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    Building 355 Replica Door Jams and Trunk

    Has anyone ever worked with this stuff? I am interested in some application ideas!
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    Re:Building 355 Replica Door Jams and Trunk

    I have taken on another little project in my quest for the perfect replica. It involved building door jams that have a slight angle to them like a real 355 and a site lip return rather than a straight sharp edge going back to the Fiero. I had the option since I had to make this part anyway. I am using DOW blue foam (from Lowes, Home Depot does not carry it) sculpted and covered with epoxy resin and fiberglass cloth. I am truly amazed at how easy it is to work and lay up. I got the idea from a guy named Jason building a Lambo from this web site. Has anyone ever worked with this type of construction before? I am interested in your experience and application of the part made.



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    DAVE,Iuse urethane foam all the time,it's a little easier,becouse it dosen't melt from regular polyester resin,for
    quick plugs to make a mold from,you can sand it to shape,brush a few coats of resin on it thenjust skim it with cheap body filler to sand to final shape,prime it pull your mold and chuck it in the trash,simple down and dirty.
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    Re:Building 355 Replica Door Jams and Trunk

    Dave,

    Do you leave the foam in place permenitly or will you remove it once the glass has dried?

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    Glenn:

    I keep the foam as part of the structure. It is like building an airplane wing. Once the epoxy is laminated to the foam, it is strong enough to stand upon without breaking. When first building the trunk, I had most of it fabricated without the glass mat on it and dropped a drill on the bottom of the trunk. It went right through. I cut a new bottom to replace the old one with a hole in it and then glassed all of the parts together (dropped it into the frame) and you can stand in the trunk now without it breaking. The properties change once the epoxy and glass mat are applied. Amazing stuff.

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    Re:Building 355 Replica Door Jams and Trunk

    Dave,
    Will you be able to remove the master cyclinder if the need ever arises? It looks like the foam is really close or is that just an illusion?

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    Glenn:

    There is a box that will go under the Master Cylinder the can be removed. As a matter of fact the entire trunk can be removed very quickly.

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    looks real good mapics i really like the way your doing that .you gave me a real good idea for making several piecers i need

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    Re:Building 355 Replica Door Jams and Trunk

    Mapics;

    I am looking at doing the same type of alteration on my door jambs as well as my door portion already has the angle to it but the rear quarter piece does not.

    I am curious though, why is the top part of the door jamb not angled the same as the bottom? Is the real 255 built that way as well? I understand the bottom being angled for the air intake lining up but I am not sure about the top portion being at a diferent angle.

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