Fiberglass top for a Vello Rossa
Posted 08 December 2002 - 08:56 AM
You may already be aware of this, but Rory has prodused a prototype hard-top for the S30 and Z31 models. Getting a finished production unit from him is another issue though. It took me a year to get a dashboard and I asked face to face, AND it actually came from a kit owner that didn't use it.
So, ah, making your own is actually a good idea. In fact, if you produce a couple, I may have a few buyers for you. Recoup some of your investment.
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Posted 13 December 2002 - 06:59 PM
I think we may be able to resolve our problems and get me up and running again on Monday.
I have a mold for a hardtop that was made to fit the VR and I have basically been selling them for cost, which is around $300. The top is just a shell to which you have to fit your own seals and latches. If you want to save yourself some trouble and are not too far along to stop before you hurt yourselves, let me know.
Direct email is best, as I don't have much time for surfing these days.
Also, for those of you wanting some history, Rick Hammond (aka 'Pablo Bondo') used to work for me and did a lot of the prototyping on the original Velo Rossa. Then he went over to the Dark Side and did some work for Dave Epstein at AZ Z. After all the fun he had there, he decided he needed some real brain damage, went into business for himself, and put together the Origin kit.
I believe that he had the Origin kit out long before the Z Therapy kit came on the market.
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Posted 16 December 2002 - 12:20 AM
Good luck with the project. Who knows, if you come up with something better than what I have, maybe we can work something out!
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Posted 16 December 2002 - 04:24 AM
Keep up the great work! graemlins/rockon.gif
Posted 16 December 2002 - 08:59 AM
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Posted 16 December 2002 - 06:07 PM
hardtop for a convertible "z" from John Washington. He told me they were not finished and
they were not. We've been working on them for several months. The top for the Jim Cook racing kit is finished and the convertible soft top is, too. (the frame and the top folds up and fits in the trunk)
The lines of the hardtop, which look like the one in your pictures, lacks something to be desired, but we are going to alter it, via changing the rear window to change the shape of the top. The Velarosa top now looks great and I am in the process of making a mold for the rear glass or backlight, and will fabricate my own rear glass.
This top is longer from the sideglass to the back of the top, giving the car a much sleeker appearance, and not so bluntly chopped off as the
other top on the Jim Cook racing kit.
I'll be glad to send you some pictures as soon as my friend feels a little better.
trickz - Ain't no 6 bangers here - we're packing 8!!
'72 240 327 4-speed flared and dropped
'78 280 400 350 turbo Velarosa
'73 914 283 5-speed flared and dropped
'87 944 LT-1 6-speed
Posted 16 December 2002 - 06:28 PM
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Posted 16 December 2002 - 08:14 PM
As TrickZ says, they are rough and require finishing, seals, and latches. Definitely a do-it-yourself proposition. Not trying to sell them short, but that's why I'm only selling them for my cost...that and the desire to support the customer best I can, until I can put together a nice top for which I can charge a lot:)
TrickZ, I'd love to see photos of what you've done. I'm sorry but I don't remember you...too much brain damage over the last year and maybe I'm just getting old. Anyway, when I get the business back to the point that I'm can eat something more than peanut butter and Ramen noodles, I hope to put some time into documenting customer cars and making the information available on the website.
Posted 17 December 2002 - 01:50 PM
Example of New 4 piece removable solid prototype top now being produced for Tomahawk Z Kit. Larger View
I reviewed this thread today after several contacted me about assorted news contained herein.
You go for it Tomahawk. I've always wanted to get some hands-on fiberglass experience myself, but neighbors here would go balistic if they ever got a wiff of the fumes. Nevertheless, I am looking for a clandestine solution because, like you, I am quite curious about the process and it's creative potential related to some projects I have in mind.
Seeing that you've put so much work into these projects and many have requested to see your progress, it might be possible for me to work with you to build up an illustrated project-in-progress gallery for you at ZPARTS.COM, but I must caution that I am badly over extended time wise and updates might not be as quick as hoped for. Let me know if you are interested and I will give you some photo pointers for illustrating your project at it's best it will make everything "pop".
Welcome back to the Kit building world, John. You've been sorely missed during your brief absense. I am still interested in photo documenting interesting examples of your VR kits running aroung my area (SF-NorCal) if you can ever hook me up with the owners of the best examples. Harley mentioned a Guy in Davis, I believe, but that's all I know of. So far, all I have is that modestly finished Red one that you baby sat for the owner at the NCKCC Berkeley Marina show back in 1998?
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