a good thing to learn how to glass with, but start off with one of your smaller projects.

    Some people dont have the hundreds to fork over for a kit, xdjxklusivex

    ....I wouldn't cover the rear wells tho
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    I would reccomend taking a body shop class. REALLY helpful. If you want to do it on your own, go to a junkyard (treasure lot) and get some old hoods, and work on them before jumping into your own.

    I would advise against covering the wheel wells. Flat tires wouldnt be to much fun to change, and if you get a blowout, its just that much more debris to go flying/ having to repair.
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    My my, I never thought of the flat tire scenario (doh). Maybe I should take a body shop classs (for a lot of money). There are no body kits available for my car. I've just gotten my first car, so I am eager to begin my practice and experimentations with fabrication.

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    It's easy, and with a little effort, can come out looking really nice and classy.

    Like this:
    Chrysler 300 - Fabricating
    http://hallert.net/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chairboy
    It's easy, and with a little effort, can come out looking really nice and classy.
    OK I give up what are the red things on the hood?

    You can do it but it takes some ability, at least $1000 worth of materials, and a few hundred hours of time. I prototyped body kits for about two years.
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    Its not that hard if you've ever done paper mache. I rebuilt the nose cone for my Porsche 944 and repaired my friends Nisson (sp?) Hardbody body kit (missing large chunks) and I never took a fiberglass course, but i did make a near little dragon in art class out of glue and newspaper. Walmart has decent prices on fiberglass and resin. I got a kit from Nappa to repair the truck.
    An idea is to go to the junk yard and buy a stock front or whatever for your vehicle and chop it up how you like, leaving the top/sides where it mounts and building off of that using cardboard, wood, and/or wire. If you have some experiance I would recommend forming foam and slapping fiberglass on top to get those pretty curves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chairboy
    It's easy, and with a little effort, can come out looking really nice and classy.

    Like this:
    looks like a life sized lego car haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chairboy
    It's easy, and with a little effort, can come out looking really nice and classy.

    Like this:
    Ridiculous! I suppose it's all about creativity and application when it comes to how one builds his fiberglass creation. I'll experiment, I suppose. And read a few more guides on how to fiberglass. Thanks for the input, especially from Altimax; I didn't realize how much fabrication can cost.

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