You know Amida i have to admit im not a fan of this bumper, But your your craftmanship is second to none. Had I known about your 355 front bumber before I went with the one I have on my car yours would be in its place. if i ever damage my current bumber to the point of no repair you can expect a call from me for your 355 front end. We also might do business on your center console one of these days when i have some throw around cash.
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Continuing with the mockup, I first pulled the prototype Fi355 nose to make way for the new project.
. . Half 512tr donor positioned on chassis with new valance panel to get a visual on what needs to be done. The top flange isn't flat all the way across, it has a slight up curve which creates an increased gap between the panels. Will have to straighten that out. Will also have to round a couple corners in the light pocket, and the grill opening needs to have a straighter edge on the sides.
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Here the passenger side is getting stitched back together with some butterfly splints. The use of various templates helps to keep the two sides symmetrical. It sort of reminds me of a Frankenstein movie.
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That is just awesome. I can see a hundred thousand ways I could screw up that 512 nose beyond repair. You're definitely one of the most talented, hard working, and honest Fiero (and kit car parts) vendors that I know of. I'm not sorry to help support you in the least.
Thanks for showing us the progress, it's very neat to watch. I can visualize it all in my head from start to finish (and all the stumbling blocks too), I just couldn't put it into fiberglass so well.
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A spacer was added to fill the void between the two sections. Later on the sections will be permanently bolted & blended together. Here, a rough mockup of the three sections held together with masking tape to see where I need to do a little more slicing, dicing & tweaking. Once the lines are determined I'll secure the pieces together with splints then bond with fiberglass. Afterwards measurements will be transcribed over to the passenger side.