So i figured I would start a build log to keep people up to date as well as to track my progress and keep my drive alive.
I spent the last 4 years living in Arizona. While there I bought a 2007 R1 motor for dirt with the hopes to make some type of vehicle with it. Since then i have designed and researched ideas from a 1000cc quad, to a sand rail, to a trike, and finally to a street legal mid engine car. Well in May a took a temporary job in Michigan (homestate). Well they asked me to stay, only problem being half my stuff was in AZ. Well i had it all shipped back minus the motor. So since then it has sat in my buddies garage. Once i finalized my idea he packaged it on a crate and i arranged shipping to pick it up. $250 later its on a truck to me now. Engine, wiring harness, ignition, exhaust, and all... its a complete motor with less then 2k on the clock.
Over the past two months that i have been designing, I have also been working on a set of custom seats just to give it more of a personal touch. I have worked many times with fiberglass and all, but this is my first big part, and first time using carbon fiber on a large part
. I know its not as great as prepreg and using an autoclave, but none the less its going to be strong as hell, and a lot lighter then most other seats. The biggest thing to me is, in the end i can say i made it from scratch. So while waiting for my engine this is what i have been up to. Cant wait to lay in the Carbon and pop a seat.
Picture 1 - bought a 4x8 foam board, glued parts together, and went to work carving and sanding my way to a seat that resembled that of a Ricaro or Sparco.
Picture 2,3 – painted the seat with a latex based paint. This was supposed to be so that the resin would not eat through to the foam. If it did, it would be a sticky mess… it was
Picture 4, – Layed up fleece for the first layer. Fleece will hold its shape over a hard surface and it bonds well with the Polyester resin because its polyester based. And the best part is it wont irritate your skin when you sand it.
Picture 5 – time to lay on the resin. Some resin ended up getting through the paint and eating away at the foam. It about doubled my work time. Next time I will use epoxy resin for the first few coats because although its more expensive, it wont eat the foam like polyester resin.
2007 R1 Powered Mid Engine Street & Track Car
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