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#1 Tinman

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Posted 01 February 2015 - 08:18 PM

This week I will be gluing (PRC Semkit Sealant) one of my headlight cover trim bits back on.

While I'm at it, I will be taking a mould impression of the headlight cover, with the aim of making a carbon copy of it .................. yes there was a pun there :)

 

I'll see what the end product is like and see if it is worthing making more.

 

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#2 Tinman

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Posted 01 February 2015 - 08:20 PM

More pics to come throughout the week
 

by the way ............... NEEDS MOAAARRRR CARBON!!!

 



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Posted 02 February 2015 - 12:12 AM

yesss please. would buy!!


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Posted 02 February 2015 - 07:49 AM

Has anyone ever tempted a headlight conversion to delete the flipping headlights on the st1xx series?

I've seen rx7's that look good and this bad attempt on a 185 below. Would be good to have a design that sticks out more like a bubble.

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#5 ausjd2703

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 08:45 AM

I like the idea of deleting the flip up motor etc and using a spring and some bonnet pins to make a manual system that's a lot lighter. Havnt really gotten around to it but

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 05:59 PM

Well the headlight cover is all waxed up and ready to use as a plug to make a urethane mould.

Tomorrow I will pour the mould.

Next week I should be able to order the consumables that I need to make the carbon headlight cover.

The week after I will be making my first one. :)



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Posted 05 February 2015 - 10:40 PM

farrrrk. cant wait!


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Posted 06 February 2015 - 04:11 PM

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ST185 Headlight Cover in Mould ..... 24 hours more and I can remove the original part, Any sooner and the mould will crack.



#9 silycr

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 11:16 PM

Where does one obtain this urethane?



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Posted 07 February 2015 - 12:23 AM

Erapol ... In Melbourne.
The particular grade here is CC90A Shore D

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 12:24 AM

what are you going to do about the mounting tabs?


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#12 Tinman

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 01:03 PM

Once the bottom is cast, I will cast the internal of headlight cover.
This will allow me to wet lay-up and vacuum bag the cover.
I will then place the internal mould in the vacuum formed carbon headlight cover form the attach brackets (epoxy to the headlight cover),
Pics along the way will be of more use than words.

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#13 Tinman

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 08:29 PM

Vacuum breach kits, and about a grand of consumables/tools/etc are now on order from ATL Composites and Nuplex .... 6kg of Urethane is on order from ERAPOL.  probably about two weeks until I start the first headlight cover.



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Posted 12 February 2015 - 07:18 PM

I just had a brilliant idea. (you probably already thought of this)

 

Make REAL carbon front grills to replace the fake "Carbon" grills!!!!


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Posted 12 February 2015 - 08:04 PM

:mellow:  Are you referring to the headlight and bonnet carbon look garnish?

 

Not a bad idea .... all depends on how the full headlight covers go of course.



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Posted 06 March 2015 - 09:30 AM

Well I ended up making another mould from firbreglass and vinyl ester resin.

 

The first right hand headlight cover is currently curing ... will be good to see how the end product turns out.

 

and some pics

 

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 12:05 AM

Update time ..... :)

 

I've finish the first LH and RH Carbon Headlight covers and have just vacuum infused a length of Carbon 90deg Angle to use for attaching the covers to said headlights.

 

Will be pulling the angle out of the mould tomorrow night. After which I will trim and epoxy it to the headlight covers / do a trial fix on the GT-Four.

 

Exciting Days up ahead.

 

heres some more pics

 

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BLING BLING BLING



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Posted 17 March 2015 - 01:03 AM

More pics!

 

Looking great


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Posted 17 March 2015 - 04:17 PM

MADDD

 

the read question is.....how much will it cost?!


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Posted 17 March 2015 - 10:49 PM

Haven't done a materials costing yet ... but should be somewhere between $50 - $60 per headlight cover (each headlight cover will fit right up to the existing headlight attach points.  Clear leading edge tape will be supplied to protect the interface between the carbon headlight covers and the Toyota headlight attach points). :)



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Posted 18 March 2015 - 08:03 AM

I'll be keen for them especially if you start doing the faux carbon trims. Price seem extremely reasonable

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Posted 18 March 2015 - 11:58 AM

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