Designing and Building my own Rebody Kit Car

Designing and Building my own Rebody Kit Car

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takemetothepub

Original Poster:

12 posts

192 months

Wednesday 29th May
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Hey everyone,

Just wanted to pop my head in and show you what I've been up to recently with making my own car design come to life.

It's called the HART Bellicose and is based on an E46 BWM 3 Series Convertible.

It will end up as a two seater and (with any luck) look like an exotic supercar kind of thing.

It's a work in progress and the design and shape changes daily when I see it starting to look wrong, so don't judge the car until it's finish (then you can tell me it's st). I'm aiming to have the car complete by May 2020. At the moment I'm just building the buck to take moulds from so don't worry, all the foam you will see is not a permanent feature!

If there is enough interest here (and minimal flaming lol) I'll also post the full build diary here as it progresses.

Nick

ETA nono Posting Rule 12e. Please do post your build diary here.

Edited by Scrump on Friday 7th June 15:11

alfaspecial

563 posts

84 months

Wednesday 29th May
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Best of luck with the project.
I designed & built my own 'special' using fibreglass.

What takes the time is building the buck - particularly trying to get things symmetrical - mine is only so-so (as the builder I see every fault......)
Trying to build something the way you are doing is going to use a lot of bodyfiller -

Suggestion - from personal experience - when making your fairings why not build something up 'off' the car make a mould then two mouldings (left/right) and then fit those. The benefit being that they would be both identical and therefore symmetrical and because they are the part of the design that catches the eye first this is important.

You would also gain some fibreglassing experience.
Are you sufficiently 'experienced' to avoid issues of 'tumblehomes'? If you have anything but a simple shape you might have to make the mould in pieces or you wont be able to get the mould off the buck and then subsequently the moulding from the mould.
If I can give a simple example, if you wanted to mould a simple bowl a one piece buck / mould would be fine.
But if you wanted to mould a bottle shape you would been a two piece (at least) mould - this adds complexity to the moulding process.
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As I said, best of luck & keep us all posted.

takemetothepub

Original Poster:

12 posts

192 months

Wednesday 29th May
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Hey thanks for the reply.

I've not personally made moulds before but a friend is going to help with that process who is extremely experienced in taking moulds from cars and other things (did it for a living for many years). So I'm hoping I have that area covered. He also has fibreglass chop gun spray system which will help a lot.

For the fairings I'll keep your suggestion in mind if I fall into trouble getting them right. Any tips like that are always welcome and will no doubt help me a lot!

Nick


RedAndy

575 posts

98 months

Friday 14th June
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Nick

do you want to pop round and I'll show you my similar project? be interesting to talk simlarities etc

Andy