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Old 01-03-2018, 10:00 PM
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No other words just WOW.
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Old 01-04-2018, 04:34 AM
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Well worth the effort of making those covers.
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Old 01-15-2018, 11:34 PM
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Post Engine covers finished

My original intent was to finish the covers in red wrinkle paint leaving the Ferrari script in chrome. I received a suggestion to paint the Ferrari script in red and metal polish the covers. After noodling on this for a few days, I decided polished covers would look better and it would be worth the extra work.

Well after a couple days of sanding and polishing, here’s what resulted.



And the look after installed…





I guess it’s the sign of a good polish job when lots of things (including the photographer) show reflecting off the surface
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Old 01-15-2018, 11:40 PM
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Good choice, beautiful!
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Old 01-16-2018, 04:43 AM
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Looks great.
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Excellent results. Small projects never end up as small as they seem, do they?
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Old 01-16-2018, 08:32 AM
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The covers look great!
With the polished blower and red accents, the covers fit the theme perfectly.

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Old 02-08-2018, 08:13 PM
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Post Making rear GTO window

Well the C5 GTO is finally off to the paint shop so I may not be able to provide another progress update for a while. I did want to give an update on one of the last things I did prior to sending the car off. I made a mold, had a rear window made and trimmed it to the opening.

The original GTO had a plastic rear window that I’m told was Lexan (polycarbonate). I decided to use ¼” Plexiglas on this car instead because it will last longer (at least double the life I’m told) and won’t scratch as easy as Lexan. Lexan is a lot more crack resistant than Plexiglas but I didn’t need that given this window will be held in with a rubber gasket around its perimeter and will have no holes in it. The window opening is 27” by 45” and is a compound curve. I don’t have the skills or an oven large enough to thermal form this window so I made the mold and had a plastics shop make the window for me.

Here’s how I went about making the mold. I started with the fiberglass piece I’d cut out from the body. To support that, I made a wooden frame.



With the fiberglass piece held to the frame with clamps, it was then flipped over and glued to the frame with some fiberglass matte and resin.



A 3” border was needed around the edge in order to keep the softened Plexiglas from drooping during the thermal forming process. I bent and curved some aluminum scraps to form the border. These were attached to the frame with drywall screws. I then sanded and polished the fiberglass mold to remove all imperfections that might transfer to the Plexiglas.



I took the mold to a plastics business, wrote a big check, and they made me a window. The window they returned to me was the perfect shape but oversized for the opening. It was covered with adhesive backed masking paper as to minimize scratching during trimming and installation.

I did the trimming in two stages. The first round of trimming was to get the Plexiglas to fit the opening with very little gap.



I then marked it for the final cut and trimmed it to get an even 5/16” gap all the way around the edge. I did a test fit with chunks of window gasket material to make sure it will fit.





I guess you can see why I wanted to get this window to final form prior to paint. I’d have been real nervous doing all this work over a brand new coat of paint.
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Old 02-09-2018, 03:26 AM
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Looks like that mould worked out well for you.
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Old 02-09-2018, 06:21 AM
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Very cool.

Just checking if you know not to use Windex type cleaners on Plexi. It will look like a shattered glass eventually.
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