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Old 07-05-2012, 09:36 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Looks pretty dang good for <$50. Those tail lights could be covered in thin acrylic (with holes for ventilation) to keep flow. Also, some sort of painters tape along the seams.

Hope he hasn't lost the spirit!

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Old 07-06-2012, 06:41 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I think he said it cost about $80 to build.
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Wow great work I too would like to see a build thread, because I too own a Prius Gen II.
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Old 07-06-2012, 03:33 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I stopped by the hardware store today and looked for the name of the material used for my neighbors tail. its called FRP (black pebbled) its .090 inches thick and comes in a 4x8' sheet for $24.97
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Sounds like a good belly pan material.
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It might be, just remember that's it's plastic and this. Corplast would be far better due to the added stiffness .
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I notice he even has the box cavity at the rear of the tail.

Those edges have me worried though, since they are not radiused, but I'm sure that's in the making !
Do you mean that the sides don't curve inwards at the very end of the tail, or the tail isn't rounded like a tapered cone instead of it being square?

I have a gen1 cvt Insight and this is the first diy build that seems very doable for my limited skill. Now i just need to find a good anchor point on the bottom of my car. It looks alot easier to accomplish on a Prius though. They have very square rears, while an insight has a wierd compound curve at the top and brake lights that seem to get in the way of partial modding.

Any suggestions on good easy to find clear plastic to cover the brake lights?
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try plexy glass or lexan at you local box store.
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the tail isn't rounded like a tapered cone instead of it being square?

Any suggestions on good easy to find clear plastic to cover the brake lights?
lexan, acrylic. I found one of those clear plastic basement window covers for $7 (half that of acrylic) and culled enough flat, straight plastic to cover my turn signal/fog light openings. I think it was polyethylene (HDPE/LDPE).
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You mean he basically glued it to the bottom of the car?!?

The paintjob on your Ford probe, and the boat tail on the Weather spotters Matrix are made of shear awesomesauce!

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