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    For the WRX guys out here, do you want the smallest and lightest EJ in the world? For quite cheap?





    I never said it would put out power (at all) or last long.
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    My car has a name

    Now that I'm getting closer to drive this thing on the roads, I decided to re(10)-watch "Gone In Sixty Seconds (2000)" in case I could find a name for my car. Friends at work told me I should name it, after all that work, impossible issues that happened and that I'm getting through. They're right.

    I named her VIRGINIA. Like the not-seen Porsche 959 in the movie. The 959 has always been my kid's dream car, the opponent of the F40. Since I'm no kid anymore, it will then always remain.

    Virginia is not taken from the US State, although it's a nice one I've been to and where most of The X-Files series are happening (fan of that too).

    Let's call it "Virgie" or "Sexy Virgie", for the intimates.


    I could not name it "Eleanor", as this strictly only applies to '67 Shelby GT500 metallic grey with black stripes. And nothing, absolutely nothing else.
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    Love the mini engine!

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    I named my car as well, "bet" after my late aunt Betty. She was loud and annoying, but we wouldn't have her any other way so it seemed fitting.

    I believe the x-files was filmed in the Vancouver area, but set in the US. A lot of shows are filmed in BC.
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    I have actually named my car Fritz.... for having to take the motor out of it for now the 4th time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canadian818 View Post
    She was loud and annoying
    HAHAHAHA!!


    Quote Originally Posted by Canadian818 View Post
    I believe the x-files was filmed in the Vancouver area, but set in the US. A lot of shows are filmed in BC.
    You're right, what I meant is where they claim to be (often eastern states and most often Virginia). The true filming in real life was a lot in Canada if I recall too.


    Quote Originally Posted by iblackwe View Post
    I have actually named my car Fritz.... for having to take the motor out of it for now the 4th time.
    loll
    But 4 times that sucks!


    I didn't know so many people named their car, I'm happy to know how you all named it.

    If anyone else named his car, please let us know.
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    Looking good

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    When I make a mistake with the wrap, like cutting too small a piece and after 2h of wrapping I realize it's too small, or heating up the film in order to stretch it in areas where I have no other choice (unless I inlay) and the film breaks, then to fix it I simply get creative and play with colors and angles! Instead of having the section all blue or all black I then create a style using bi-colors. Kinda lucky so far it didn't turn out bad. If I had a 3rd color (like yellow!) I could do even better, but I think it's quite awesome as it is and no one will ever see those defects, unless the person has an incredible eye or stares at a section for longer than 5-10sec, which will probably never happen cuz the entire car will attract attention and people will try to see every cm square at the same time. Lucky to have an 818 for that! lolll
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    Quote Originally Posted by BN View Post
    Looking good
    Hey Ben! Tnx esti! loll
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    Loving that color combo.

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    I'm definitely liking the color scheme too, which blue wrap is that?

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    Smurf Blue (Riviera Porsche GT3) from Vvivid. https://vvividshop.com/collections/a...rsche-gt3-blue

    More pix tomorrow, one from a complete side sail! Not without issues lolll, but my creativity got me out of it after sweating a lot. loll
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    I have a great wrap tip. Sometimes when you remove the inner paper by sliding between the film and body, you then start working on an area. And while you reposition the film it's possible the paper bends and stick on the film without you knowing. When you try to remove the twisted paper it tears off and leaves paper residue on the sticky film side, almost IMPOSSIBLE to remove with finger nails or stuff like that.

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    No worries, use any cloth filled up with water and rub on the paper.

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    Once the paper is just some rolled paper bits and it's still wet, us a dry cloth to remove the rest. Let it dry and re-apply, good as new!

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    This looks like a big hole!

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    But actually wrapping over it hides the hole completely. I spent way too much time gel coating the body for nothing.
    Thing is, this hole wasn't there, I already gel coated it, but after applying the wrap and repositioning it, it took it off. That's the thing with wrapping.
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    I've become a big fan of body filler (been using Evercoat Rage Gold) for filling pits like that. Quick apply and dry and sands easily - especially if you are covering it with something.

