Michael's GT-R Build

Michael Hampson

Then, a longer project. I didn't know if I could get fog lamp lenses, so I planned ahead. Before I cut out the lens holes, I made a mold of the area with fiberglass, which created a reverse image. I don't know why I didn't just use the plugs I cut out to make the holes, but I do remember cutting up the plugs pretty bad as I cut them out. Anyway, I then made positive images from the negatives, cleaned and sanded them, including gel coating and finish sanding, then thermoformed a few lenses. I must say they turned out terrific. I can make more if anyone is interested. However, they are a pretty specific size, so you'd need to cut the holes using the lenses as templates to make them perfect. I used H's fog lamp buckets.

Reverse-image molds:
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Making a positive image mold from the negatives:

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Positive images getting cleaned up:
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Gel coated and ready for final sanding and hot plastic:
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Professional drape thermoforming setup:
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Finished product turned out perfect. How in the hell do you take a photo of something clear?!??
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Michael Hampson

Made the doodads that anchor the top of the door to the body. Don't know what those are called...

Anyway, didn't think I would be able to find the real thing. I realized later after looking at photos that I was supposed to put three mounting holes in it instead of just two. I'll probably leave as-is unless I decide later to fill and re-drill.

Anyway, I thought they turned out pretty good for a hack machinist.

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Michael Hampson

Hi guys!

Just thought I'd send out an update real quick. I have made the headliner and installed it, and am working on the a-pillar covers now. Should be done this week.

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Randy V

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Really nice workmanship!
I highly encourage you and anyone else with a roll cage to consider purchasing high density SFI spec foam padding for the areas you may come in contact with in the interior. We’ve lost at least one other member to head injury / years long coma / death due to contact with the cage in a violent crash.
We want to keep you good folks around!

Michael Hampson

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving holiday!

I finally finished the last piece of interior trim. These last two were lower trim pieces, driver and passenger side, between the door and the dash. I made basic forms with welding wire and aluminum tape, then made paper templates for the different aluminum pieces, bent and welded the aluminum, then covered it with 4-way stretch vinyl.

I am getting the car inspected on Dec 14th, and to the tuner on Dec 16th. I did successfully get a pretty dang good tune in the car. I am waiting for Saturday to test it out!

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Michael I dont know what its worth because these are kit cars. However vermont will register anything with wheels and motor super quick without an inspection. I just registered my 260z that has not been on the road for the last 30 years super easy. It took about 6 week, it could help you expedite getting titled if GA is taking too long.
A little late to the party here-
What plastic did you use to thermoform your driving/fog light lenses? Did you form under vacuum or just gravity? At what temp?