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Old 12-30-2012, 08:11 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Awesome looking so far , I hope to copy this.

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Old 12-30-2012, 09:18 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Thanks!

The resin really didn't set up like I expected, just way too cold in the garage. Luckily my brother has a heated shop, and he will be there working tomorrow so I'm going to swing by and borrow a nice warm corner and get to putting some fiberglass down.
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:11 PM   #53 (permalink)
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I finished up the fiberglass today, and am leaving it at my brother's shop overnight to cure. I will bring it home tomorrow and start sanding and bodywork.

Hopefully it will be strong enough and not need too much work to get smooth.
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:45 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Now that it's cured I got a good look at how it's set. For the most part it's not too bad, a little rougher than I would like. However I do one issue. The top left corner of it is lower than I would like. The fabric and the glass sunk in between the front and back, so the middle dips down. It isn't the end of the world, and I could still use it as is but I want it better. I don't want to just fill the dip with fiberglass, since I would have to go pretty thick with it, so what I think I will do is cut that part out and re-do that curve all together.

I'm in no rush to get the piece done, so I want to be able to make it a little nicer before I try any other bodywork on it.
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:19 PM   #55 (permalink)
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I'm looking forward to seeing the result.

Do you think placing it upside down while it cured would have helped, and is there coroplast under the sag?
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Yeah I think that having it upside down would have helped a lot, the sag is right in the corner where I don't have any coroplast. In hindsight, I wish I had added more cross bars in the metal frame. I made the frame strong enough to keep the shape, and mount the piece, a few more pieces wouldn't have added much more rigidity, although it would have kept it from sagging.

I've got to decided how to re-do the curve, more support to better guide the shape, and probably doing it upside down will be the way to go I think.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:48 AM   #57 (permalink)
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Little update, I have been swamped with school and haven't had a lot of time to work on it. It's been really cold as well (-10*), so that has deterred me from working on it. Our garage in not heated, or even insulated, so it's no fun trying to sand when you can't feel your fingers. Anyways, I remade the corner that had sagged, and have started the bodywork to smooth it out. I still need to do a bunch more filling and sanding though.
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:02 PM   #58 (permalink)
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Update time: I've made it to #8 on the top 10 Fuel Economy List.
EDIT: I just double checked, and I'm actually currently sitting at #7.

I have also finished up my kammback (for now). I have it installed on the car. I still want to do more finish work on it, it is rougher, and more uneven that I would like. I can't use filler right now, just too cold, the products really aren't working well at all. I will get back to it when the weather warms up a little bit, but for now, it's not doing any good sitting in the garage.



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Also, an unfortunate update, my main driving (other than school) was to see my girlfriend who lived an hour away, which is why I originally joined here. Well, I won't be making that drive anymore , although I guess that I will be saving a lot of money on fuel. My fuel log MPG's will drop since I will mainly be doing city driving now but total fuel use will decrease as well.
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:11 PM   #60 (permalink)
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Congrats on #8 ... and sticking the Kammback on the car! Mods always look excellent in photos.

As you know, I rolled the Firefly out of the garage this week to start working on the permanent grille blocks for the Insight, and I'm really liking working with foam board. I was looking at the sorry shape of the Flea's Kammback, and I think if I ever had to rebuild it (and one day I may have to), I would go with a foam core approach using foam board to build the core.

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