Once the rebuilt spoiler was tacked on, it was time to remove the black tape and cut it up.
Then glass in the center sections.
Then the spoiler was reattached to the fender by filling in the 2" gap and glassing in the front and back. I also added some glass to the lip, repairing a number of cracks and filling the old screw holes. One of the centers was lower than the other, so I took the opportunity to fix that too.
I wanted to see what the splitter was going to look like, so I mocked it up with some plywood. I still don't know how I'm going to make it, so it's on the do-it-later project list.
Now, as always, my project here seems to evolve, and sometimes what goes around, comes around. So, if you'll recall, on page two or three, I was once making integrated headlights for my then Fiero fascia build.
Well, I made molds that have been sitting on the shelf.
Tired of thinking how to make the pop-ups work, and fitting them properly, I thought I'd pull a part from the mold and see how it looks. (Boz...)
The mold wasn't 100% complete, so it took a little effort getting the part off, but it came out ok. One layer of glas kept it flexible enough to pop off. Below are pics of the mold sitting on the car.
I think it looks pretty good with the lines lining up pretty good with the facia. Almost as if I made it for this car.
I was still on the fence about the amount of work doing this versus the pop-ups. And believe it or not, I'm tenative to cut up the front.
Damned the torpedoes, full speed ahead.
Lots of measuring, cutting, trimming, trimming more, trimming too much, tape, glass, and a day, one integrated headlight bucket.
Obviously there's still a lot of work to do: - Make the driver's side bucket - Install it - Fab the light brackets - fill the holes in the hood - etc.
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Over two weeks since last update. Not much has really happened. Seems something in the garage, and particularly working on the car, doesn't agree with me. I came down with a pretty serious infection in my elbow, the second infection in the last three months, the other being on the opposite forearm. The only thing common is working on the fiberglass, but this time I had rubber sleeves on. So, I really don't know what caused it.
Anyway, I'm still on break until it fully heals up.
Here are the pics from the last time I worked on it.
Pulled the hood off. The darned thing is heavier than the rest of the front, combined.
Then I built up the sides to fill in the area previously cut out and give it a finished edge when open. It also greatly strengthened the top portion that was added.
When that was all setting up, I added a "decorative" lip at the top of the hood. This was a part I cut out of the original 308 hood, and it will be molded in to the arches on the sides of the hood.
I also made the fill piece for the corner of the hood. I don't have a good pic, but it's at theright corner of this one.
That's it for now. Tune in later for the next great adventure in car mods.
Edit... Found one more. I molded in the area between the lights and the hood.
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Hard to believe it's been three months already since my last update.
Nothing really to say. My arm healed well, but I was burnt from all the time spent, plus gun shy from the infection. Then October and Halloween prep came and went. Then November came with work, travel, and Thanksgiving. More work came with December, along with yard work and a ton of leaves. Now the snow is falling hard. And here we are.
Fiberglassing is out in the cold, so hopefully the winter will bring an end to the seat fabrication, and any other fab.
Happy Holidays and a safe and merry christmas everyone.
Hi Bob Good to see you back at it! I’m hoping to get back to work on mine soon, I’m going to install a T-Top from a 87 factory installed car I picked up. I’m planning on heading back to work a couple days a week to generate some cash to top up the car fund. Keep on posting I love seeing the progress. Wayne
Good to be back at it. Lots of stuff to do this year so let's get at it.
Still too cold to sling resin around, so, I'm doing more "mechanical" items.
First on the list are hood pins. Kind of fell for the Aerocatch pins and ended up with a pair from an Amazon birthday list.
Here's how I flush mounted them.
Traced out the location:
Cut the hole, then made a piece to fit under the hood skin. Note, I do not have access to the bottom side, due to the Fiero liner being underneath. The piece is then glued, using SMC adhesive.
Then, a hole is cut for the latch.
Then, mark the location of the screw holes, and drill them out.
There is a bottom plate that holds the locknuts. There's a bit of a trick to hold that and the nuts in place (superglue and tape), Then screw it together.
The biggest issue I had was that the right and left sides of the trunk area are not symmetrical, so the left post is very close to the trunk seal. Doesn't look like I have a picture, though. Here is the finished product.
Coming next (maybe) I'm back on head light detail (blech...did I mention I hate headlights?).
A little more work. This one I've been thinking about for a while. and honestly, when i started, I thought for sure I mucked it up. But, after sleeping on it, it came out ok.
Here's some pics for the newest mod... Hood vent...
Biggest problem with Fiero vent mods is the way the inner panel kicks forward to clear the spare. Makes the vents short, unless one notches the panel. My idea was to cut the kickout out, then reverse it so that it kicks in.
After much trepidation, cut away.
Once it was cut, I realized it wasn't going to be that easy to put back in. It didn't line up right. After sleeping on it and looking at it again, I made a new panel, straight across, and bent the whole thing back about an inch. I even formed the lip for the seal.
I've been plugging away at the vent. It's coming out pretty good if I don't say so myself.
Still need to add some layers of glass, but I'm just about out of resin and just haven't picked up any yet.
As I showed previously, I started using CAD (cardboard aided design). Here, the sides are mocked in.
And here Im starting to cut out the patterns from the single layer of FG.
The sides are then glued in using SMC adhesive. The angle gage ensures the panel stays at the right angle to clear the fan.
I used the side templates to make some forms to help maintain the shape of the waterfall. All screwed together here it's ready to be glassed in.
Once the side joint received two layers of glass, the top was glued into place. I made a piece that would support it from the bottom and glued it together. The angle pieces ensure the vent stays flat to the hood.
The next step is cover the center section. Couple pieces of left over glass due the bill. Here they're being glued together.