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How to Fabricate Automotive Fiberglass & Carbon Fiber Parts

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by D. Burrill and Jeffery Zurschmeide

Fiberglass and composite parts are commonly used in many collector cars, hot rods and late–model vehicles. Body panels, interior components and engine parts are fabricated from fiberglass and composite materials (plastic molded or carbon fiber). While many other fiberglass and composite material books have been published, few are focused on fabricating and repairing automotive parts. This book concentrates on completing common and advanced projects at home in the garage.

The reader is shown how to use glass strand mat, woven fiberglass cloth, carbon fiber cloth and hybrid fabrics for particular applications. The strength and uses of these materials are covered in detail. Also shown is how to correctly mix the typical resins (polyester, epoxy), hardeners, and gels. Core materials, such as wood, foam and honeycomb Nomex are often used to add strength to various parts. All the relevant tools, including mixing containers, holding containers, saws, scissors, files, and shaping tools are discussed. Constructing wood patterns to exacting standards from wood, Formica, aluminum and other materials are covered in detail.

Whether repairing existing components, fabricating new ones, building a race car or restoring a classic, this is the one book to guide the reader through each critical stage.

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