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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-20-2008, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Grrr. It all started in good fun,make a new fiberglass seat pan,step by step,so Jeff would have an idea of what I was saying to him.Now,thanks to Al Gore`s global warming, I`ve had a week straight of rain,which pushed me off the deep end.You two clowns are gonna be the death of me.

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Yea that dang jeff keeps making us all do mods hes like a drug dealer for mods you know?

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Yea that dang jeff keeps making us all do mods hes like a drug dealer for mods you know?
LOL, that is great! But yeah he needs to stop... I was even looking at resin after seeing him tackle it so nicely. Better yet... I will just let the wif know about this Sweat guy bullying me into buy more stuff for my Bonnie.
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That is really starting to take shape. You and sweat are really going to get me into trouble here. She who must be obeyed will not take kindly to me getting into fiberglassing at home

So, what's the plan? Whenever I've done something like this before (many years ago) I've usually got to this stage and realized that it's a lot of work for a one-off. This is how I'd proceed... trim until it's a perfect fit, fill and rub until it's as smooth as a baby's backside, treat the puppy with a release agent and then make a mold from it (the contours look like it will make a simple one-piece mold). Make sure to cover the treated master with a nice gel coat before applying the glass sheets and you'll end up with a nice, smooth-finished re-usable mold. When set, you can either finish off and paint the original, or use the new mold to re-create the seat. That way, you should be able to lay in a nice pre-coloured gel as the first layer to give yourself a good finish. Rinse, repeat and sell

I did it like that for a seat pan... not as large a job as yours, but the principle is sound. As long as the contours are OK, almost anything can be replicated in fiberglass.

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Wow Steve, that piece is coming along nicely. I haven't worked on mine since this picture:



I was busy fitting my new master cylinder, but I'm going to tackle the seat in the next few days...now that I have lots of spare time...

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I'm telling you this guys, he is protected from up on high by the Prince of Darkness! I believe in God, and the only thing that scares me more than him is Keyser Soze!

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Hmmmm?

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looks sweet, but how are you planning on upholstering it?

I made a new cowl this eve, pictures soon.

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ok, after looking at it again, you could gel-coat the entire thing and paint it black, and make a separate pan to upholster. that would look sweet.

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btw, how do you gel-coat? Can I bondo over fiberglass?

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