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PostPosted: November 15, 2015, 2:21 pm 
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If you were to build a second car, is there anything that you would do differently that you think that other builders would benefit to learn about. Conversely, is there anything that worked particularly well that you would recommend to others? Please limit this thread to the exterior.

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PostPosted: November 16, 2015, 1:03 am 
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Having never done serious bodywork prior to the Locost, I learned a lot in this area. I'll throw a few things out and will elaborate further if anyone wants.

-don't go for flat/satin for your first paint job. It's REALLY hard to get right.
-don't use nitrile gloves with acetone. It eats through and gives a pretty painful chemical burn (cleaning gun out). No burn with bare hands.
-don't use plastic as masking. It causes the overspray to flake off it and gets into the new paint etc.
-custom fibreglass isn't so scary viewtopic.php?f=23&t=11633
-spend money on non-lint rags when cleaning for paint.
-Jack's "Steamroller" fenders work great.
-dzus fasteners are really finicky
-anneal anywhere you are curving aluminum. It makes life much easier.
-green masking tape. No white stuff, it sucks.
-buy waaaaaay more paint,mixing cups,filters etc than you think you need.
-yes, you need filling-primer. No matter what the paint instructions say.

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PostPosted: November 16, 2015, 6:13 pm 
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That's a great list. I would echo the comment on Jack's steamrollers and add:

Contrary to what the book shows, wood does not make a good metal brake. Square aluminum tubing works great and has nice sharp corners.

I would not try to make the hood out of .050 again. I used .040 for everything else and that was easily thick enough.

I would try to put a slight bow into the top of the windshield frame. Just half an inch or so. I wouldn't mind if the windshield was half an inch taller as well.

I would mount the spare tire about an inch lower.


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PostPosted: November 16, 2015, 9:02 pm 
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plastic masking is good if you buy the right stuff, it is marked "paint this side"

choose colors that you can buy a paint pen of at the hardware store, that way you can touch up chips easily 'cos its going to get chipped

think long and hard how you are going to attach your hood

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Just thought I'd "Bump" this one in hopes of getting some more ideas. There's already some good stuff here.

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ngpmike wrote:
Just thought I'd "Bump" this one in hopes of getting some more ideas

I know I don't qualify for the '2nd' build, but for the 3rd, or in my case the 4th build keep a chair near by - it helps you when you're trying to stand up or get up off the floor :cheers:

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Make paper templates for panels if you want things to fit really well. It gives you the ability to "tweak" fitment and openings before you ever cut aluminum.

Transferring the shape to aluminum sheet is easy with a light dusting of spray paint along the edge of the paper.

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PostPosted: May 1, 2018, 11:30 am 
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Well I do have to admire a man (along with his wifey?) who is able to have build parts in their living rooms.
TooBusy with aluminum panels, JD with pistons, and there are others here also :cheers:
Mine wifey says the bedroom is off limits though, only one thing on that work bench :roll:

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there's a lot of space under the bed you could use

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