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How to Fabricate Automotive Fiberglass & Carbon Fiber Parts

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The photos in this edition are black and white.

Fiberglass and composite parts are commonly used in many collector cars, hot rods, Corvettes, and even late-model vehicles. Body panels, interior components, and engine parts are fabricated from fiberglass and composite materials (plastic molded or carbon fiber). While other fiberglass and composite material books have been published, few are focused on fabricating and repairing automotive parts, and 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 of these mats and ideal uses 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 patterns to exacting standards from wood, Formica, aluminum, and other materials is essential and 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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The photos in this edition are black and white.

Fiberglass and composite parts are commonly used in many collector cars, hot rods, Corvettes, and even late-model vehicles. Body panels, interior components, and engine parts are fabricated from fiberglass and composite materials (plastic molded or carbon fiber). While other fiberglass and composite material books have been published, few are focused on fabricating and repairing automotive parts, and 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 of these mats and ideal uses 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 patterns to exacting standards from wood, Formica, aluminum, and other materials is essential and 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.

Pages : 160
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 409 b/w
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613253663
Product Code : SA236P

Acknowledgments 
About the Authors 
Introduction 

Chapter 1: Fiberglass Overview 
What is Fiberglass? 
What is a Composite? 
Choosing Your First Fiberglass Project
Restoring Classic Fiberglass Cars 
Dune Buggies and Custom Fiberglass Cars 
Replicas and Kit Cars 
A Word about Boats and Planes 
How Does Fiberglass Work? 
Fiberglass Safety 

Chapter 2: Safety Gear, Relevant Tools and Workshop 
Safety Gear 
Fire Safety 
First-Aid Kit 
Personal Safety 
Fiberglassing Supplies 
Tools 
Hand Tools 
Electric Power Tools 
Using Air Tools 
Creating a Good Fiberglassing Workshop 

Chapter 3: Fiberglass Cloth, Mats, Resins and Composite Materials 
Types of Fiberglass 
Fiberglass Resins and Catalysts 
Polyester Resins 
Epoxy Resins 
Casting Resins 
Project: Basic Fiberglass Layup 
Fiberglass Fillers, Pigments and Gel Coat 
Composite Materials 
Using Pre-Preg Carbon Fiber 

Chapter 4: Basic and Advanced Repairs 
Reinforcing Your Repairs 
Cold Layup Composites 
Fiberglass and Composite Repair Projects 
Project: Making Simple Repairs to Gel Coat 
Project: Making Simple Crack Repairs to Fiberglass 
Project: Repair a Crack in a Corvette’s Bodywork 
Advanced Project: Fixing Holes in Fiberglass 
Advanced Project: Making Fiberglass Seam Repairs 
Making Repairs with HyperFiber
Project: Reinforce and Repair with HyperFiber

Chapter 5: Pattern and Mold Making
Patterns
Bucks
Molds
Captive Forms
Creating Fiberglass Molds
Project: Create a Buck/Mold and Make Several Cobra Cockpit Wedges
Project: Fabricate a Ford Model T Roadster Dashboard

Chapter 6: Professional Composite Operations 
Beginning with an Idea 
Creating the Buck 
Making the Mold 
Creating the Final Part 
Patterning the Carbon Fiber 
Matching the Carbon Fiber Weave 
Adding the Supporting Core 
Finishing the Layup 
Baking the Carbon Fiber 
Carbon Fiber Structural Parts & High-Stress Applications 
The Fabrication Process 
Testing the Parts 
Safety and Stress 

Chapter 7: Plastics and Composite Vehicle Repair 
Vintage Plastic Cars 
Modern Plastic Cars 
Identifying Plastic Body Parts 
Repairing Plastic Parts with Fiberglass 
Project: Repair a Plastic Spoiler using Fiberglass 
Repairing Plastic Parts with Welding 
Types of Plastic Welding Rods 
Practice: Basic Plastic Welding Technique 
Plastic Tack Welding 
Practice: One-Sided Plastic Welds 
Practice: Two-Sided Welds 
Plastic Welder Maintenance 
Repairing Plastic Mounting Tabs 
Repairing Plastic Parts with Glue 
Project: Repair an Automotive Bumper 
Working with Sheet Plastic 
Project: Make a Set of Rally Mud Flaps out of HDPE 
Plastic Aerodynamic Devices 

Chapter 8: Prepping and Painting Fiberglass and Composite Materials 
Equipment 
Airbrush 
Prep Work 
Gel Coat 
Paint 
Painting Carbon Fiber 

Glossary
Source Guide 

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