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Vintage-TechZ last won the day on June 6 2012

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  1. Plug and Play Dapper Lighting LED Tails (NEW VIDEO)

    I'm in for V1-Euro's.
  2. 240z AWD swap!

    Sounds good. Looking forward to update pix!
  3. How did the RB26-S30 car turn out? Is it still at your shop? I like the design of the roll bar. Might consider that.
  4. Revised center console

    Remember to use the zones which will be trimmed out as sacrificial areas that you can relief cut as you place the CF cloth in its final resting place. It will tug less in regions that need it to avoid weave distortions. Some careful planning of PIECE installation and overlaps on radius' will yield a very nice console once you've made patterns and stick with it. Replication will unfold the best methods. Its looking good so far! Another thought for this , you could make a 1.75mm smaller MALE plug to use as a platen press or full Caul plate. Dry load the male mold (easier),then compress it into the female mold firmly and then carefully remove the male. Place in your consumables and bag up. To make an accurate 1.75mm male, you'll need to buy that specific thickness sheet wax as teh final part thickness. The wax sheet represents your CF final part thickness and you'll need to stick to your lay-up schedule each time when this is done.
  5. Revised center console

    Thats right Andy! Remember, the OEM parts were pre-form glass mat with long and short strand mat. Waaaaay easier to press into the mold as it being glass which was gel coated in mold. Try using some thick clear plastic sheeting and spray gluing it into your mold to decide where each cut would be appropriate and then exacto cut or scissor the final shape as your templates making sure to use a permanant silver marker to show the weave orientation for later install of cloth. It guides your eye so your ply orientation ends up most linear. Although....sometimes, opposing weave direction can be appealing too! Artsy at that point.
  6. Revised center console

    WHile this isn't considered a complex mold, it still can be challenging as a cosmetic part. If I might suggest....parts like these will benifit from making templates for pieces of cloth rather than one whole piece. Consider radius zones for where the cloth might marry well. The console will likely not show these blend points and if done with flair can actually make the final part look more technical.
  7. Revised center console

    The autoclave kills two birds with one stone,so to speak. With vacuum still under use while added PSI serves to further compact the laminate stack during the heat cure ramp-up cycle and ramp down cycle. Within Infusion, the post cure heat cycle is simply done after an overnight room temp pre-cure.Then its placed in the post cure oven for final molecular alignment/Bonding matrix. An 8 hour cure is common. So aside to the PSI addition, refridgerator utilities and cost uptick due to resin pre-prepped cloth, both systems are close to final per part costs. EXCEPT for the mold construction cost being more! They require specific tooling if made in composites to handle the loads and higher temps. OR....go with CNC billet tooling or tooling stock. By the way, it was mentioned that Pre-preg requires De-bulking steps. Bare in mind so does Infusion if done correctly. I debulk my CF BMW Z4 coupe roofs three times with an overnight vacuum test prior to introducing resin. It helps consolodate the fibers idealy and makes the parts have a 'ring tone' when you flick your finger on them. Not a dull thud from a resin rich part.
  8. Post pics of your z's here!!

    Looks great! How is your RB running?
  9. Resurection now becoming 1TUFZG Z

    I'm so glad you are on this forum to chime in on these finer points! Seriously. The car is really coming along David! I know you must be stoked to be there!
  10. LED Tail lights (My new set up by ZLEDsLIGHTS.com)

    I haven't heard back from him yet. It sounds like he's very busy from the description on his website though. If he says yes, that would be great.
  11. Gt2860r-5?

    From what I've researched, its seems the bet for more affordable re-building comes with the Garrett -5's. The Tomei's are a re-packaged Garrett with spec mods but both perform nearly identical. Just a thought and an opinion. I've been looking at the same choices as you.
  12. RB engine shop referrals Los Angeles area ?

    I'm south of Los Angeles by an hour and found a place in Westminster called JER performance. They have accomplished a handful of RB swaps and I talked to them about doing mine. Nice guys.
  13. LED Tail lights (My new set up by ZLEDsLIGHTS.com)

    My, those are pricey! I messaged him with a query on whether or not he sells just the boards with a controller? I already have my Euro's pulled apart and polished ready to of back together for something like this. Did you know anything about that Joel?
  14. Dapper Lighting Version 2 Projector Headlights

    Received mine on monday the 4th. Well packed and in good shape! They look like they'll be a good bit of kit.
  15. LED Tail lights (My new set up by ZLEDsLIGHTS.com)

    Well done Joel ! I like the whole display change. Can you pm me what your exact version cost? I think I'll do this mod.