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Box4VIR Reader
7/1/22 6:17 a.m.


work is continuing on the carbon panels. I have both rear quarter panels done, a door done, the front flares and one from fender mostly done.  I think I've gotten far enough to feel confident it's all going to work.  Once the skins are done they need to be sanded down, top cost applied and some panels will require a lot of work making attachment points.   It's going to be a LONG process.

in the meantime, why not start another project!  NASCAR is ditching their small wheel setup and going to 18" wheels which means there is a ton of cheap NASCAR brakes out there that are made for working with small wheels like I have.  I'm going to redrill the rotor hats and put a spacer between the hub and the hat to make these work...I'm not sure if this is sketchy or not.   Look how massive these brakes are though!  The rotors are almost 2"s thick, twice as thick as the stock rotor.  Thanks to NASCAR switching their brake setup this is over $10k in new parts (only the brake hats are used) for less than $1k.  I still need to find a master cylinder solution. 

nocones PowerDork
7/1/22 8:48 a.m.

In reply to Box4VIR :

Looks amazing.  Make mine next!

Box4VIR Reader
7/4/22 5:32 p.m.

The tricky bits are coming out ok.  I was sure these pointy bits would be tough, but still smooth sailing.  


dave215 New Reader
7/4/22 7:44 p.m.

Looks very good .I can't believe how fast you are popping these out .

grover Dork
7/4/22 10:45 p.m.

I'd be so dang proud of myself I'd post every single sheet. Well done. 

Box4VIR Reader
7/5/22 6:55 a.m.

In reply to grover :

Haha yep, that's exactly what I'm doing.  I'd hang them on the refrigerator if I could.  Everyone of them that pops out I think, how am I doing this?  

Box4VIR Reader
8/8/22 5:13 p.m.

So as it turns out, cars have a lot of body panels...but I'm getting close.  These are all in various stages of completion, I haven't sanded any of them down for the clear coat yet (hence the waivyness).  I think I'm going to paint them with a matte clear to take the shine off (maybe help hide some blemishes too...).  I have about 40 hours into this right now, which all in all isn't bad.  Probably have another 40 before the car is back together.  


nocones PowerDork
8/8/22 5:41 p.m.

So you are just molding over the stock bodywork?  I'm assuming just heavy application of mold release?  

Are you doing 1 or 2 layers of carbon?  Roughly what does say like the Door panel cost you in materials?

This is amazing stuff and I will probably follow you molding the LMP360 for it's next evolution.

Box4VIR Reader
8/8/22 7:08 p.m.

In reply to nocones :

LMP360!  What an honor:) I did one layer of fiberglass and two layers of carbon 10oz and I'm laying them right over the factory panels.  I've been covering the panels with clear packing tape and then coating them with 3 layers of release wax. The packing tape acts as a release agent on its own and if all else fails the tape will pull off.  The carbonfiber ia discounted 2nd quality carbon from US composites. A door would cost you under a $100 all in.  I'll post up some more details, let me know if you anything specific to ask!  


birdmayne Reader
8/9/22 9:52 a.m.

Have you considered vacuum bagging your carbon lay ups? Or are you familiar with the concept? 

I had put together a vac bag once upon a time and used it to build composite longboards. I had a large group of friends that were all board builders and that's what we all used for this stuff. (FG reinforcing, full carbon and foam core racers, recycled cardboard decks, etc)

preach (dudeist priest)
preach (dudeist priest) Dork
8/9/22 11:06 a.m.

Dang, you take a month off of a thread and THIS happens...

My favorite Boxter right here.

DrMikeCSI New Reader
8/10/22 2:21 p.m.

Wow. That is some nice work. 

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