The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by willys36, Jan 20, 2022.
Great project. That's how i made the fan shroud for my Mysterion reproduction too.
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.
I made a crack in a friend's fiberglass boat once...
Fixed my lift off glass hood when I forgot to put the pins in, so call it 1/3 of a hood
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.
Bumpers for my '65 Falcon sprint and a bug catcher for my T roadster
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.
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.
I hand laid this T body, using a friend's mold back in '75, what a sticky process !
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Still got those bumpers?
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.
78 Trans am used them. I have bought many
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
They were also used in late 80's-90's full sized Fords. Look just like the one in the photo.
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
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
Glove box using a cardboard shoe box and wax paper as a release agent,
shifter tower/emergency brake lever housing, just odds and ends.
Lots of Talent here......
On the domelight, the GM version grounds out at the switches, and the Ford ones ground at the light.
Panel for 59 Devin SS tribute. Plywood, formica and cardboard temporary tool.
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.
Whatever became of Buddy?
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!
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!
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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