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944 build





I took on this 944 race car build.
it's getting a wide body full roll cage and a LS3 motor swap.
I wasn't going to post the build but after thinking about it and asking the car owner if they would mind I decided to.
sadly the car owner cut the QTR panels off the car with the thinking they need to be cut off to install the new wider QTR panels. it was a big costly mistake! I had to make new back half of the QTR's and put them back on the car. the reason was because with out them the wheels are open to the inside of the car.
this car is only going to be used on the track for racing and track days.

after making the new back half of the QTR's and getting them on the car I fit the fiberglass rear bumper. and needless to say it didn't fit at all I had to make new bumper mounts and extend the bumper ends to meet up to the body.

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to get the QTR's on like all FG panels it took some work.
once I got them to fit I ground down the back sides of the QTR's were the panel bond adhesive will be along with the area on the cars body were they will be bonded to.
after they were bonded on the car I laid up two layers of FG cloth over the seamed area to blend in the QTR's to the cars body and to hide the seam.
then skimmed over the FG cloth area with a tight coat of body filler.
next up is to deal with the area on the rockers where the customer cut away the place that the FG QTR's need to sit on. it's missing so I will need to make new pieces. then make the front parts of the wheel houses to replace what's missing there too.
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I got both QTR panels molded into the cars body.
todays fun will be making new front wheel houses to replace what was cut off.
I'm feeling I will make them out if some very thin sheets of aluminum? I need to save weight where ever I can.
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This is one of my future projects. Really appreciate the detail and description on the effort taken to achieve this fit.

Curious as to how you mounted the flares to the body. I've only seen pictures of a modified 'L' shaped bracket that was attached to the car first, then the flare was hung on the bracket.

How to you address the rear opening and getting a stable attachment?
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After thinking about this, maybe you used panel adhesive to attach the fender flares?
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the bottom part of the back lower of the wide body QTR's I welded a bent piece of sheet metal to the pinch weld. this gave me a flat area to bond the wide body QTR panel to.
at the top back edge of the wide body QTR's I cut a piece of 1/8" flat stock and welded that to the body right above the corner rear tail lamp. that gave me a bonding area for the wide body QTR's to sit on for support.
some people will attach the QTR's with quarter turn fasteners but this is no reason for this on the rear wide body panels they do not need to be takin off for any reason at any time.
so I used SEM panel bond adhesive made for metals fiberglass and SMC plastic.
another mistake many people make is they will bond and rivet or screw the wide body panels on but you will end up seeing the fasteners a few years later. there is no reason to use anything other then a bonding adhesive.

like most all FG panels the wide bodies FG quality is a but much to be desired. they fit like dog poop!
you will see many wide body kit installed with the QTR's up to high and the body lines not lining up with the body lines on the car.
this is were taking time to cut and fit the wide body comes into play.
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for the front parts of the outer wheel houses I use very thin sheets of aluminum. this is to save weight. the wheel houses now will not offer any structor as we will be doing a full roll cage in the car. so saving as much weight in every way we can will be a plus. this will get a coat of flat back paint once the car is painted.
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Thanks for the insight - looking forward to more updates as you progress!
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got more work done on the 944 builder the last few days.sadly I haven't had much time to do more work on the 944 because I'm trying to get the Bugeye sprite job finished upon order to get the next Bugeye into the shop.

not surprisingly the fiberglass hood and nose fits like total dog poop. because I'm installing a LS3 engine into the car I will need lots more room for the bigger radiator so the old radiator support and air baffles have to go along with the cross member between the front of the frame rails.

the customer wants none flip up head lights so I will have to design and build them because the kits use the old head light mounting points that this car will no longer have.

I still have about 10 more 1/4 turn speed fasteners to install to hold the nose on once they are all installed I will need to then fix the gaps. the fun will be matching the lower parts of the fenders to match the flat rocker panels. the fenders roll and the rockers are flat.
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Is that the one piece front clip by GT Racing?
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yes the wide body kit is from GT racing. like all there stuff the fitment sucks and the quality of the parts sure are not the best. I look at parts like this one way it's saving me the time and cost of making a the molds and then the parts. but on the flip side I sometimes think with all the work low quality parts like these are that it might not really be saving me anything by trying to get them to fit and look good.
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the one in primer is the one I'm doing now. the customer has a few last minute changes one is he wants me to do stripes on the car now. that's not that big of a deal because the car isn't painted. the other that is now a total PITA is he wants a tilt forward nose on the car.
the white one and the green one are the last two I did. sorry the photo quality is pretty bad. was taken with a camera from the camera it had to be down loaded to my PC from the PC I had to transfer the pics to my Mac from my Mac I had to then load them here.
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it seams the white cars photos don't want to go thru.
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took a few tries but got them to load.
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in the photos the Bugeye I'm work on now looks green but it's really gray
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this jeep is the color that the Bugeye is going to be and the graphics I will be doing on the car.
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Looking good - love the stripes

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