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    Default 1954 Corvair Fastback Project Pics

    Well, I'm not too shy to post pictures of my Fastback project. Here are some pics of the roofline.

    This concept and build was my vision and desire. I had started this venture with another person. (Checkout the old CF threads) Shortly after the molds were made, I cut ties with the other person for.......

    Bob Mangold, Back To The Future Products, had the same dream. He had made a deal to come to IN to make a mold from the foam/resin roofline. Bob and I worked at my shop for an entire month in Sept 2008, smoothing out the roofline lumps and prepping it for a mold. We made one mold for Bob and one mold for me. After Bob returned to WA state, I made a mold of the roofline for the other person and delivered it to his house with him. There were a total of three molds made at that time.

    WINDSHIELD
    I designed the windshield frame assembly that has been incorporated into the roof. It was basically a 1955 Chevy design. I had a windshield frame cut from a donor car, which was then narrowed and sectioned to fit the Corvette body.

    DASH ENDS
    The dash ends are basically 56-57, in order for the door and dash to meet together with no interferance. This is the same design as Bruce Igulden's 1954 GM Motorama Hardtop car. GM used the same concept for the doors and dash ends.

    DOORS
    I also designed the door configuration. The doors are part 53-55 and 56-60. The fronts of the doors had to match the dash ends and the door shell had to be 56-60 specific in order to fit the window assemblies.

    ROOFLINE
    This fine work was done by an old pattern maker in Plymouth, IN. It was made from builders foam and fiberglass resin/mat. He did a wonderful job from pictures and measurements. He should be acknowledged for his talents.
    If you notice, the roofline is the same geometry as the 1958 Impala Sport Coupe. Much of the trim is of the same contour.

    Here are a few pictures of the mold making process. Enjoy.

    This pic is after the smoothing out process. Lots of long boarding.


    This is a pic of the rear of the roofline mold in gelcoat, prior to the mat and cloth being applied.


    This is a pic of the front of the mold in gelcoat, prior to the mat and cloth being applied.


    Here is a pic of the trunk lid mold in orange gelcoat.




    More pictures to come as the build progresses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 53 Blue Flame View Post
    Well, I'm not too shy to post pictures of my Fastback project. Here are some pics of the roofline.

    This concpet and build was my vision and desire. I had started this venture with another person. (Checkout the old CF threads) Shortly after the molds were made, I cut ties with the other person for.......

    Bob Mangold, Back To The Future Products, had the same dream. He had made a deal to come to IN to make a mold from the foam/resin roofline. Bob and I worked at my shop for an entire month in Sept 2008, smoothing out the roofline lumps and prepping it for a mold. We made one mold for Bob and one mold for me. After Bob returned to WA state, I made a mold of the roofline for the other person and delivered it to his house with him. There were a total of three molds made at that time.

    WINDSHIELD
    I designed the windshield frame assembly that has been incorporated into the roof. It was basically a 1955 Chevy design. I had a windshield frame cut from a donor car, which was then narrowed and sectioned to fit the Corvette body.

    DASH ENDS
    The dash ends are basically 56-57, in order for the door and dash to meet together with no interfearance. This is the same design as Bruce Igulden's 1954 GM Motorama Hardtop car. GM used the same concept for the doors and dash ends.

    DOORS
    I also designed the door configuration. The doors are part 53-55 and 56-60. The fronts of the doors had to match the dash ends and the door shell had to be 56-60 specific in order to fit the window assemblies.

    ROOFLINE
    This fine work was done by an old pattern maker in Plymouth, IN. It was made from builders foam and fiberglass resin/mat. He did a wonderful job from pictures and measurements. He should be acknowledged for his talents.
    If you notice, the roofline is the same geometry as the 1958 Impala Sport Coupe. Much of the trim is of the same contour.

    Here are a few pictures of the mold making process. Enjoy.

    This pic is after the smoothing out process. Lots of long boarding.


    This is a pic of the rear of the roofline mold in gelcoat, prior to the mat and cloth being applied.


    This is a pic of the front of the mold in gelcoat, prior to the mat and cloth being applied.


    Here is a pic of the trunk lid mold in orange gelcoat.




    More pictures to come as the build progresses.

    Cool pictures! The red part is the rear part of the frame???

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    Which pic are you looking at, Jim?

    Thanks

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    The bottom picture.

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    The orange gel coated trunk lid is sitting on a saw horse with foam rubber. That may be what you are seeing.

    The rear of the car is a maroon color. Is that what you're seeing?

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    So who has has the molds now? And are there more than one that there will be a "MINE IS BETTER THAN YOURS" argument in the near future. Damn we all get so bored with the NCRS that we need fodder for the fight.

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    I made three molds. There are at least four now. I don't need to compete with anyone.

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    Yes, yes, yes!! You Sir, do some of the most amazing work! My favorite Concept Corvette of all times. That is how General should have done it when they had the chance.

    I really need to start saving my pennies...

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    Thanks, Jay. Being very fond of automotive history, I'm excited to do this build. I'm actually going to do mine and one for a customer, in tandem. I'm in no hurry. I want them to be as perfect as possible.

    One day, I hope to be able to find a GS for the price that you did. THAT...will be one great driving car when you're done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 53 Blue Flame View Post
    Thanks, Jay. Being very fond of automotive history, I'm excited to do this build. I'm actually going to do mine and one for a customer, in tandem. I'm in no hurry. I want them to be as perfect as possible.

    One day, I hope to be able to find a GS for the price that you did. THAT...will be one great driving car when you're done.
    So, who are you going to build the third one then? Keep us mortals posted, even if it takes awhile.

    I helped a friend put together a 58 for the legendary Carrera Panamericana. I took only 5 weeks to do a complete body off/race car conversion/ Jim meyer suspension on it. I was amazed that it made it and it made it through the race too! That's what I want to do with the GS once I get it done.

    Here's link to my friend site: http://www.leningradcowboysracing.com/index.html

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    That's pretty cool. A race car can be a lot of fun. I hope to do Historics and Track Days once my C4 Morrison #99 is back together.

    I have no plans to build a third Fastback (I hate the word Corvair for some reason?) at this point. After my completely stock Fastback is done, I may build a street rod for myself. SRII frame, C5 drivetrain, etc.. I suppose I would build another for a customer if someone wanted me to.

    I'd steer them toward Bob Mangold first. He will make a good car, if someone wants one.

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    The third one may be for me. I will help you make the fastbacks (3) just in case I decide to do one for myself. I would want it all original as it can be made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Terry View Post
    The third one may be for me. I will help you make the fastbacks (3) just in case I decide to do one for myself. I would want it all original as it can be made.

    I'll take your help. At least you know to mix hardener with the resin before brushing it on the matt.

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    Oh is that how you do it?

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    Here's a couple of pics of the trunk mold.
    Outside of trunk mold.

    Inside of trunk mold surface. This will be the outside surface of the trunk panel once produced.

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