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don't know if you're still looking or not, but i read in a magazine once that the hoods off of a school bus of the same year would fit. just an idea.

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The Chevy truck you have is the most common old truck in the world. Starting in mid-production 1947 and continued with few changes through 1953, in 54 went to different grille and one-piece windshield, in 55 went to open drive and 12volt system (in mid-production 1955, the "new"style truck was introduced).
Regarding the hood, any 1947-53 and maybe the 54-early 55 Chevrolet pickup, school bus, rescue squad truck, bread truck, that has that nose has a hood you can use. These trucks, buses, etc. are as common as dirt everywhere in the South.
You won't have any trouble here.
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Fiberglass body for Willys Truck

Hello, all I am new on here I have been reading through the threads. And I have a question does anyone know of anybody that makes fiberglass bodies for Willys trucks??? I have searched and searched for this and have come up with nothing. Any help would be greatly appreciated e-mail if you like at Thanks.
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funny questions about fiberglass

Originally Posted by 41willys
I am an "advanced composite technician" on helicopters. willys36 is correct, but when you go and do your lay-ups, go with weave direction in 45 degree angles to each other. This will add tremendous strength.

Also, if you do not get all of the air pockets or small bubbles out from between each layer, as the engine heats up or the sun heats it up, the bubbles will expand and cause what is known as delamination, not good or fun to repair...

That lay-up is known as a quasi-isotropic lay-up, that is not a joke, it is real.

If you need any assistance, shoot me an e-mail, and I can walk you through it. I went to the Air Force Advanced Composite school. Good Luck
I have a question, I have a 1970 F250 that is in pretty good shape but I wanted to make it lighter for the sand dunes and mudbogs. I wanted to know if you can just lay or wrap the part in plastic wrap and apply fiberglass to form the part. I know this will make the part off size to a eight of an inch. But for a mud truck I don't plan on having fun for looks.I would like any feed back. Thank you.. david
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On a steel part with cured paint, all you need to do is wax it well with Part-All mold release wax then lay up the 'glas on it. 'Glas part will pop right off and the resin won't harm the paint in the slightest. If you are going to that effort, why not go ahead and lay up a coating of tooling gel and 4 layers of mat on the metal part then use that as a mold to make the final 'glas part with white gel coat, 1 layer of woven cloth and two layers of mat? Then it will be much easier to finish and if you crack up the new part, you can easily make another from the mold.
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