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Re: carbon fiber radiator shroud any interest

Postby Corey » Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:57 pm

I'm interested.

Would be pretty cool also if a TTE replica could be made available

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Re: carbon fiber radiator shroud any interest

Postby CMS-GT4 » Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:10 pm

I was thinking the same thing, I just wasn't able to figure out where I had that pic.
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Re: carbon fiber radiator shroud any interest

Postby RafaCalde » Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:43 pm

Forget the shroud. Where can I get that radiator? :D
A shroud like that would be awesome. But anything the does the job similarly is just fine with me.
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Re: carbon fiber radiator shroud any interest

Postby temperacerguy » Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:12 pm

I'll hit on a few things:

-The TTE shroud would be for such a limited market, it's not worth doing. (small things like NOT cutting out the port for the AC doesn't change the overall design)

-Headlight doors, I have zero problem with you coming here for me to do them, but it really wouldn't help you much. The problem is that there's so much down time, that you wouldn't learn anything. There are 4 major steps, with 24 hours in between each step, so you would only see one step.

-full carbon doors. They are available, and if I were going to go to the burden of wrapping them for myself, I would just purchase them from the guy on E-bay. here's his link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Celica-Gen5-ST185-Carbon-Headlight-Covers-/230537451390?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item35ad1a577e#ht_1796wt_1270 it's $150 plus shipping from UK.

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Re: carbon fiber radiator shroud any interest

Postby RafaCalde » Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:01 am

I agree, but I for one would be happy with any CF shroud.
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Re: carbon fiber radiator shroud any interest

Postby temperacerguy » Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:15 am

OK, looks like I will be making these.

Let me finish a couple projects first, and I will start gathering items. (peal ply, infusion cloth, tack tape, resin, carbon fiber. etc)

I'm only going to make 10 of these, then I am going to ditch the mold. I don't have the space to store molds, so keep on the look-out for them.

The plan is to make this 5 layers thick. 2 layers of carbon fiber, then 3 layers of glass cloth. this will leave it at aprox. 1mm thick. I'm going to vacuum infuse these, which is a technique used for structural parts... It's total overkill for something like this, but if you're going to do something, you need to do it right.

It's going to follow the factory shape/contours. I will offer it in two styles. one with all the cutouts cutout, and one with the outline cutout, and you can cut out the holes you want on your own.
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Re: carbon fiber radiator shroud any interest

Postby Spectra1 » Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:39 am

Well if your only making 10 then I call dibs on one, just let me know when you want payment :D
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Re: carbon fiber radiator shroud any interest

Postby temperacerguy » Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:56 am

I won't take payment till they are done. I really don't like "owing" anyone... puts too much stress on me. LOL

Once the mold is made (the part that takes time) It takes 24 hours to crank out each one. (an hour laying everything in the mold and infusing the resin, and 23 hours sitting in the mold) I just don't want to invest more than a couple weeks on this project, which is why I am capping it at 10.

I'll mold 10, then offer them to the group. If you want everything cut out, I'll cut them out. Otherwise I'll leave it only with the outline trimmed.

If you want to see how these are going to be made, there's a cool video that shows the easy part (infusing the resin) It doesn't show the hours and hours and hours of making the plug, then the mold :)

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Re: carbon fiber radiator shroud any interest

Postby RafaCalde » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:00 am

put me down for one as well. the only cut out i need is for the hood latch.
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Re: carbon fiber radiator shroud any interest

Postby ALLensTRAC » Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:09 am

Sounds good to me put me down for one as well.
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Re: carbon fiber radiator shroud any interest

Postby underscore » Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:09 pm

count me in as well

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Re: carbon fiber radiator shroud any interest

Postby RafaCalde » Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:15 pm

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Re: carbon fiber radiator shroud any interest

Postby Spectra1 » Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:43 pm

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Re: carbon fiber radiator shroud any interest

Postby ALLensTRAC » Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:11 pm

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Re: carbon fiber radiator shroud any interest

Postby temperacerguy » Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:38 pm

Wow,

ok, well I am shocked that there's a list going. LOL

I'll start working on this in my free-time. I have two shrouds here. I will will start modifying one of them into a plug for the mold. This involves solidly mounting it and reinforcing on the back side. then start to work on the surface to remove the texture and make it smooth as a baby's bottom...

So I guess if you're serious about getting one in a couple months... add your names to the list, and hopefully we will be at 10 when I am ready to start production.
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