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Old 02-07-2011, 03:42 AM
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Homemade fiberglass molds?

Years ago JC Whitney used to sell 1940 Ford sedan style replacement hoods for VW Bugs. They looked very cool but they are no longer available, and no one else seems to make them.

I was thinking about trying to make one from fiberglass as I have at least some little experience with using it, but the problem is that there is, of course, no OEM type hood to use as a mold. I understand that some folks have made custom parts by making a mold from wood and chicken wire. I would probably try to build it up on the existing VW hood (as I doubt the part would add much weight), or maybe I could cut out the center once the part is attached.

My main concern is in actually making the mold. And are there any websites about making such custom molds, or has anyone here done something similar? Also, does fiberglass resin stick to bare metal? Any advice at all would be appreciated! Thanks!
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