December 7, 2007
that the accessories for these cars are in needy supply. You
figure you have everything, but then you discover that most
of everything you had is either mickey mouse or just the wrong
part. So, I am constantly re-making parts for not only our
restoration projects, but for the poor souls who have 904's
and see these web updates to find out that their part doesn't
look like the parts we're re-making. Here is the front hood
being final fit before final paint. The picture on the right
shows the defroster control rod that we had to re-make for
two of our 904's.
the headlight backing cover. It goes in the inside of the
fender well and protects the back of the headlight bulb. These
have been replaced or altered because of the size of a different
light bulb. The main cause for destruction is that the wheel
kicks anything it can and damages this part. I had one good
original cover so I finally made a set of molds to re-make
red tooling gel applied to the mold, which was made from the
above cover. The photo on the right shows the negative and
positive mold, which has got black gel coat covering the surfaces.
is made with two layers of 3/4 oz. mat and one layer of the
light ounce German weave cloth. This part was originally plastic,
which is why they've all since disintegrated. With the two
piece mold, the part is smooth on both sides, retaining the
exact shape and surface as the original, but 20 times stronger.
I guess I could have had injection molds made, but then the
part would be plastic again and not as durable. Making the
two piece mold is not a simple project, but after paint, no
expert could tell the difference without a saw!
the layers are laminated to each side...
is squeezed in a vise, which will induce the perfect part.
Next project for 068 is to prime and paint the doors and hood
and I'll be working on the engine and transmission.
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