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  1. #141
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    Still waiting for some parts before I can get the front suspension back in the car, so thought I'd make a start on the rear end. The rear valance curved upwards not downwards as it should, and this has been bothering me now for some time, so I figured lets get the valance done instead.
    Ages ago I laid some fibreglass over the rear valance of my Sebring to get the basic curve needed. As this was a one off, it didn't really make sense to make a mould as I'd need to fill the join anyway. The valance was screwed into place and measured to make sure everything was where it should be







    The rear valance was then cut away. Two layers of fibreglass was then applied to the car and the valance screwed into place. The two layers of fibreglass will bond the valance to the car









    Once cured over night, the screws were removed and another two layers of fibreglass was laid over the top, thereby filling the holes and sandwiching the valance to the car, making it very strong









    Once cured it was time to fill and shape it all. The area to the right of the boot never followed the boot profile, so I repaired that at the same time


    All ready for primer now.







    I've also had a pair of Spiyda L542 LED tail lights for ages, so I offered up one of the lenses to see how it would look.









    To be honest, I can't say I'm a big fan of the look. I know it's original, but a good friend of mine, when I was doing something to the car because it would make it look a bit more original said " Nigel, tell me, which part of your car is original" which I couldn't answer as my car is miles away from looking original. Having thought about this for some time, I've decided to keep the round L488 lights as I really like them aesthetically. If you look at the first photo, you'll see the lights are mounted on flat plinths, both of which were differing size and shape. I've now reshaped that so the plinths have gone, and the tail lights now sit on a much smaller surface.












    The rear still needs a little fettling, but it's almost there now, next is to fit some coves into the rear 1/4 panels


    Nige

  2. #142
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    Back on with the bodywork now at last. For some time I've toyed with the idea of fitting "coves" into the rear 1/4 panels just as GPG4C had back in its Modsports days. I decided to use the old buck that I made for the bigger hood scoop as a starting point, as it had most of the shapes that I wanted to use. I laid up some fibreglass over it, and once removed, it was cut and shut to the shape of the card template that I'd made. Once happy with the shape,all of the joins were 'glassed together to make a panel. I wasn't too fussy at this point as it would need to be modified to fit the curvatures of the rear wings.




    The fibreglass laid onto the hood scoop buck














    Being cut and shaped to fit the template of the shape I wanted. Ive tried to follow the curves of the body lines, the top line mimics the top of the 1/4, the front edge follows the arch, the bottom line is at the same angle as the bottom of the 1/4, and the rear follows the shape of the tail end of the 1/4. I feel it's important to make it look as if it's flowing "as one" rather that just a hotch potch of shapes fighting each other.















  3. #143
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    The template was offered to the car, the perimeter lined out with tape and then the point of no return...cut it out














    The inner arch was also trimmed back, and then the panel was trial fitted














    It still needs a bit of final shaping and repairing to get it how I envisage it to look, but it's not too far away at this stage. I can then use this "buck as a hammer form to make the panels in aluminium, or if I decide to paint the panels I can use these fibreglass ones as it's a much quicker process.


    Now I just need to decide whether to paint them body colour or to leave them in raw, brushed finish to match in with all of the other ali parts on the car.


    Paint or not to paint that is the question


    Nige

  4. #144
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    Managed to get the new silencers fitted today, doesn't sound much quieter than before but it's taken the droning sound out, which was what I was after.



    Nige

  5. #145
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    Also, I've finally finished the front suspension, so the car now has more caster and camber than before. It just needs tracking now.









    Nige

  6. #146
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    Well, I decided to paint them, so I finished off the repairs to the coves and bonded them to the body using fibreglass matt and resin. once cured I fibreglassed the inside of the panels to the surrounding body work. once fully cured, the outside could be blended in to make it look as if it's a part of the 1/4 panel.
















    Next was to mask the car up for the 2K primer. I kept the hardtop on throughout this process to keep the inside clean. I'll take it off to paint the car
























    I'm pleased with the shape of the coves, who'd have thought it was moulded from my hood scoop?? The rear valance looks like it belongs there and is way better than the old one that had an upwards curve. The odd shaped "plinths" that the tail lights sat on are now removed also and makes for a much cleaner and smoother looking rear end. next is to flat it all down and prep it for paint


    Nige

  7. #147
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    Nige

    That looks excellent, beautifully crafted as always!! I hope you regard imitation as being the sincerest form of flattery as I shall now be doing something very similar - thank you!!

    Take care,

    Ian


    Pilgrim Sumo Mk3; IVA Apr. 2014; RV8 3.9 EFi ; Cosworth T5; Granada Donor
    Phase Two underway - Conversion to Japanese

  8. #148
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    Beautiful work as always but a question on the painting which I know you’re also an expert on, is there a limit to how many layers you can put on before finally sanding back to base?
    Dek

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