Let me give you a little update on this WideBody Kit.
As we were putting these panels onto the GT a few days ago, we found a change we coul make to the Fender Cap molds to make the fender caps a lot easier to mount when people start putting these kits together. So we are in the process of modifying those 2 molds. We will have the 1st parts out of those modified molds later today. At that point we will continue with the installation of the panels onto the test car. The new panels will be much easier to align & bolt up to the tops of the Rocker Panels & to the tops of the bumper.
I've also taken lots of pictures to be used in the instructions for installing these panels. I'll be taking many more instruction pictures when we get back to putting the car together. I expect to be putting back to putting this car together late today or early tomorrow.
If you'll go back & read the 1st post on page 1 of this thread, you'll note that I point out that the rockers, rear bumper & the fender caps would have "returns" that go into the wheel wells. What those returns do is to make the panels easy to locate in the proper place, it makes them easy to securly mount the parts & it makes it so that you can complete the installation with a factory look by attaching the inner wheel wells in the stock manner.
These panels fit alot better & are easier to install correctly than I had originally thought they would. We are very happy with the results of the good planning & our mold making.
Now let's see if I can answer a few questions......
Originally posted by exoticse:
Archie did you put a final price on the kit and the individual pieces ?
Yes I have.
The complete kit with mounting hardware as needed & instructions is $1950.00 (plus shipping).
Individual parts are...... Rocker Panels = $750.00/pair Rear Bumper = $550.00 Door Caps = $300.00/pair Fender Caps = $550.00/pair
We are taking orders for these panels right now with expected ship dates beginning late next week.
Originally posted by chrisgtp:
If you get a chance with the fender could you take a pic of it by a notchback. i ant to see how the lines look. thanks
Because we have been making a change to the Fender Cap molds, I haven't really been able to take a few pictures of the notchback with the Fender Caps in position.
HOWEVER, ~~>NEWS FLASH<~~ After seeing how nice these parts look on the GT body style we did take a quick look at how the Fender Caps look on the n-back. The GT Fender Caps go too high up on the fender to be an easy installation onto the n-back BUT they do look good. So I've already made the decission that as soon as we can get back to installing the panels on the GT, we plan to roll in one of the notchbacks that I have in my "Field of Dreams" & we're going to install a set of these same panels on it. AS we are doing that we'll develop a new Fender Cap that will install as easily on the notchie as these current fender caps fit on the GT style car.
Right now we don't have any customer V-8 swaps in the shop, so we have plenty of time to be working on a lot of the development projects that have been waiting for us to have time. We may even have time to work on my own chop top.
Pictures of the notchie widebody project will be coming soon.
No...please continue. I'm saving my pennies for this body build. This is EXACTLY what I've been looking for. Now, if I can just convince Fie-Ro to build a copy of his front nose piece I'd be tickled silly!!
Keep us informed as you go Archie...this wide body is absolutely fantastic! How difficult will it be to do the install myself? Do you also install the kit?
maybe a rear bumper someday. maybe two. the cost is up there but i guess it's still competitive when i consider how much i paid for my pisa front bumper.
if you do the notchback try-on, could you take at least one pic of the car with just the bumper changed along the way to changing it all? i mean like if you're going to try it on a notch, change the bumper first and get a pic before you change the rest. i'm just wondering how it would look if the rest of the panels are stock or stock with regular rocker/scoops.
As I stated before, I'm shooting a bunch of pics of the install of these panels so that I can make them into detailed instructions for those that want to install these panels at home.
The following pictures & details are just some of those pictures.
Here is the Fiero GT where we just had the rear bumper fitted inrto place. It'll be using all the stock fasteners when it's installed..
The Fender caps fit over the fwd. end of the fender, so you'll want to trim the Fwd. edge of the rear fender off just a littel to make the door gap about 5/8".
After fitting the bumper & with the 1/4 panels & the original Fiero rockerpanels removed, you'll need to trim a spot off the front fender near the wheel well opining. The rocker panel front section wraps around into this slot to help locate the rocker .
The rocker panel attaches into place with a few self tapping screws.
See how the front end of the rocker fits in the slot & under the wheel well liner.
The "Return" into the wheel well on the fender cap goes right in tight to the top of the original wheel well in the Fiero. As stated in my original post to this thread, that return locates the Fender Cap in the correct location both fore & aft & up & down.
Here the guys are putting in a self tapping screw once the Fender Cap has been located. Just exactly as it was planned.
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As I stated earlier, the Fender Cap will bolt directly to the Top of the 1/4 panel & to the top of the rear bumper. The holes needed to bolt to the rear bumper can be drilled on the car but the holes needed to bolt to the rocker panel have to be drilled off the car.
So once we have everything aligned where we want it we put alignment marks on the 2 panels.
Then we take the rockers & the FenderCap off of the car, align the marks & drill a pair of holes.