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Report this Post11-08-2009 08:09 AM Click Here to See the Profile for RCRClick Here to Email RCRSend a Private Message to RCREdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Not much... Weekends have been busy and it gets dark too early now. Doesn't lend much to motivation. But, I do have pics...

Different thoughts on lenses:
Full cover:

Partial cover:



Been working mainly on the passenger side, trying to get both pods to match.



Also been looking at a finishing touch using Jiff peanut butter tops...Hmm?? More on that later.

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Report this Post11-08-2009 09:27 AM Click Here to See the Profile for MonkeymanSend a Private Message to MonkeymanEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Assuming neither cover affects light output/quality, I'd go for the partial covers. Much more unique, imo.

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That looks like a skyline front end a little.

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I didn't see anywhere I posted in this thread yet so,

I love the snubby design. I've looked at the front like on PK86s car but it is just to long for my taste. I also think the partial headlight lense looks tons better then the full cover. But, that's based off of cardboard. The finished look with lights installed and paint through clear covers may be different.

+ to you for a very neat thread!

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Originally posted by infinitewill:

Bob, I've said it before and I'll say it again, you underestimate your skills! This is a fresh look at the Fiero nose and I think it ROCKS Are you going to make the lens covers clear or flip-up functional? If clear, I like the full cover, if flip up, I like the partial cover.

Just my $.02


Thank you thank you thank you...

They will eventually be molded clear lexan.

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It's looking great Bob! You have to be done in time for the 30th anniversary show

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It's looking great Bob! You have to be done in time for the 30th anniversary show

Nolan


Yeah, like I was for the 20th and 25th...

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Report this Post11-28-2009 10:38 AM Click Here to See the Profile for RCRClick Here to Email RCRSend a Private Message to RCREdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Will: sure need something

OK, a problem I was trying to overcome was the hood hitting the edge of the headlite pod as the hood is opened. The hood is not hinged right at the front lip (as everyone should know), which causes a small "overlap" that wouold rub on the pod. I though my only choice would be to make the pod edge very narrow, or leave a large gap. I was re-reading about Troyboy's car when I noticed Archie made a section that didn't move with the hood.

I immediately saw this as my solution.



And one from the other side:


I picked up some hood struts and hardware from the salvage yard yesterday. I may try to put that together today.

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Except for the some finish welding, I installed the front hood struts today. They are currently bolted to the chassis, I'll weld them later. The struts are from the hood of a 3'rd gen Camaro/Firebird. I used one on each side.

My first attempt mounted the strut about 5" from the pivot. What I found was that the strut was too strong and I couldn't properly close the hood (only one strut at the time). So I reduced the lever arm and placed it at about 3" from the pivot. This is right on top of the mounting bolt, so I made up a double treaded bolt.

Sorry, these pics are a bit blurry...


welded and mounted:


Here's the bottom bracket, made from some scrap angle iron.


And some finished pics




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Nice. A much cleaner look without that factory prop.

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RCR,

Beautiful work. Keep going. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product!

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Maybe I missed it reading the thread ... what lights will you be using ?

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There may be a problem with the way in which you mounted the strut for your hood.

Right now when your hood is closed it is going to be experiencing a bending load which could make it visibly deflect upwards in the middle. If you were to mount it more horizontally the load being applied to the hood will be less of a bending load and less likely to be visibly noticable deflection.

There was someone several years ago who designed some hood struts and started with the same configuration you have but changed the strut to be more horizontal after they noticed the hood deflection.

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No updates since November?

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Updates?!
I miss seeing this thread.

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for covers i'd consider...-thinks-....lots of cars in the 80s had these...big metal plates on the rear window...anyway i'd use some metal like that

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for covers i'd consider...-thinks-....lots of cars in the 80s had these...big metal plates on the rear window...anyway i'd use some metal like that



louvres for headlight covers? Hmm??

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OK, weather is better and I had a couple days off. One of the issues I've been working around is how to shape the inside edges of the headlight pods. Too hard to get a tool in there and way too much sanding in a tight area, as seen here...



The only way to think of was to cut the backs out and work on the pod and back as seperate pieces. I'll glue it all back together before making the mold.

Here the back is cut and sitting back a couple inches for the pic.


Here's the other side with most of the filling/sanding complete.


I also fixed some winter/storeage damage. Now it'll be back to work on the main fascia. More later...

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louvres for headlight covers? Hmm??

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Another update...But, I got tired of shaping headlights and I got tired of looking at taped body lines so I did a little work on the hood.

I made a small guide to help shape the body line using cardboard and tape. I glued it to the hood to use as an edge for the filler. Here it is mudded flat.



Then a guide coat and some sanding.





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I am assuming because the way the hood opens you could not do this

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Nice work glad to see your back at it. saved to favorites

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Nothing exciting going on...Just filling and sanding.

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That's exciting because it lets us know that you're back at it again!

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I am really impressed! I like the direction you are going with your headlights. Are you trying to resemble a Koenig Ferrari 355 ??? Very Nice though!!!!!!!!!!!! Do not quit!

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Back tracking. Just caught this thread. Help a dumb fella out? What kind of foam strips are you using?

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Looks like house insulation ( RIGID ) .

Looks awesome. You are an inspiration sir.

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Alright...update. And I'm a little geeked about it. I finished the passenger side pod and created the mold (or at least the start of the mold).

Just before I started this project, I moved my battery under the headlight area. Well Murphy's Law kicked in just after I got the motor running and the battery died. So, it was either cut out all of the work or finish it with a mold. Sooo...

I purchased some polyester primer and shot several thick coats. I love this stuff. It should make this so much easier.


Then some spot cleanup. I used modeling clay to make the corners and fill some edges. I also waxed it and sprayed on several coats of PVA.


Then came the nervous part. I really thought I screwed it up when I layed the fiberglass, but I built it up anyway and popped it off this morning.


Not perfect, but much better than I thought it would be. I'll have to clean it up and build some flanges, but it's better than my first attempt.


Boy, that seems ages ago...

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Hmm....I don't like most of the flush or swapped headlight setups, but I find I like your custom ones. Very nice! I looking forward to seeing the finished product!

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Horray! You're back at it!

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Dan: FWIW, I finally found those pesky mirrors...

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Man keep up the good work love the look of it so far!!

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This. Is. BRILLIANT !
My idea for flush-mount headlights have always been third and early fourth gen. Camaro-based. This mod doesn't carry the angles of that particular concept, but takes me right to it. When I'm confident enough to tackle my flush-mounts, I will surely refer to this for inspiration.

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Dan: FWIW, I finally found those pesky mirrors...


LOL, I knew you'd find them eventually.

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sweet!!!!!!!!!! nice job

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