Corolla Update – Carbon Fiber, and Poly Wednesday 22 February, 2012

What do you do with a beat up, old carbon fiber hood?  Recycle it!  It’s fairly easy to gather the tools needed.  All you need is some cardboard to make a template, knife, something to cut the carbon (I used a high speed air cutting tool), a measuring tape, and a brain. Start by creating […]

Old Hood

What do you do with a beat up, old carbon fiber hood?  Recycle it!  It’s fairly easy to gather the tools needed.  All you need is some cardboard to make a template, knife, something to cut the carbon (I used a high speed air cutting tool), a measuring tape, and a brain.

Start by creating a template out of cardboard, get it perfect, sometimes this involves adding material back onto the template.

Template

Then place the template on the piece of carbon.  While it looks like this is just slapped in the middle, I placed it so it would use the ridges in the existing hood.  S13 hoods work pretty well as they are mostly flat.

Template on Hood

Cut it out! be careful not to harm the “good” side of the carbon, aka the inside of the template.

Old hood

Successfully ruined!

Panel

Here is the cut and sanded panel.  The next step is to add your attachment method.  I chose to use Dzus fasteners.

Installed Panel

Here is the final product.  I wanted a divider separating the driving compartment and trunk since there will be no back seat.  Hopefully this will cut down on noise, and I think it has a cool look!

on the lift!

Dropped the rear end out of the car as well.  In place of the stock rear end will go a GTS rear end, complete with disk brakes, LSD, and 4.77 ring.  This should wake the engine up a bit, and make the car better on the track.

old rear end

Out with the old! In with the new.  Ditch the drum brakes.

Poly

Lots of poly for the car!  Thanks to the press, the old bushings are coming out fairly quickly.

Thats all for now!  Hopefully more to come soon.

 


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