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    My fiberglass GT

    This project has been going on now for about ten years now, and of course not being worked on all of the time. It is actually a reincarnation of the first time I put the car together. This time it is done a lot better than the first time. I wish I could find the old pictures of the car from the first build, but no luck so far. Back in the late seventies my 71 gt was hurting pretty bad with rust. I had no tools to speak of back then and trying to do a restoration in metal was out of my realm. So instead of taking the car to the wreckers, I decided to try and make molds of the body. I had no clue about fiberglass at the time and didn't know that fiberglass parts were made in fiberglass molds. So I made plaster molds of all the various sections of the car. They turned out to be usable, so about a year after I made the molds I finally got around to making the parts. Because all the parts were in sections I had to put them all together to make the body. I used the inner shell of the body as a mold itself. I just laid up my fiberglass on it and got the complete floor pans and inner shell. But to get it all out I had to cut the car apart. In this first build I retained the metal drive tunnel and firewall and door jambs, plus the upper windshield perimeter and fastened the rest to it. It turned out not to bad.
    I also made a frame out of 2x3x1/8 rectangular tube to mount it all on. I did all my cutting with a hacksaw, but at least I had a welder. I went to the wreckers and got a front suspension unit out of a mustang 2. I also found a dodge 8 3/4 rear end. for the engine I bought a 327 chevy with a turbo 400 transmission. For the front part of the body I just fastened the hood to the fenders in one piece and made a tilt front end. The only thing was I couldn't use the rotating headlights. But to make along story short I finally got it on the road and drove it for a summer and then parked it in our drive shed and there it sat for 25 years. I finally got the bug to do a better job on it, so I cut it all apart and scrapped the frame and built a whole new one. I also assembled the body with a lot more precision and made it completely out of fiberglass. This new build has a lt1 350 with a 4l60e tranny, and for the rear end an old jaguar unit with 331 gears. I also got the stienmetz flare and skirt kit from the opel gt source. It is just at the stage to get ready for primer but I'll post some pictures of it as it is so far.
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    Holy Cow!



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    pictures

    I uploaded a variety of pictures, at least I hope I did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    I uploaded a variety of pictures, at least I hope I did.
    Very cool!
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    Wow
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    Double wow. Do those headlights rotate? They appear to be anchored to the tube frame and are independent of the body, so I assume they do. Triple wow. We are not worthy...
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    Heh! Izzat thing fiberglass?


    Well, actually....
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    Well done by the way.
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    Like many I'm in awe. What you have accomplished so far in stunning. Best of luck with completing it.
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    Very impressive! Can't wait to see the final car!
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    John, are you aware that you can/used to be able to get fiberglass bodies for racing purposes?


    f0_12_s.jpg tilt up.jpeg
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    Gordo, if only you could shrink that down to the go-kart size!
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    Extremely impressive work! Love the inboard rear brakes. Really, really nice job.
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    Triple WOW!!!!
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    Thanks

    Thanks for all the good comments guys. About around the time I started this latest rebuild, a buddy of mine new a guy who was going to give me one of those drag bodies but, for some reason it never happened. So I just continued on with what I had. I would have had to cut it apart somewhat anyways. But I would have taken it for sure. I'm kind of a do it your self type of guy I guess. I made those front air shocks myself too. I made the doors, the headlights, the intake and more. The only fiberglass parts I didn't make was the stienmetz flare kit. Sometimes you have to be practical. Through the years of fiddling around with fiberglass I have become quite good at it. The secret to working with it is mostly having a lot of patience and not rushing things. Kind of like prepping for paint. In the 25 years my opel was sitting I had a 1974 pontiac trans-am. It was rusting pretty bad like the opel was, so I made that car completely out of fiberglass too. I bought the hood, front and rear fenders and the trunk lid but made the rest of the body myself. I sold it to a friend of mine and he still has it. He would come by to pick me up to go to cruise nights in it, and I guess that's what inspired me to get working on my opel again. I'll post more pictures.
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    Very cool to be able to keep the stock hood and working rotating headlights on her. Even if you have to go to actuators. With that kind of power you need the front end kit to keep the nose on the ground. well done.
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    Awesome! so those rotating headlight assemblies are entirely fiberglass? How much do they weigh compared to stock steel one? and will you be offering any for sale?
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    Wait a minute, is that a Turbo down there?

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    Headlights

    Yeah, they are all fiberglass. I don't know if I will be making any to sell at this time. They are lighter than the steel ones, and they wont rust.
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    I am in awe.

    Is this really Chip Foose that has crashed our website?! Just amazing what some people can do. You are talented to the extreme. Keep the pictures coming! Can't wait to see what you've done to the inside also. Great job! Just to think, I wanted to learn how to fiberglass some speaker pods.
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    More pictures

    I'll post more pictures of the interior. It's not finished inside or anything but that's the easy part. I made the main dash panel out of fiberglass because I didn't have the heart to cut up the original one because it is in fairly decent shape. I had to cut the corners of the dash just to the outside of the vents for my tubing to go out through the firewall and still be able to remove the rest of the dashboard. I had to raise the drive tunnel and widen it to get the engine and tranny back to where it is. I had to modify the fuse panel and wiring box because I have willwood dual master cylinders mounted beside the steering column. I have the pcm mounted behind a steel panel up front on the passenger side. I modified the wiring harness to make it long enough to put it there. Figuring out the wiring wasn't to bad as there is lots of help from the internet, but it is still a bit complicated. I bought the tuning program from tuner cat and I can program the pcm with my laptop. I modified the opel wiring harness so that just the lights and regular opel stuff are passed through the amp meter, because if I had the engine control system going through it it would have burned up. I want one of those volt meter combo gauges from Ogts.
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