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 Post subject: Re: Plastic Body Panels
PostPosted: September 19, 2017, 5:12 am 
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Yeah no problem, will do for sure. As per usual in this project I ordered twice as much as needed, because inevitably i'll f^&k up the first run!


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 Post subject: Re: Plastic Body Panels
PostPosted: September 20, 2017, 7:59 pm 
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Here is the stuff, sorry for the ugliness of this post, just in a rush, Works great! Purists may not like it but for the money and ease of use i'm happy with it. It will have more rivets than clekos shown in the pictures. I have some left over if anyone wants a little sample pm me and i'll pop some in the mail, like a 3x3" piece or something.

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 Post subject: Re: Plastic Body Panels
PostPosted: September 21, 2017, 12:02 pm 
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Interesting. It will be very interesting to see it when it's all done and fastened, and how it responds to the fastening process. I wonder if it would respond to a heat gun, that is shrink, when it's all done. You could potentially use such a process to tighten up the sheet in certain areas if you needed to do so. It actually looks pretty decent right now.

Thanks for the photos.

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Damn! That front slip angle is way too large and the Ackerman is just a muddle.

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PostPosted: September 21, 2017, 12:35 pm 
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I might make a small frame this afternoon and attach the plastic to it with rivets and heat it up to see what happens....for science.


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PostPosted: September 22, 2017, 12:44 pm 
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aidandebradney wrote:
I might make a small frame this afternoon and attach the plastic to it with rivets and heat it up to see what happens....for science.

There you go . . . for science :thmbsup:

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Damn! That front slip angle is way too large and the Ackerman is just a muddle.

Build Log: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=5886


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PostPosted: September 25, 2017, 8:02 am 
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I didn't get chance to build the test frame, but I did notice that with the cold snap we just had (36 degrees) the plastic did seem very rigid and nice and tight, not brittle or stretched, just right. This next week I will be removing everything off the chassis so I can flip it, so it will be interesting to see if the tub stays in form while its off the chassis.


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PostPosted: September 26, 2017, 9:20 am 
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The tub pretty much held its shape once removed from the chassis:

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