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Technical What fiberglass car parts have you made?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by willys36, Jan 20, 2022.

  1. Great project. That's how i made the fan shroud for my Mysterion reproduction too.
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  2. Harv
    Joined: Jan 16, 2008
    Posts: 416

    from Sydney

    My question is perhaps a little O/T for a fibreglassing thread, but what vehicle was that dome light taken out of please?

    Got me curious as I have one in my avatar. They were used in the Aussie extended wheelbase GM Holden luxo-barges in the late 70's.

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  3. error404
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
    Posts: 348

    from CA

    I made a crack in a friend's fiberglass boat once... :D
  4. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 4,913


    Fixed my lift off glass hood when I forgot to put the pins in, so call it 1/3 of a hood:D
    Converted 3 lift off hoods to bolt on with square pvc
    Made more fiberglass rocker panels, partial door skins/ quarter panels than I should admit to. Cheap cars and no welder or welding skills way back then.

    Haven't made a mold yet, read a lot of info on it, want to learn more

    Really considering making a foam, fiberglass dash pad. Maybe shooting with bedliner for texture and painting satin, or wrapping with upholstery. Old car with dash mods = no available dash pads.
    Joined: Jun 6, 2007
    Posts: 4,265


    Bumpers for my '65 Falcon sprint and a bug catcher for my T roadster

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  6. I made a Greer/Black/Prudhome -style dragster scoop that fits over a K&N air filter.

    First a metal, plywood & 'glass buck. Then top & bottom female 'glass molds. Finally, the scoop itself.
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  7. Rand Man
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 4,296

    Rand Man

    Some good stuff posted here. I’ve made various dragster and motorcycle parts and had fun. The most ambitious project was: I took a quarter midget glass body, and scaled it up for a larger, adult size go kart. Interesting technique, could be used for about anything.
  8. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 6,840

    Marty Strode

    I hand laid this T body, using a friend's mold back in '75, what a sticky process ! 2012-08-22 111154.jpg 2012-08-22 110155.jpg
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  9. A junk yard part, I use them in all my cars. Never paid attention to what year they come out of but I do know they were used in all upscale GM cars 80s - 90s? I looked on ebaY says '69-'88.
  10. Harv
    Joined: Jan 16, 2008
    Posts: 416

    from Sydney

    Thankyou :)

  11. GearheadsQCE
    Joined: Mar 23, 2011
    Posts: 3,025

    Alliance Vendor

    Not the best pics, but I made the hood, scoop, deck lid and convertible top cover. these were just skins with minimal reinforcing. Hood with scoop weighed about 6 lbs. Pulled molds from the original parts. The snorkel was made from a plywood plug. Tapered front to back and radiused inlet.
    The molds, original body panels and the lightweight stuff all went with the car when I sold it.


  12. IMG_3051.JPG I had made a few things at work (enclosures, housings, etc), using 'glass, so I decided to have a go at making my own grille panel. I borrowed a mould and gave it a shot.
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  13. guthriesmith
    Joined: Aug 17, 2006
    Posts: 6,699

    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Just remembered I still have a mold to fix the rear fender lips on a mid year vette. My dad had a 65 with flares years ago that he put back stock. That mold has probably been hauled around now for almost 50 years. Maybe I can afford one of those some day that I can use the mold again. :rolleyes:
  14. MCjim
    Joined: Jun 4, 2006
    Posts: 476

    from soCal

    My attempt at fiberglass...bunch of swap meet pieces from three cars I managed to transform into a hood that cleared my intake...I know, not that impressive. img_1174.jpg
  15. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 7,535


    It's refreshing to see that there are still many skilled craftsmen who still
    have the patience and talent to make fiberglass parts from scratch. It's a lot of work.
    Well done.
  16. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 2,035

    from kansas

    I've looked at the roof of my 31 tudor and wondered about building a one piece fiberglass headliner for it. Then I think IF I could pull it off how the hell am I going to get it into the car once it's finished?? It's not going to fit thru the door BUT I did wonder if I could work it thru the windshield opening.
  17. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 8,851

    Bandit Billy

    78 Trans am used them. I have bought many :cool:
  18. Harv
    Joined: Jan 16, 2008
    Posts: 416

    from Sydney

    Oh man, don't say that. My daughter BADLY wants a Screaming Chicken. I keep telling her I can't afford one. If she gets wind that the dome light in the wagon came out of one, she'll lay claim to the avatar :D:eek:

  19. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 40,127


    They were also used in late 80's-90's full sized Fords. Look just like the one in the photo.
  20. WZ JUNK
    Joined: Apr 20, 2001
    Posts: 1,768

    from Neosho, MO

    I have made a lot of one off pieces. Lots of aero stuff for a couple of Bonneville cars. Some special stuff for drag cars.

    Here is a poor shot of the interior of my wife's 1954 Chevy 0B239CCE-0785-40A6-A326-7F6221B98182_1_105_c-resized.jpeg .
    I made the gauge cluster surround, the fiberglass piece that replaces the speaker grille in the dash center, and the glove box door. You can not see it but under the dash is a fiberglass panel that cover the gm steering column and hides all the switches and brackets.

    I usually make the pieces out of foam, then lay up the glass on top of the foam, and finally I bust the foam out of that back. This works for one off pieces or plugs to make molds.

    Here is a link to a site and some photos of how I built the air scoop for the 974 Studebaker. A rather crude way to make something but it worked. hooley-construction-2005-1.html
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  21. Glove box using a cardboard shoe box and wax paper as a release agent,
    shifter tower/emergency brake lever housing, just odds and ends.
  22. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 13,936

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    Lots of Talent here......
  23. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 3,604


    On the domelight, the GM version grounds out at the switches, and the Ford ones ground at the light.
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  24. bill_396
    Joined: Mar 3, 2018
    Posts: 2


    Panel for 59 Devin SS tribute. Plywood, formica and cardboard temporary tool. layup1.jpg layup2.jpg layup4.jpg
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  25. WZ JUNK
    Joined: Apr 20, 2001
    Posts: 1,768

    from Neosho, MO

    I built the complete front end except for the hood and hood sides of the Flat Cad Bonneville car. Bonneville cars take on an odd appearance because of the rules that regulate what can be done to modify the bodies for aerodynamic improvements. 165E59F7-0447-4C01-9894-D8A9A2D69E55_1_201_a-resized.jpeg
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  26. Whatever became of Buddy?
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  27. I am in awe of your guys work! My very limited fiberglass experience was related to fixing a hole from a shotgun in the passenger floor of my DeSoto... not great work, but functional enough for a 16 year old with out proper tools. Plus kept the rain off my girl friend, so a double win!
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  28. dan c
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,362

    dan c

    decades ago--had the front fenders on my shoebox dipped and i patched the rust holes successfully. back then, i was broke, and nobody made steel patch panels!
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  29. fourspd2quad
    Joined: Jul 6, 2006
    Posts: 843


    The talent here is both very impressive and creative. I built a glass body roadster and seethe when somebody asks if it's a kit car. I just might have gone postal had I built the molds for the body. Love this stuff!
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