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Old 07-14-2008, 06:56 PM   #121 (permalink)
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Old 07-14-2008, 07:06 PM   #122 (permalink)
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As mentioned, I mounted 5 mounting brackets above the rear glass yesterday.

Also, the glassing is done. I should have it mounted tonight, and then I can move on to the finishing work.

Ideally, if I just had another hatch from a junked car, I could have just modded it and built the Kammback directly onto it. But I don't, and am sure a junkyard one wouldn't be cheap. Also, I'd then have to store my "good" hatch indefinitely as well.
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Old 07-15-2008, 03:05 AM   #123 (permalink)
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Yes, the car is a bit of a time capsule with ridiculously low mileage. But it is just a car, and I'm not planning to sell it, or put it in car shows. So I got over it, plugged in the drill, and pulled the trigger.
That's totally understandable.

I'm probably a bit attached to my cars. They all have first names, and I tend to personify them. It would be like drilling into a member of my family!

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Ideally, if I just had another hatch from a junked car, I could have just modded it and built the Kammback directly onto it. But I don't, and am sure a junkyard one wouldn't be cheap. Also, I'd then have to store my "good" hatch indefinitely as well.
I would send you one if the postage weren't so expensive. With 4 Metros, there is already a junkyard forming.
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Old 07-16-2008, 03:35 PM   #124 (permalink)
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Kammback is now attached via screws (temporary - will use stainless bolts when complete) & brackets and I've started on the finishing work.

Sanding, sanding, sanding. Taking the high spots off the resin. First skim coat of body filler going on this afternoon.
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:15 PM   #125 (permalink)
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As mentioned, I mounted 5 mounting brackets above the rear glass yesterday.

Also, the glassing is done. I should have it mounted tonight, and then I can move on to the finishing work.

Ideally, if I just had another hatch from a junked car, I could have just modded it and built the Kammback directly onto it. But I don't, and am sure a junkyard one wouldn't be cheap. Also, I'd then have to store my "good" hatch indefinitely as well.
I traded a running Chevrolet pickup for CRX parts,including a perfect hatch for modding.Well,I found out cats are kinda like goats.They climbed all over it,knocked it over and shattered the glass.Helpful! Maybe your just as far along as you'd be with the with the spare.P.S.,cats are still alive.
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:02 PM   #126 (permalink)
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Phil: every time I settle in to work on the project I think of the goats and your aeroshell. No goats around here that I know of!

Things are moving along. I got the skim coat of body filler on (entire 1 lb can's worth - there's a lot of surface area), and started the sanding process. I think it's going to turn out nicely. Will post some pics tomorrow.

While working, I've been imagining different methods for making a detachable boat-tail...

A lightweight skeleton with fabric skin seems like a good option. Rigid detachable panels would be more complex - harder to make.
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Old 07-17-2008, 11:21 PM   #127 (permalink)
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Making a mess wet sanding the body filler skim coat:





Other than continuing to sand/fill surface imperfections, the last remaining hurdle is trimming the forward edge of each side and figuring out how I'm going to attach it to the hatch. I was thinking super sticky double-sided 3M trim adhesive tape (Daox's suggestion), but then I thought if I ever want to remove this without wrecking it, stainless screws might be best.

I'm going to be away this weekend (Hybridfest), so no more work until next week. But the Kammback will have its first road test in unfinished form on my way to the Ottawa airport tomorrow.
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YYEESSS!!!!! it's gonna look awesome!
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I think while you have it in this stage you should make some of those vortex generators to line the back. The small 'fins' that help break up the air. Similar to this.... http://www.autogysi.ch/images/vortex...tor-evo8II.jpg May be worth a shot!
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Random comments today from neighbours, passers by and the mail man:

"Making a batmobile?"

"Hey, looks like a CRX."

"Expanding your trunk space?"

"How will you be able to see what's behind you?"
Yeah i get the same drill, the batmobile is the most common for my car..lol.

LOOKING GREAT!!!

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