May 28, 2004

The infamous PVC brake ducts. I say infamous because when the plastic was new, it was not very strong. If the car was just street driven, these ducts would be just fine, but give the car a beating on a race course (rocks, tire rubber, body panels) and they would crack or break apart.

The passenger side duct was re-glassed because of a crash. The driver's side was re-glassed just to hold it together.

It doesn't look like much now, but I will grind this mess into the original shape. I will re-make the original shape using fiberglass and white pigmented resin where the plastic needs replacing because of missing sections.

This is the driver's side after the fiberglass has been removed. It's all cracked up and missing only a few edges, but overall it's in pretty good shape.

Both ducts are glassed over.

After the glass is cured, I hand shape each duct.

When these ducts are final sanded, they are white just like the original PVC. After the ducts are finished, I block sand the existing duratech on the rest of the under nose.

The nose will get one coat of gray primer which will be block sanded.

Another coat of paint will be applied for final primer. Next week we will turn the car over and finish the top. The front fenders need to be re-installed and the car will be block sanded for its first urethane primer.

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