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  • Re: KOS Ferrari 355 build thread in texas

    well I would definately call it a budget car for sure...they did not take any care in making this kit..not to mention it looks as if this was pieced together from different molders.
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    • Re: KOS Ferrari 355 build thread in texas

      Well I was just doing some searches and wanted to get some feedback from other 355 builders. I am looking for ideas for the hinges for the hood, (the front deck lid). I have see a couple on the site, one looks like the original hinges were used, but just to get some ideas would be great...pics please

      Here are few more pics of progress...see the door gap is starting to look something like an actual door gap now







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      • Re: KOS Ferrari 355 build thread in texas

        For the front hood I used the factory Fiero hinges they worked well but had to be relocated. For the engine cover hood I used Mitsubishi 3000 GT hatch hinges, these are very nice low profile hinges the worked well. I bought mine from the dealer and it they cost about $25 a side.
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        • Re: KOS Ferrari 355 build thread in texas

          Hello KOS. I am new to the forum, as of yesterday. I have the same kit as you and if you think yours is bad what until you see pix of mine. My engine cover has pits in it, along with the driver's door, that need filling and that is just the start of my problems. I will post pix tomorrow. I will be filling all of these pits day to day when I get off work. Once they are all filled, I will be cutting out all of the air vents, fog light, marker light and brake light holes. All of this and I am still looking for a donor car. :-\

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          • Re: KOS Ferrari 355 build thread in texas

            welcome!!!

            well sorry to hear about your kit. I figured out recently for sure my kit came from different molds or cars or something. I beleive the rear was a plug or something, and the front clip was from a different mold altogether, along with the roof, pretty sure mine was spyder car orginally. I wouldnt feel so bad about it all if the guy that had sold it to me didnt lie about it all...meaning he said it would all line up that he had it on a car before :S heh cant wait to talk to him again...

            show some pics when you can would like to see yours!
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            • Re: KOS Ferrari 355 build thread in texas

              How are you able to place the kit on the chassis to make sure you have it in the right place (R to L, Front to Rear) without having the wheels you are going to use installed and in the correct position? I know from experience that these kits are notorious for being different right side to left, and with having the original fiero wheels/tires so far in the fenders, how are you lining this up? I would think you can't even think about the door gaps, etc until you make sure the rear clip/front clip are in the correct position. My car was similar to yours and even after I got the panels centered left side/right side, I still ended up slicing the panels, glassing it back together to move the opening in the fenders to center the wheel/tire. Sure would be a pain removing everything to do it over again because you bought the HELD wide-track suspension AFTER the body was mounted. Eric

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              • Re: KOS Ferrari 355 build thread in texas

                Eric

                yes that takes more of the math out of it for sure. But really just measuring it out from a fixed dimension on the car works just the same. I have had two measurement jigs built for the car for measuring to make sure things were aligned and straight as they could be.
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                • Re: KOS Ferrari 355 build thread in texas

                  Originally posted by FerrariXXXman
                  How are you able to place the kit on the chassis to make sure you have it in the right place (R to L, Front to Rear) without having the wheels you are going to use installed and in the correct position? I know from experience that these kits are notorious for being different right side to left, and with having the original fiero wheels/tires so far in the fenders, how are you lining this up? I would think you can't even think about the door gaps, etc until you make sure the rear clip/front clip are in the correct position. My car was similar to yours and even after I got the panels centered left side/right side, I still ended up slicing the panels, glassing it back together to move the opening in the fenders to center the wheel/tire. Sure would be a pain removing everything to do it over again because you bought the HELD wide-track suspension AFTER the body was mounted. Eric
                  I agree get the wheels and tires on first then fit to them it will be easier. Believe me I had to get new wheel spacers for the front after buying what I thought would work and found out the hard way.
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                  • Re: KOS Ferrari 355 build thread in texas

                    KOS..
                    for my front hood hinges, I used the original fiero hinges. My hood had two studs on each side that the hinges could bolt on to. A bracket was welded to the fiero frame along with 2 studs on each bracket to mount the other end of the hood. Worked "ok". Thie fiero hinges have to much play in them making lining everytihng up a little more difficult. I looked but couldnt find any pictures of the hinges on my computer. I can look through the real photos if you need me to. I didnt have a digital camera when I built the first kit so all the photos were "developed" and then scanned into the computer...

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                    • Re: KOS Ferrari 355 build thread in texas

                      Arrgh! I started drilling small holes in the engine lid vents last night only to find that when I drilled, chuncks of the gel coat and fiberglass was breaking off on the top portion of the vent. Even using a small drill bit caused the glass to chip off. This is indeed depressing. KOS, I can only wish my kit was as good as your's when you started. My kit is a disaster!!

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                      • Re: KOS Ferrari 355 build thread in texas

                        I agree guys that having the wheels on makes it easier visually to complete. But it can be done without them. Since my budget doesnt allow me to buy the wheels just yet I had to go with plan B on that and measure stuff out.


                        yeah I need to start planning for the hood hinges now, my lights came in yesterday and I think when sold my hood the hinges went with it...either that or I have misplaced them now. So plan B it is.

                        Forterrari, not sure why it would do that. Unless it is acting like laminate and the only way around that is to drill into the the top first instead of coming from behind. Dont wish you kit was like mine or you would be making up new swear words around different issues. I have about 6 months of block sanding ahead of me if I want to make this car look good enough to be painted black! Wish you had an AD kit!!!!
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                        • Re: KOS Ferrari 355 build thread in texas

                          For cutting out those holes in the vents, I used a dremel with a drywall-type carbide tip similar to how a roto-zip tool works. This allows you to get decent slots cut in the holes. I use this tool to cut many different shapes in fiberglass. Eric

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                          • Re: KOS Ferrari 355 build thread in texas

                            Itried to use my dremel and my roto zip to no avail. This kit really consumes a lot of time making it as good as an AD kit. I called John at AD yesterday and now I am saving up my money for his kit. It is dpressing to know I paid over $1200 to ship a pile of sculptured fibergalss. :'( I think this kit will"disappear" before the end of next week.

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                            • Re: KOS Ferrari 355 build thread in texas

                              just because uploading pics is fun..here is my new batter box



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