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Old 12-05-2006, 05:53 AM
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Installing a body kit...........

I have a kid who wants me to install/paint a fiberglass body (ground effects)kit but I've never installed one before,, do fiberglass kits generally fit good without a ton of follow-up body work to straighten evrything up? I have no clue where he got it so I don't know if it's a reputable company or not. He also wants me to paint the wheels which I've never done before, anyone have any experience with this? P.S. HEY KENSETH HOW'S IT GOING "NEIGHBOR"

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It's always fun to help out the "kids" lol..




Best bet is to fit everything all the way onto the car first, then remove paint the jambs/edges then reinstall the parts that fight to much and paint them on the car. Some fit better than others but it will work out in the end...
Here's a short project with some ground effects over a few weekends... http://www.a2zautoforums.com/showthr...highlight=rice

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Then there are some that look like there gonna fit and then you find that they are for a different car all together ..

Double check before you do any work to them...or there will be tears

http://www.a2zautoforums.com/showthread.php?t=1661

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That looks like it turned out decent. I just don't want to spend 5 days trying to straighten a twisted warped kit to make it fit.
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\do fiberglass kits generally fit good without a ton of follow-up body work to straighten evrything up?
All I can say is good luck, they usually fit like every loving CRAP. I mean REAL bad, like you are trying to fit them on the wrong kind of car!

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Well thanks for CRUSHING and STOMPING the ^$#@! out of what little hope I had Are they really that bad? I was hoping someone was going to say "OH,, THOSE KITS PRACTICALLY PUT THEMSELVES ON THE CAR"
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OK...I will say it....

"OH,, THOSE KITS PRACTICALLY PUT THEMSELVES ON THE CAR"

There, ya happy?

Of course, you knew better all along, didn't you.
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When I worked for the fiberglass shop my preprogrammed phone tech guy response to the eternally asked question........

"Will it be easy to fit?"

"Ssssssure it will"
(hehehehe....hahahahah....HAHAHAHA)

"Yes mr customer, all you do is lay these super high tech, computer fitted to YOUR car parts on the garage floor at night and the very next day, like MAGIC, they are on the car all by them selves."

"It's that easy"

"Card # please".....


3 weeks later,.....


Angry customer calls.....

"These F**&%^&*%SHTTTT$^&^ parts arent even close to being able to be fitted to my car"....It looks like they were made for A DIFFERENT CAR!!!! BY apes!!!!

(Get up from desk and lock front door of shop, in case customer is local)

"Oh you must have one of the (insert car make here), bodies that was made after the undocumented production change"

" Your car must have been modified".

"your car must have been crashed"

Monday car"

"Friday car"


"I have the tech give you a call"

"Thank you, very much ..have a nice day"

Make sure angry customer's phone number is entered into the caller ID block list.

Nah, it doesnt really happen like that....

Really

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Does your sidewinder grinder work?

I like using a 24" concrete trowel to fair those in.

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No, not the fiberglass parts I did. The urethane parts generally fit okay, but the fiberglass can be a nightmare, any thing from voids and pinholes, cracks in the piece to fitting like absolute pooey (had em all). Maybe you will get lucky, but consider young kid, probably not a lot of money, probably buying the cheapest kit or used one he can find. Not saying it he bought a cheap kit, or it will require a ton of work, but most need at least some to perfect fit. Defignately prefit first and see if any modification is needed, before even thinking about painting.
Begining-

After a ton of work on hood-

Thank God, its painted-

Rear bumper was also fiberglass and needed some work. Sideskirts and front bumper urethane, fit good.
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Looks good Kenseth. All I've seen so far is pictures. I'm charging him by the hour so if it don't fit I'll be paid for my extra time for screwing around with it. Anyone ever painted wheels, he wants me to paint the wheels also?
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