    Looking forward to seeing your side panel. Virginia is going to be eye-catching.
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    Looking great man! And I like how the interior and exterior share a colour scheme.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeb75 View Post
    I've become a big fan of body filler (been using Evercoat Rage Gold) for filling pits like that.
    I should have tried that instead of the gel coat, maybe it would have prevented those gel coat bits to come off when you reposition the wrap.
    Anyone thinking of wrapping, follow Mike's advice.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeb75 View Post
    Virginia is going to be eye-catching.
    I think it will be a magnet as big as one from a particle accelerator. Especially here people don't see rare cars often. One-offs, probably never in a life time.
    That blue and black makes it stand out SO much. On the pix the blue is too light, in person it's much deeper.


    Quote Originally Posted by Canadian818 View Post
    Looking great man! And I like how the interior and exterior share a colour scheme.
    Tnx yes that was the plan, follow some kind of color scheme. Then when I make mistakes (like on the sails I did again, and twice!) I gotta create a new scheme. loll
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    5 weeks of vacations should help me complete this car. Not true vacations but anyway, I gotta finish this. loll

    Side sail completely done. You can see the black discoloration on the top of the side scoop. I think I will re-do those. But later, like this autumn or winter.

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    The sail has its wrap challenges, as well as all other parts (except the rear deck lid which was quite easy). When you get to the mid-lower section of the front of the wheel (just rear of the side opening), you get not enough wrap and need to heat a bit to stretch a bit.
    But at the same time on the front of the side opening (the section where it starts to indent), you get way too much wrap or the 110"x34" piece of wrap (POW loll) gets twisted towards the bottom and ends up with big wrinkles. No way I could make it with my wrap expertise, so I cut the opening and needed to fill with black inserts. Needed to think of a color pattern here to get me out of trouble. At first the line was better and thiner, smoother, but then I realized I cut the blue wrap too high and needed to add a second layer over the lower thin black layer. To make it a medium layer. lolll Oh well, it's still quite covered by the side scoop so that's ok.

    The rear fender, scoop opening along with a thin blue layer on the bottom of the sail (bottom of door) took me almost 20h (that's not the whole side sail!! Just portions of it). Cuz I needed to think along the way. But the other sail should be faster now that I know what to do and how.

    Figured I should post some pix of the engine, I'm not sure I ever did! DMV is asking for some so I had to take a few without seeing any frame mods I did. loll Like cutting the top horizontal V bars and changing their angle...

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    What did you guys do to cover/hide the reels?
    Sure I could put some carpet over, but I don't know which removable bonding method to use, one that will stick on the carpet hard enough and one that will stick the carpet to the other carpet hard enough. But all removable.

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    Now it's time for some beers and relax, just like this:

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    Love the #1 of 1 on the side, But I thought with your experience with this one it would be #1 of at least 2...

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    Quote Originally Posted by flynntuna View Post
    Love the #1 of 1 on the side, But I thought with your experience with this one it would be #1 of at least 2...
    Should read "#1 and 2 of 2" lolll
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    Pretty killa.

    2017-07-19 15.13.58_1.jpg


    There will be 2 more pieces of blue and 2 more of black.

    After trying Avery's wrap again I can really say it's much easier to apply. I can apply/reposition/remove wrinkles with one hand using my thumb, but with Vvivid's I need always both hands/thumbs and sometimes more (which I don't have). I can definitely apply a piece of wrap faster with Avery. Too bad they don't have my colors.
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    Looking really good! How are you finding the cut tape?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canadian818 View Post
    How are you finding the cut tape?
    Question being "where do I get the cut tape" or "what are my impressions of the cut tape"?

    Who said I used cut tape here? lolll

    I partially did.

    The blue headlights/flashers where hand cut with a good ol' exacto but the black was all cut tape.


    Another advice for "w"rappers: you've got 5 friends in your life:

    - Knifeless tape
    - Knifeless tape
    - Knifeless tape
    - Heat gun
    - Manual exacto

    lolll

    I'd say 100meters of tape and you're good for some awesome color schemes and inlays.
    No color schemes, 50m should be enough.
    10m is a little short!
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    Looking great Frank. I really like the black-out upper bumper.

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    I don't think I can be a w'rapper', looks like too much skill is involved.

