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Posted September 03, 2012 - 03:32 PM

I cut some pieces of fiberglass that was made with foam inside and gelcoated on both sides it is 1/2 inch thick. Was going to be thrown away at work so i figured i would experiment with it and so far this is what i have come up with.there is nothing wrong with the pieces they were just too thick for a new customer,there are 8 more pieces at work for me too play with.I brought home two pieces.Looks like a soap box derby car too me,but it is a start and all is free 006.JPG 003.JPG 004.JPG 002.JPG 007.JPG
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Posted September 03, 2012 - 03:44 PM

Kind of like the look a of a 'pick-up" bed if it could be made a little bigger with a dump bed would be even better , least for me anyway lol. Can you fiberglass the panels together to smoothen the corners and edges ? Keep us posted of your progress , Al
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Posted September 03, 2012 - 03:47 PM

Looks like it could be a bit challenging to fit the puzzle pieces together. Is there a model you are trying to copy or are you just making it to see what it ends up resembling? At this point it sort of reminds me of an old sports car look.
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Posted September 03, 2012 - 03:59 PM

Kind of like the look a of a 'pick-up" bed if it could be made a little bigger with a dump bed would be even better , least for me anyway lol. Can you fiberglass the panels together to smoothen the corners and edges ? Keep us posted of your progress , Al

yes it will eventually be two pieces>I will glass it all together and bondo the seams.I would like to make the bed taller but i would have to change the seat because when you set in it with the spring you do not have much clearance.It is just cut some pieces and see what i get

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Posted September 03, 2012 - 04:00 PM

I like it, it would look really nice in AC orange (hehehe)!

Edited by bigcountry48, September 03, 2012 - 04:00 PM.

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Posted September 03, 2012 - 04:38 PM

I think it will work. To make it not so boxy, perhaps don't do the big sides all as one piece, but cut them horizontally and bump them out in the middle. Kind of like a pickup truck.

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Posted September 03, 2012 - 04:48 PM

It must be the color, and please don't think I am bagging on your efforts. (I actually like the look) but something about it says "Frigidaire" to me.

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Posted September 03, 2012 - 04:58 PM

I need to do some more to it for sure.Just got the pieces cut and up on the frame will do some more cutting and looking over.I am not happy with the fridge look either.I will get the back fenders on and the front ones and do some modifification to the front
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Posted September 03, 2012 - 06:07 PM

This is an interesting part in the game. Looks like it might need some light framing structure for the panels to attach to, IMO.
When I had my Blazer done over, I took pictures and tried my concepts in paintshop or whatever computer thingie to get shape and color models. (Like our featured machine of the month). I do like the notion of the pickup look. I figure any rounded areas could maybe be formed over a wire skeleton or wooden shaped form? And consider easy ways to access inerds for service. (just throwin' in my .02) Lookin forward to the developments :thumbs:

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Posted September 03, 2012 - 07:45 PM

kinda looks like a truck to me , Sounds like you got plenty of peices to play around with..Nice winter project

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Posted September 04, 2012 - 06:08 AM

With a little thought, you could make it look like a jeep.

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Posted September 04, 2012 - 04:43 PM

Don't forget some air openings.

P.S. some "roundness" would take that box look away, have fun playing.

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Posted September 04, 2012 - 05:40 PM

To be honest, I think that tractor is cool no matter how boxy it is. Think it'll make you a great worker & cool conversation piece.

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Posted September 04, 2012 - 08:46 PM

Got to love fiberglass and imagination, ever heard of George Barris? I personally can’t wait to see the final outcome. Good luck.

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Posted September 05, 2012 - 12:46 PM

One trick to making curves in foam board, is to score the face of the material (cut through the outer layer of fiber glass and foam core, leaving the back layer intact) and it will take on what ever radius you want to make. The tighter radius, the closer the scored cuts need to be. At that point, you can glass mat the outer surface and tie it all together.

Looks like a fun project and I too, am looking forward to the progress.




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