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    okay, what did I do today?
    I had a great Muscle Milk shake ( as a meal replacement), great source of Fiber and protein.
    We all know, chopping weight, via fiberglass, plastic, and carbon fiber components.
    To take weight reduction at the next level,the engineers of Porsche team in Bundesrepublik Deutschland are working on Carbon Fiber chassis on the Porsche race cars and street cars.
    but did anyone ever say, " let me reduce the weight off my fat asss?"
    I am honest to admit that I cannot depend on weight reduction of vehicle, but I have about 50 extra pounds on my belly and ass, so meal replacement can sure help, post workouts.

    okay, I got my supplies from UPS today. However I am so tired, I will tackle on this project on a nice warm day. prefer temps 60 or higher.
    here are some pics.

    My first hand experience is, wear gloves and a respirator when working with CF or fiberglass, b/c it easily break apart into thin strands which can ruin your lungs if inhaled and itch your skin.

    My Photos Photo Gallery - Photo 189 of 191 by NY - MySpace Photos
    Silmar 249
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    surface wax
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    *reminds me of when I was painting Jimmy Hendrix acrylic painting*
    patience and details, got it done, NO rushing to get it done...
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    Default Carbon Fiber door panels

    I prepped the surface, the tint coat was good. Although 4 oz of resin wasted.
    Okay the carbon graphite was pulled, stretched to make sure it fits right.
    I must say, first time is just a learning skill.
    Now it is drying.
    the weather is a bit windy now, and the door panel is underneath the Vette to dry. after it is dry, apply more coat of resin, and dry and then artistically trim excess off.
    My Photos Photo Gallery - Photo 196 of 198 by NY - MySpace Photos
    This will not be the best, but I guess that is why we call learning skill.
    I will get it down to the science.
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    I am sooo exhausted between work, this and all else, I am gonna take a naaaaaaaap.
    * some more pics ***
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    fender hash CF (vinyl)
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    Quote Originally Posted by GO_VETTE View Post
    YES! I agree the chrome door speaker grill would defintely look awesome.
    The top half of the panel in black CF.
    the bottopm half w/ red carpet (GM factory red) and the speaker cover in chrome.

    who did your window and door switches chrome? how much did they charge?
    Now that leaves us w/ the door sill.
    The door sill red w/ black weave? let me imagine it or if not pencil it in, color it and see how it looks.
    what is your opinion on console cover? just plain red?

    have you seen in Mid Americas catalogue the finish line collection upholstery?
    I do like it. Do you think that by having a finish line collection console cover would be off the line. (mismatched from all else)?
    The panels look GREAT so far!!! VERY inspiring!

    As for my chrome window switches and door lockrod covers.....I just delved into the GM parts bin. Even pepboys sells the them...plastic chrome. I need to upload some pics but I also found brushed aluminium radio knobs I also used as a matching headlight switch . They have a nice checkered edge (that matches my Beretta Billenium which also used Carbon Fiber ) that fit the stock radio as well as my Audiovox and are available at radio shack of all places!


    I can go either way on the console cover. Mine has the padded silver leather I added to go with the medium gray interior. Normally I'm not a big fan of matching console color to the seats since it then looks like more like a "bench seat". Black carbon fiber would be nice
    I have seen the MidAmerica finish line series and think you could do better.
    Any interior shop will make you custom covers. And they can do it in REAL Carbon fiber if you so choose! I've been considering this myself, if I stop spending on other stuff
    Imagine some higher grade red leather bolsters with carbon fiber inserts?

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    Yes, I agree the console cover to be different.(CF)
    The door panel speaker to be covered by very light chromey grill cover.
    The seats, I know, but to pay people to do CF work, they charge as if a commssioned artist. I was told that CF door panels would cost me $3,000.00----this made me soooo mad, I took on the challenge.
    Remember I am an artist. I paint fine fence lines in my paintings.

    The seats, I like how they done in my Mercedes S430. However I would prefer the s550 type, w/ red colored stitches on black. SHARP looking.

    Right now I am sooooo tired. between gym, building muscles, reducing fat around belly area,
    working. Trying to catch up with my paintings and art work. Trying to finish my fuel tank, lines, NOS, gauges and cleaning wheel housing, resanding and repainting and applying some POR 15 on front of chassis.

