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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Fiberglass Repair - Video Updates

Included in this post are 3 video updates. The first video is a 360 tour, the second video shows the progress made on the fiberglass repairs, and the third video discusses the front end structural rebuild including the headlight supports. I see one of the videos includes our dog Casey. Be sure to play the videos, these are not pictures.


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7 comments:

  1. Nice. It looks like you guys are taking great care to make sure everything is perfect, before moving on.....vs going fast and trying to get it all done quick. Cant wait for the first spray where everything becomes one color. Question: Did you feel the body was going to be so much work, when you bought it? Jim

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  2. Jim,

    Yes, I was aware of the fiberglass repairs that needed to be made before I bought the car. Remember, many of the replacement parts needed were part of the original sale. These included the left front inner fender well, the support brace for the nose of the car, the radiator core support and all 4 fender well panels. The only surprise was the hole in the firewall and Dennis and I had previously discussed that it would require repair. So yes, I knew the car would require this work.
    I was also asked today if the fiberglass repairs were uniform in their thickness and, once painted, will they be noticeable as repairs. The repairs are uniform in their thickness and they match the thickness of the original fiberglass body, which is about 3/16 inch. The repairs will disappear with the first coat of paint.

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  3. I have no clue how much glass you guys are putting onto, under, and inside the car. Any weight issues? Jim

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  4. Jim,

    In total we have used one gallon of resin and maybe a couple square feet of matting. Of the gallon of resin I estimate 1/3 is lost to the mixing cup, rolling pan and especially the rollers. I estimate another 1/3 is sanded off the car once the fiberglass hardens. Only 1 and 2 quarts should be on the car. All repairs return the body panels to stock configuration and thickness so there won't be any additional weight added to the car.

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  5. Wow - all the pictures and video made me think you guys were into the 500 pound of glass range or something......ha ! Boy was I wrong.

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  6. Hi John, in the video of the front end work you are doing i can see a small chip in the front end passenger side headlight. How are you going to fix something like that? Fibreglass or can you simply use bondo?

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  7. I've already made that repair and it was done with fiberglass. Bondo is good for filing holes and leveling surfaces but it's not very good when it come to lateral strengh. I am sure the first time someone would have leaned on the bondo repair it would have snapped. Fiberglass is much stronger as long as you sandwich the repair. Grind both sides of the damaged area, grind each back at least an inch, then lay a wet piece of fiberglass matt on both sides. Just trim it up after it sets. It's easy and works great.

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