    It really is coming together, may have to do a 'black out' on the tail of mine when the time comes. I suspect I will try 'dipping' the car after getting a base coat applied.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hindsight View Post
    Looking great Frank. I really like the black-out upper bumper.
    Looks cooler now with the lower section. Friday (tom) I wrap the middle section and send in some pix of the final result.
    But I admit, the black on the upper section has some great taste. The wrap makes the curves stand out more (especially the small section between the lights) and since that black has a tint of reflection to it, it looks way cooler. Tnx to Retro for showing me the idea of the color pattern.

    Quote Originally Posted by fastzrex View Post
    I don't think I can be a w'rapper', looks like too much skill is involved.
    It's my 1st time on what I think is a quite difficult car. Needs patience, a bit of practice, but you get the hang of it quickly.
    You can easily do a lot of nice patterns with wrap, but I have no idea how long it lasts after getting hit with road rocks. Cuz one small defect and it's not fixable other than removing the entire wrap of that panel and re-doing it. Unlike dip, which you can fix easily.
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    Hum, didn't turn out as awesome as I was expecting. Or is it just the light's reflection....

    2017-07-21 12.07.30_1.jpg

    The addition of the blue on the most part + the blue insert in the middle bottom makes it look like a blue/black checker's flag, or like my garage floor. lolll

    I ran out of long stretch of black so I had to be creative again and inserted blue in the middle bottom.

    It seems to tame off the upper black a little bit, watcha think Jeff?
    I think the black on white shows off more.

    One thing's for sure, if anyone wants a black car, that Vvivid black is absolutely amazing! I would do the entire car in black (mike? lolll). There's a slight addition of reflective material to it and I think it gives it a special touch of its own.


    Not much left now. Left door, half of the left side sail and both front fenders. I give it 4 days.
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    2 panels left for wrapping. The front fenders.

    For those who thought the 3D printed Subaru H4 wasn't enough, how about mating it with an I4, to get more power?

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    Things have come a long way since I was a kid. In the 60's ans 70's all we had that would be similar was the invisible engine. I remember getting one for Christmas one year.

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    THat looks great! We had to do the rear in 2 pieces, is yours seamed in the middle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flynntuna View Post
    Things have come a long way since I was a kid. In the 60's ans 70's all we had that would be similar was the invisible engine. I remember getting one for Christmas one year.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_-S6toks-c
    I was real excited one Christmas to receive the same. I went on with my own funds to eventually get the visible transmission, and visible chassis. And then mated them together! Two much drag for it to move very far under its own power, though. It was the start of mechanical fascination.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flynntuna View Post
    Things have come a long way since I was a kid. In the 60's ans 70's all we had that would be similar was the invisible engine. I remember getting one for Christmas one year.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_-S6toks-c
    Did you blow it up since? loll
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    Quote Originally Posted by RetroRacing View Post
    THat looks great! We had to do the rear in 2 pieces, is yours seamed in the middle?
    Actually no, I didn't seam any of the rear when visualizing a horizontal line. I did the blue all in one piece. It wasn't that bad, I must say.

    Here's a better pic that gives better justice.

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    Front fenders (new nose ones) are probably the most difficult pieces. What can I do with so much wrap??

    This?

    2017-07-24 10.40.05_1.jpg


    Or that?

    2017-07-24 10.45.27_1.jpg


    In the end I ended up doing this seam (this is front of the other side's fenders relative to the 1st 2 pix)

    2017-07-25 12.55.51_1.jpg


    But, good news, the car is COMPLETE! I just need to re-install parts together, hope that nothing changed since the last test fit I did, and then I'm off for the whole inspection process.



    Overall for "building", 3077h.
    Wrapping took me 167h, including about 10h of body work I needed to do to prevent some imperfections.

    In the end the wrap has many imperfections, 90% of them are caused by gel coat sticking on the wrap when repositioning. That sucks but hey, I got an inspection to pass and they don't give a damn about the paint (wrap) job. I can still pay someone to get it re-wrapped perfectly one day, that doesn't affect how the car drives and I'm sure no one other than me will see those imperfections.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank818 View Post
    Did you blow it up since? loll
    It's in the same place that my comic books, baseball cards, and socks the dryer ate are.

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