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Fauxre    12

Standing the bonnet on it's nose makes for easy clean up to the underside.

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Still needs some sculpting to completely eliminate the joint lines, but looking pretty good so far.

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The last of the cosmetic fiberglass work to the front will be to extend the inner lip of the large opening like in this Photoshopped image.

 

The headlights will be remounted to the inside of the hood for a cleaner, more modern look.

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Fauxre    12

post-4015-018500700 1301971677_thumb.jpgTo achieve the look I want for the headlights, I glassed-in four metal brackets to the back side of the front scoops. A little short strand fiberglass filler to 'glue' them in place and several layers of cloth and resin to completely secure them.

 

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I wrapped the headlight in foil and mounted the whole assembly.

 

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A little more filler to fill in the irregular gap...

 

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...and some light sanding yields a perfectly round hole.

 

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I then turned my attention to the taillights.

After many hours of debating the exact locations of the lights, studying the curvature of the back panel, measuring, remeasuring, marking, erasing, remarking (in the exact same places) and then doing it all over again, I finally worked up the nerve to make that first cut. A rotary tool made easy work of the cutting and sanding of the fiberglass. The old Datsun sheet metal underneath was a different story. The depth of these lights, approximately 3 inches, required the modification of the old valance underneath. Limited access through the new holes, made for slow work. After a couple of hours of small cuts using the rotary tool cut off wheel and a reciprocating saw, and some adjusting with a hammer and short length of pipe, there was finally enough room to slip the mounting brackets in and bolt the lights up tight. ( Pics of the mangled sheet metal are too gruesome to post.)

I may adjust the orientation later, but for now I'm satisfied with the look.

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Dan Juday    12

Those taillights look really sweet Wes. Nice work. And from every picture angle they look perfectly aligned! See, it pays to measure twice, or three times, or seven... :D

 

I see pencil marks where the license plate goes. Are you thinking of doing a recess for it? DO IT! You know you want too. :lol:

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Fauxre    12

Those taillights look really sweet Wes. Nice work. And from every picture angle they look perfectly aligned! See, it pays to measure twice, or three times, or seven... :D

 

I see pencil marks where the license plate goes. Are you thinking of doing a recess for it? DO IT! You know you want too. :lol:

 

You're so right Dan... I want to!! blush.gif

 

Quick question. You used a gas tank from a Subaru, right? What model and what is the capacity?

 

I need to make a decision pretty soon. headscratch.gif

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Dan Juday    12

You're so right Dan... I want to!! blush.gif

 

Quick question. You used a gas tank from a Subaru, right? What model and what is the capacity?

 

I need to make a decision pretty soon. headscratch.gif

 

Doing a plate recess would be easy compared to what you have already done. I've always thought the VR/GTO has too flat of a rear surface. A little depth adds more character. If I wasn't so freakin' busy right now I would suggest we get together and talk about it over a cool drink.

 

My gas tank came out of a Suzuki Samuri, first generation that we got here in the states. Keep in mind that it only holds about 10 or 11 gallons.

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Fauxre    12

Doing a plate recess would be easy compared to what you have already done. I've always thought the VR/GTO has too flat of a rear surface. A little depth adds more character. If I wasn't so freakin' busy right now I would suggest we get together and talk about it over a cool drink.

 

My gas tank came out of a Suzuki Samuri, first generation that we got here in the states. Keep in mind that it only holds about 10 or 11 gallons.

 

I agree. I wanted to recess the lights as well... and I still might, if I get ambitious enough to deal with the metal work underneath. But the finished look has to be elegant.

 

Thats what I thought re. the gas tank. I'm considering a couple generic tanks that hold 15-17 gallons and have the right dimensions for mounting in the center of the old spare tire well. They leave plenty of room on the sides for mufflers and duel exhaust. Downside? As usual... cost. But I'll probably bite the bullet on this one to ensure quality and the final look I'm after. blush.gif

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Fauxre    12

Mounted my Taurus fan to the radiator. I considered several different options after looking at many pics here at HybridZ. I eventually settled on what turned out to be a pretty simple solution. I attached the vertical plastic edge flange on each side of the shroud to 1 1/2" x 1/4" aluminum bar using stainless steel rivets.. The bar width is enough to extend to the existing mounting bolts for the threaded 3/4" aluminum bar that came on the JTR/Stealth radiator brackets. I simply drilled holes in the new bars at those locations and used the same bolts to reattach everything.

 

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I think it looks pretty clean.

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Fauxre    12

Progress on several fronts over the last couple of weeks.

 

First I wired up the dual speed radiator cooling fan with the help of this thread...

 

http://forums.hybrid...__1#entry921201

 

...and it's associated links.

 

 

I got all of my parts at the local Pick N Pull.

Dual Speed Taurus Fan $35

Volvo Fan Relay w/plugs $10

BMW Temp. Switch w/plug $ 7

Total $52

 

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Next I went to work on the hydraulic clutch system.

 

The Tilton .850 master cylinder, ($85 from Summit Racing)...

 

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...connects to the Camaro slave cylinder ($35 at O Reilly Auto) with a blue -3 an coupler ($2.45 Summit), a 32" -3 an 90 degree hose ($17 Summit) and a 'GM clutch cylinder to -3 an' adapter ($32 Summit).

Total cost about $90.

 

Very clean when installed.

 

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Fauxre    12

This is gorgeous. ... pulling a LT1+T56 for it, and I'm really tempted by the VR kit. It really is a thing of beauty.

 

Thanks Kito.

I agree. The VR body is sleek, elegant and unique. I know it's not the popular view, but I like the look of this roadster much more than the original fastback Ferrari 250 GTO. If you'e truly considering this re-body, just remember that it's not a bolt on affair. You'll have, in my opinion, triple the amount of work over your engine/tranny swap. I thought I was through with mods a couple months ago, but I keep finding areas that just don't feel finished.

 

For instance, I spent some time today trying to make an inner fender for the front end. The headlights, turn signals and front vents are visible through the front wheel openings.

 

Here's my current solution.

 

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Fauxre    12

Working on the fuel pocket today. It's too big for my taste, so I'm trying a couple different looks.

 

The walls are set at right angles to the bottom...

 

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...I created sloping walls, by stretching fiberglass cloth from the center hole to the pocket edges and securing it with tape.

 

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The resulting insert...

 

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... makes for a more appealing pocket.

 

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But I still think it's too big.

 

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To get the pocket tighter to the gas cap, I lined the pocket with foil...

 

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...inserted the gas cap...

 

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...and filled the gap with expanding foam.

 

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A little trimming and carving...

 

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Some more carving and I think I'll have something I'll like. I'll use the foam plug to make a piece that can be permanently glassed to the body.

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