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Old 07-14-2021, 03:54 PM   #211 (permalink)
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A new monitor came, I wanted a larger centre rear mirror view. It's far easier to see in the distance, I rarely use the wing mirrors, just when parking close to something. It was not easy glueing to galvanised but did it in the end. Took the casing and metal bracket off...

A nearby twig I found holds it level. Not sure this is the right material for you all...

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Old 07-14-2021, 04:05 PM   #212 (permalink)
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So the second bumper but same mold...success. Decided to take another few days off work despite many complaints. May be done by friday I think. It's not super strong by itself but just fine once it's on and ok to sand down. I tried to sand off the car but it was so much easier to attach it first. It would not come off now without breaking...

The filler was gorilla glue plaster of paris. I don't believe it's been near france or a big monkey but it was cheap. I also figure interior wood filler is not for cars but I quite like it for just me. I used 1 ply of toilet roll and polyester to seal it

Then more sanding, filler, sanding, paint, sanding, paint, filler and more sanding after that. It's ready for tomorrow and more sanding. The idea was weight so try to keep as close to resin as possible. 2.2kg and no steel fasteners
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Old 07-14-2021, 04:08 PM   #213 (permalink)
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In case I missed it, what was the original bumper cover weight?
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Hi it was 9.5kg. I realised I will need two molds for wheels. The ones I want are different on each side of the car
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Despite steel and plastic which they have to compromise for profit the car was very well built. I think maybe this model was to be something else and the chassis was modified to be the prius. Some things I would have done alot different. Hydrogen won't work so in a few years smaller surface area, ceramic neodymium for flux and mass they will have to address. I will keep this model
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Wow! I had no idea how serious this thread was. You are replacing panels with your own fabricated parts. You are putting golf ball dimples into a Prius hood. All to lighten the load and still have a Prius-shaped car.

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Hi Californiacivic and thanks. I use the car for work, trips to the store, London, family and can't see a reason why not to keep making it more efficient. Yes panels are a surprising weight, just changing the rear top glass with cf or even grp saves more weight than switching every fastener in the car with titanium

Thanks and have a great evening

n.b have the dimples shallow or they create downforce

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Old 07-16-2021, 03:33 AM   #219 (permalink)
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For anybodys information, ceramic neodymium not only has higher intensity field control will also be less likely to overheat. The standard stuff demagnetizes at high temp. And thermally isolate batteries in cold climates from the chassis

Just thoughts, have a great day everyone
More sanding for me....
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Some aluminium 6061 m10's, I will make aluminium plates for the composite doors, alu will hold lighter doors, maybe even the ones I have now but will wait...

I don't understand why Jaguar and others sing about alu panels, oxide always wins on paint when woven roving is so cheap

Some epoxy stayed green so it went in the oven. Wanted the grp seat also white to match the car, chose white because I took the aircon out

My friend will weld a new seatbelt anchor, I like the pretensioner to stay. The seat airbag will also be affixed

The calculator says next years new 0-60 will only be 6.1, I was hoping for under 6. Along with higher mpg...

Data is always in a safe zone so in real life it may be 5.8 or so

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