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Old 07-09-2005, 11:24 AM
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Well I am expecting (hoping) to have the chassis done on my project sometime early next month..Thanks to Billy Shope on the rear suspension and such..

So now it is getting time to think about the bodywork..

I have a couple of choices..one is to do a fiberglass complete body and the other is to do metal..

Upside on glass is that I have a clue about that stuff and can get some of the shapes I would like a bit easier..Metal I still have some learning curve to do and TBH I am getting to the point where I wanta get done..and go drive this thing..

Just an idea of how this is going to look is like a 2 seat Indy rodster..

So any of your ideas are welcome..

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Old 07-10-2005, 06:43 PM
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I'd say glass, how many guys can honestly say that they built their glass body themselves? If you go glass, are you gonna use a steel inner structure?







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Old 07-11-2005, 07:20 AM
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Seems like a toss up to me. So it you feel more comfortable with glass...then I think your decision is 75% made. Since you are experienced with glass, you are not going into it as some do, believing glass is "easier" or "quicker" than metal. Either medium has it's own set of challenges so I don't think there is one universal answer when you are building your own body.

Since it is a Indy style body, however, I would think the metal forming would not be quite as difficult as attempting to replicate something 30'2 or 40's. Maybe I don't have the same "vision" in mind as you do, but to me Indy cars are somewhat angular and conical (cone shaped) rather than compound/complex curves. Angles and cones are probably easier in metal than glass. Compound or complex curves, on the other hand, are probably easier in glass than in metal. Randy Ferguson and the Metalsmeet guys might debate that but it just seems to make sense in my brain.

In the end, however, I think it boils down to your own, private, comfort zone. And from what you've said, that sounds like glass.

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Old 07-11-2005, 08:15 AM
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Comfort zones

Well one thing is that working in glass is about as dirty and nasty a job as anything I can think of..The upside of doing the body in glass is that I can pull a mold and replicate the body if I desire..(that is if some one really wanted a duplicate)

But then I can learn some new tricks if I do the body in metal..

So it comes down to either learning new tricks or doing same-o same-o...

I will do some more rassling with this one..

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thats tuff and i have the same feeling as you. i know glass and plastics so if i run into a snag or want to do anything that comes to mind i can pull it off no problem. metal, thats another story. i couldn't use a hammer and dolly if my life depended on it. i do like the look of painted metal rather than glass. its usually cleaner and you dont get any read through when it bakes in the sun. hard choice. (time providing) i always like to learn something new and increase my skill in a weak area. if you got the extra time for the education then metal if not then glass.
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Metal it is (mostly)

Well most of the body work will be metal..I have some ideas of how to use the body metal from the old van..and if it gets waay to hard to get the curves then I can do a glass part..

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