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    Bee-

    I have been following along with your build for quite a while now, and I have really enjoyed following your progress. I know I have said before how much I admire your craftsmanship, your creativity, and your ability to stick with it despite several serious challenges. However, I need to say it again! I remain amazed at what you have done by tearing apart a GTM kit, adding bits and pieces of other cars, plus a great deal of creativity and problem solving, to make an amazing car! She's a Frankencar (and I mean that in a very good way!), but a stunning Frankencar, and I can't wait to see what she will look like when you are done with your magic!!

    Thanks again for allowing us to follow along on your awesome build. Mad skills brother, mad skills!!

    All the best!

    Regards,

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by WIS89 View Post
    Bee-

    I have been following along with your build for quite a while now, and I have really enjoyed following your progress. I know I have said before how much I admire your craftsmanship, your creativity, and your ability to stick with it despite several serious challenges. However, I need to say it again! I remain amazed at what you have done by tearing apart a GTM kit, adding bits and pieces of other cars, plus a great deal of creativity and problem solving, to make an amazing car! She's a Frankencar (and I mean that in a very good way!), but a stunning Frankencar, and I can't wait to see what she will look like when you are done with your magic!!

    Thanks again for allowing us to follow along on your awesome build. Mad skills brother, mad skills!!

    All the best!

    Regards,

    Steve
    +1. I check this thread daily for every bit of the glorious automotive engineering porn. Bee your build is a real treat to follow!

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    Thanks, guys. One of my favorite things on this forum is watching the other builds come along as well.
    Thanks for all the input on the other thread about mounting hinges to the fiberglass.
    As much as I like the idea of aluminum or composite, I think steel is the best option in my hands. I cut some rectangles out of 1/16" sheet, they are actually lightweight as small as they are. Welded in some studs to match the hinge mount. Will drill some holes to help the bonding agent bite then etch prime them. Then localize them with clecos as suggested, then bond and fiberglass them on.









    Front and back sides of the plates

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    MK3.1 2004 Mach 1 donor.
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    Carbon fiber prop rod, full trunk/suspension/maintenance access! Yea! I don't know if I mentioned it, but I almost chickened out and went with 4 hood pins and no hinge, very glad I took the time to do it right.





    Not the best video, propped the phone on the welder, but you get the idea...

    MK3.1 2004 Mach 1 donor.
    GTM #304 LPE 525hp LS3

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    Isn't it about time for an update??
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    SL-C, LS3 525, Mendeola SDR5,

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    Ok, hopefully it's not a boring update, but here goes!
    Figured I'd goof around with the gauge cluster a little, Plan B is Tino's LCD cluster, but my narrow Honda cluster would force me to use a small LCD if I go that route.
    Honda dashboard/gauge housing, Corvette C5 gauges. Lot less real estate in the Honda housing.
    Pulled the Honda gauge bezel, popped it on the scanner, then imported into the CAD program. All I needed was the outline to 3D print a new bezel that would fit right into the Honda housing, so just traced the outline. (I upload pics at a low resolution to make viewing easier, the pics don't show it but it is a perfect copy)







    Measured the 5 gauges I would be incorporating (no Speedometer, going with a GPS base speedometer outside of the gauge cluster) and decided how to lay it out. To fit a shift light and make things symmetric, I am rotating the tachometer to a flat position compared to the canted C5 position. I'm either going to create a new tach gauge face or leave the RPM numbers canted, it won't bother me. Already have EL gauge faces that don't have Corvette logos on them.



    Added the shift light slot plus indicator light locations. Had to divide in half for printing, on the printer now. Will do a carbon fiber overlay on the ABS shroud.



    Last edited by beeman; 02-11-2019 at 02:15 PM.
    MK3.1 2004 Mach 1 donor.
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    Very cool. Looking forward to seeing the gauges in it.
    FFR 7123 tilt front, Levy 5link/wilwoods/LCA's, webers.
    SL-C, LS3 525, Mendeola SDR5,

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    That is pretty cool. What 3D printer do you have?

    P.S. Who is Tito?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Procision-Auto View Post
    That is pretty cool. What 3D printer do you have?

    P.S. Who is Tito?
    An American Icon! Or at least an American Icon's brother... Sorry I must have been in a hurry.



    My printer is an older one, made by XYZ, I think it is about 4-5 years old, paid around $500 back then. Print bed is 8"x8", it has been very reliable.
    MK3.1 2004 Mach 1 donor.
    GTM #304 LPE 525hp LS3

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