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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.

  • #2
    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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    • #3
      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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      • #4
        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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        • #5
          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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          • #6
            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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            • #7
              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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              • #8
                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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                • #9
                  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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                  • #10
                    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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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Altimat
                      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.
                      in the 'upsetting things jap youth do to there cars' forum, it was established that the kid seemed to think the engine was in the front, hence the giant exuast. lol

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                      • #12
                        I think that car is actually a purpose built Pikes Peak racer, however, what is it doing in a parking lot?
                        Install { 50% } Complete for now.
                        But stable and running happily

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                        • #13
                          sadly it looks like they had great glassing skills...just absolutly no eye for...looking decent.

                          Unless its just painted plywood and some bondo..

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                          • #14
                            No, No, thats all glass...Have you ever seen those vans they build?? Makes that thing look like a work of art lol...

                            Its not going to be cheaper to build your own kit. The only way it would work out cheaper is if you dropped alot of money into it and built some really good molds and sold off enough of the kits to make your money back.

                            Molds for these things can go up to like 5k and I`m sure some go more.

                            Now your hood on the other hand, shouldnt be that big of a prob.

                            Check out www.icancomposites/forum
                            Alot of nice guys n gals over there willing to help.

                            Best of luck!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by GLi4dr
                              No, No, thats all glass...Have you ever seen those vans they build?? Makes that thing look like a work of art lol...

                              Its not going to be cheaper to build your own kit. The only way it would work out cheaper is if you dropped alot of money into it and built some really good molds and sold off enough of the kits to make your money back.

                              Molds for these things can go up to like 5k and I`m sure some go more.

                              Now your hood on the other hand, shouldnt be that big of a prob.

                              Check out www.icancomposites/forum
                              Alot of nice guys n gals over there willing to help.

                              Best of luck!
                              What he said. You'll find my name on that forum is cfcrafting as well. Just to give you an idea, I recently built molds for a 5 piece bodykit that cost $7500.

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