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bcthunderbolt Dan Janus
East Leroy, MI, USA   USA
Started Oct. 23 2017, Any, and all comments welcome. My first build!

!924 DELAGE.

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LowellR Silver Member Lowell Roemke
Tempe, AZ, USA   USA
I like your frame detail in front. And I like the overall look. I wonder if there is enough room at the back for engine/torque converter to fit under the cowling?

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bcthunderbolt Dan Janus
East Leroy, MI, USA   USA
Yes there is. The motor was installed when I mocked up the tail section.

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bcthunderbolt Dan Janus
East Leroy, MI, USA   USA
Finished the second coat of fiberglass on hood and grill shell.
Hope to start on the body tomorrow.


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peejster Prasantha J
Lake Forest Park, WA, USA   USA
Dan,
How did you construct the tail? Is that foam on the top?

Thanks
Prasantha

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bcthunderbolt Dan Janus
East Leroy, MI, USA   USA
Yes, I laid up layers and glued them with construction glue. Then sanded to shape.

peejster Prasantha J
Lake Forest Park, WA, USA   USA
Do you then put a thin wood veneer on the foam or are you going to paint the foam directly?

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bcthunderbolt Dan Janus
East Leroy, MI, USA   USA
what I did was cover it with body filler, which is a little tricky as the filler wants to melt the foam. so light coats, and take your time. After sanding it back to the right shape I sprayed with high build primer. I am going to apply a release agent so I can use the top portion to layup the bottom part. Then I will clean it up and lay up the top. This will only serve as a plug or buck, the finished parts will be all fiberglass.


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peejster Prasantha J
Lake Forest Park, WA, USA   USA
Thanks for all the info. I am currently building my rolling chassis and still thinking about how I am going to do the body. This really helps.

Thanks
Prasantha

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bcthunderbolt Dan Janus
East Leroy, MI, USA   USA
Welded up the chassis and sent it to the sandblaster. Worked on the belly pan, then sanded the first coat of primer on the body, hood, and grill.


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red streak Peter Nielsen
Creston, BC, Canada   CAN
You could try using drywall compound in lieu of body putty. It will not melt the foam and is easily separated from the fiberglass.

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bcthunderbolt Dan Janus
East Leroy, MI, USA   USA
Thanks Pete, I wondered if that would work. Just never tried it. Next time I will.

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CmdBentaxle Dave D
Federal Way, WA, USA   USA
1950 CycleKart Italian "1950 Ferrari 166 F2"
Yes. A vinyl base spackle won't attack any foam, the way the polyester resin in Bondo does, and sands almost as easy as the foam. Spend a little extra and use epoxy resin on your glass as well. It won't melt anything, will stink a lot less, and will result in a stronger component.

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bcthunderbolt Dan Janus
East Leroy, MI, USA   USA
The glass that I had on hand was treated for use with polyester resin, it helps hold the fibers together while handling. The resin softens this coating to help it conform on curves. I use to build and race 1/8 scale RC boats, and used epoxy on all of them. Thanks for the info about spackle, I'll keep that in my notes.

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bcthunderbolt Dan Janus
East Leroy, MI, USA   USA
Got my frame back, primed it with epoxy primer at noon today. Sprayed the front axle silver base coat then cleared it and came in for supper.


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