Fiberglass bodywork

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  1. Iron Crisis

    Iron Crisis New Member

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    Hopefully I'm not too far off topic but I'd like to know if anyone has ever stretched a fiberglass body. I just bought an older Topolino body. It will be too short for the chassis that I'm building so I plan on stretching the nose section 6" or so. I don't know how I'm supposed to compensate for the front section getting narrower when I section it. If anyone has any advice, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. jay70cuda

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    Pics might help. I've done tons of glass work.
     
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    Here's the body. I want to stretch the nose of it. It narrows as it goes towards the grille section. I'm not sure how to compensate for that.
     

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  4. Iron Crisis

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    Any help would be appreciated
     
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  5. comp altered 632

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    I had to modify my 27 t body.
    cut up body .
    Fit the body parts where you want them then fill the gaps with flexible sheet material. Finish with glass and filler.
    This is now your finished buck .
    Use this to lay up your new one mold..
    Then make body .
     
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  6. hotrod200

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    I have done a lot of jobs like that, where are you located?
    I'm in so cal but can give you some a few ideas or options how to go about it.
     
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    A good friend of mine did a similar job, he cut the body where he wanted to stretch, then he cut the front piece down the middle, then made it to suit, and took about 3/4 of an inch out of the middle at the back to compensate for it getting narrower.. Looked the treat!
     
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