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Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Waldorf, Maryland
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Re: Fiberglass Hood?
I really like fiberglass body parts because they are more forgiving as far as dents and it is a lot easier to repair then their steel counter parts. If you hit a fiberglass panel hard enough to break it, simply hold the pieces into shape, grind out a little of the damaged area, and bond the part back together from underneath. With steel, you either have to replace the part or hammer and dolly it close to shape and then use filler. You can only pound out a metal panel so many times before the metal become fatigued, however if done properly, the fiberglass panel should be just as strong after every repair.
I have a neat story about fiberglass body panels. I bought a set of used dually truck fenders for $50 (cost $350 for the set new) from a guy half way across the country. My problem was that they were too big to ship UPS and the trucking company wanted $150 to ship them. So, I told the guy to cut them in half and stuff them into a box small enough for UPS to ship. The guy thought I was nuts, but did it anyway. Once I got the fenders I simply bolted them to the truck, aligned them with duct tape from above, and bonded them back together front underneath. They have been on the truck ever since then with no problems. Try that with a steel fender!
87' Samurai/1.6L/dual 40mm Mikunis/header/2" exhaust/MSD 6AL/5.5" SPOA/1" shackle lift/CJ-5/Sami springs/31" High-Tecs/roll cage, bumpers & pumpkin caps in progress...