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Postby smog7 » Sun Jun 07, 2009 3:21 pm

puffy, just wondering but do you do any competitive racing with your gt4?
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Postby Puffy » Mon Jun 08, 2009 12:00 am

Yes - but been a long time with the GT4.
Once it's done I want to try a few hill climbs. Went to some and they look like a lot of fun.
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Postby aus jd 2703 » Sun Sep 20, 2009 7:13 am

awsome car puffy.
one question how did u go with the cf hood and the cops?
up in qld if its not adr approved its not allowed and as far as i know only one company does adr approved hoods and their fibre glass.
am i missing something or i it illegal?
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Postby Puffy » Sun Sep 20, 2009 8:34 am

Cheers aus - I got the standard one on hand just in case the cops give me a hard time.
To my knowledge no carbon hood is legal in Australia due to shattering on impact rather than crumple.
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Postby aus jd 2703 » Sun Sep 20, 2009 8:36 am

wanna sell it :D
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Postby darthripley » Sun Sep 20, 2009 9:25 pm

CMS-GT4 wrote:This project is becoming a work of art.


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Puffy, the C/F Cooling panel looks amazing.
Did you lay the carbon over the OEM plastic piece, basically using the plastic piece as a mold?
I'd like to make one as well but I've never laid carbon before & am a bit nervous to try :oops:
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Postby DeeCee » Sun Sep 20, 2009 9:46 pm

darthripley wrote:
CMS-GT4 wrote:This project is becoming a work of art.


+1

Puffy, the C/F Cooling panel looks amazing.
Did you lay the carbon over the OEM plastic piece, basically using the plastic piece as a mold?
I'd like to make one as well but I've never laid carbon before & am a bit nervous to try :oops:

practice with normal woven fibreglass to begin with. And look at using a mould release if you are going to model against the current piece of plastic.
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Postby Puffy » Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:00 am

No, I did not use the oem as it is flimsy and was not sure if it would hold the right shape off the car.
Instead I made an aluminium panel and used that as a mold. Using it as a female, the shiny aluminium gives it that nice deep 3d look you get with vacuum process.
The OEM panel may work but I do see shapes in it that the carbon will want to fight against you using an overlay technique.
I will be doing another soon and try use the OEM unit.

Dont be too nervous.... all you can do is learn :)
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Postby darthripley » Mon Sep 21, 2009 4:26 am

thanks for the advice deecee & puffy - I appreciate it. :)

I tried to get this one guy to produce SS cooling panels but he was a douche & never could get his isht together & do the job.
I told him he would make quite a few sales within our community & with other 5th gen Celicas as the cooling panels are the same -- but d-bag that he was it never panned out. :shoots:
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Postby athousandleaves » Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:40 am

Check this video out at 2:00 and look at the cooling panel they have.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msnPCvx1bmA

Makes a lot of sense to me seeing as the small piece of rubber that goes between the hood and the cooling panel makes the last gap of the hood above the cooling panel mostly useless...
If I had the time or means to make a cooling panel that's probably what I'd aim at fabricating.

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Postby Puffy » Fri Nov 06, 2009 1:37 am

Thanks leaves.
That TTE unit sure is sweet.....way above my equipment and skill capabilities.
Looks to serve a structural purpose as the steel support brace that the latch mechanism normally bolts on to has been all deleted.
I suspect the kevlar V shape continues down and bolts to the lower radiator support bar.
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Re: Group A from OZ

Postby ChrisD » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:11 pm

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Re: Group A from OZ

Postby Puffy » Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:21 am

Thanks ChrisD

It is chrome plated but needs a mirror polish first for the electrodes to hold.
Polishing alone lasts 60 sec before engine heat dulls it.
It is a pain to mirror polish first but it worth doing when plating alloy, the chrome is durable and gives that deep liquid reflection.


I don't think it does any favors for heat disbursement.
Upside is when it blow.... think how easy the oil will wipe off that chrome cover :P

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Re: Group A from OZ

Postby Autobot » Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:16 am

Very jealous!
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Re: Group A from OZ

Postby athousandleaves » Tue Oct 12, 2010 6:48 am

Any more updates/pictures/videos of your car?

I went to check out that youtube clip you had put up and noticed it was taken down :'(
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