    I am gonna take a break for a short period.

    in meanwhile, I am gonna focus on ordering my custom GREEN NOS pressure digital gauge. and other petty items.

    I am removing the passenger dash pad (NON Functional passenger safety restraint). Looks retarded.
    I am placing 3 gauges on a panel.
    Transmission temperature gauge (green digital)*Cyberdyne*
    Air Fuel ratio gauge (red/green)* Cyberdyne
    Nitrous oxide pressure gauge (custom made green lens and Nitrous label removed by Dakota Digital)*no one will know that car is NOS armed
    hopefully in 2 weeks, I will have NOS in place, Accel nitrous controller w/ keypad mounted *somewhere professional looking and hidden.
    thanks for your input, and everyone elses
    I am gonna return back to bed.

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    okay, so today I examined the door panel to see if resin dry.
    well, I trimmed off on edges with a sharp blade.
    I also have to rebuild the door panel inserts.
    I know the insert has some cracks which require some putty.
    I also need new bulbs.
    and probably the insert may need to be sanded and repainted.
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    The door handle will be factory GM red.
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    The stock door panel carpet will be mounted, and a chrome speaker cover will be mounted over door speakers.

    In addition, I am also adding a link to the dash trim in CF and also the new gauages.
    1-N2Ox10, 2- air/fuel ratio bar graph 3-trans temperature
    They will be green numbers with a black back.
    except for air fuel is in red, yellow and semi green.
    I found a Pioneer GM direct fit replacement AM/FM Cd player radio DEH-P47DH
    here is a sketch:
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    Default prepare panel #2 for CF

    okay, today passenger side door panel is being prepared.
    Tomorrow hopefully Carbon Fiber will be applied.
    The slow down in progress is due to ordering carpet sets which include door panel pcs.
    I have no space to store anymore boxes in my room.
    I hope I can have images of completed panels, complete interior in place and load images ASAP.
    thanks for visiting CAC forums

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    First off I gotta say your work is inspiring! It makes me want to do something to my car!

    Does the carbon Fiber pannel feel any lighter than the stock pannel?

    Is it hard to work with carbon fiber (compared to fiberglass)?

    Keep up the great work! Watching your work in progress is fun...I gotta say!

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    Default more work on Cf panels

    First of all thank you for your remarks DogFish, and everyone @ CAC and everyone.
    okay so today we are doing panel #2. I must say, working the finer details can be a pain in the a_ _.
    okay here are some pics.
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    ensuring lines are straight, sometimes very hard to get a perfect straight lines on objects that are not straight.
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    and trimming excess CF for overlays is another pain in the you know what.
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    it is a good idea to wear respirator and a Corvette Cap.
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    Default panel 2 * REDO

    DISAPPOINTMENT IN PANEL # 2.
    MESSED UP THE WEAVE PATTERN IN 2 AREAS.
    APPLIED TOO MUCH HARDENER, AND ALSO TOO MUCH SURFACE WAX.
    I guess I got too comfortable after seeing 1st panel results that I begna to think I am Machiavelli.
    THE DOOR ARM REST IS SO OUT OF SHAPE, DOES NOT SEAT PROPERLY.
    TRY AGAIN............................

    i am down.. and I also violated my diet, ate PIZZA!

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    You have an awesome photo album, man!

    Dont' let the little disappointments get in the way. You do incredible work!

    WHILE YOU ARE BUILDING THOSE DOOR PANELS, DON'T FORGET TO SAVE THE !
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    Thats OK, its all part of the learing process! Plus, if you want to get it perfect you might need to do stuff over again. As long as it isnt an expensive mistake, well, it is what you know not to do when you fix it.

    Think of it this way, when you go fishing, you cannot expect to catch the big one on the first cast, you cannot expect to not break a few off, and when you hook up to the big one you cannot expect to real it in without a fight!

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    Default Thank you.

    Thanks guys!
    I am gonna start w/ going to the gym.workout, go out, and resume theCorvette project hopefully within a week.
    Hopefully when I get some bills out of way, I will have extra money for nore parts. I am waiting on these parts so I can get the Nitrous outof box and in car.
    adding new precision computer bent fuel by Classic Tube,new fuel tank, gauges, dash completion w/ radio speakers and carpeting, interior.

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