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8/24/18 9:30 a.m.


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Photo by Anthony Neste

Does this Toyota MR2 look smooth or what? Its secret? Most of the body panels are formed in fiberglass–all done by entrants Dennis Gundersdorff and Scott Bennewitz.

“We had just enough knowledge to get us in trouble,” Scott told us. In addition to the custom front bumper, the duo fabbed the front trunk lid, rear bumper, sunroof fill panel, interior door panels, and one-piece engine cover/rear trunk lid. The supplies only cost them $135, and they figure it knocked some 500 pounds off the car’s curb weight.

“The thing about this is we didn’t do anything that anyone else couldn’t do,” Scott said. “It’s something truly grassroots; you just have to have a covered [work] area.”

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Robbie
Robbie PowerDork
8/24/18 9:47 a.m.

Five Hundred Pounds!?!

That is awesome. and I'm taking notes.

Robbie
Robbie PowerDork
8/24/18 9:50 a.m.
accordionfolder
accordionfolder Dork
8/24/18 10:57 a.m.

Are there any pictures from the front?  

singleslammer
singleslammer PowerDork
8/24/18 11:46 a.m.

In reply to accordionfolder :

I would be interested in some more info too. 

kb58
kb58 SuperDork
8/24/18 11:48 a.m.
 

 

They're being waaaaay too modest. That's like saying, there's only $473 worth of metal in this Ferrari. Yeah, well that's not where the work is. Raw materials are about 1% of the effort, and anyone who's made a mold understand there are 100's of hours in getting it just right. ONCE you have a good mold, yeah, it's pretty easy to punch out parts, but all the work happens before the first one can be made.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/24/18 11:57 a.m.
accordionfolder said:

Are there any pictures from the front?  

I can post one. Give me a sec. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/24/18 12:05 p.m.

By the way, these photos are from the $2003 Challenge. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/24/18 12:06 p.m.

And some details:

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/24/18 12:07 p.m.

accordionfolder
accordionfolder Dork
8/24/18 12:32 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

Thanks David!

spin_out
spin_out HalfDork
8/24/18 12:47 p.m.

I think my Fiero came in just behind it at the $2008 Challenge autocross.... but I was around 7 tenths slower.  There was no chance of making up that much time.  Very nice car.

 

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
8/24/18 4:18 p.m.

I really loved that car.  

rdcyclist
rdcyclist New Reader
8/24/18 4:21 p.m.

And now I realize that I'm just a piker...

Joe Gearin
Joe Gearin Associate Publisher
8/24/18 4:23 p.m.
alfadriver said:

I really loved that car.  

Me too!  Both end caps were done really well.  It's rare that modified bodywork looks better than stock, but this sure did! 

Robbie
Robbie PowerDork
8/24/18 5:22 p.m.
rdcyclist said:

And now I realize that I'm just a piker...

had to 'urban dictionary' piker, but this is very near the top of car prep on any given year in terms of what I have seen. Plenty of other folks like me who bring something not nearly as well done.

But I love to check these machines out in person and learn to make mine closer and closer...

SVreX
SVreX MegaDork
8/24/18 5:51 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

By the way, these photos are from the $2003 Challenge. 

Are you sure?

I wasn’t at the $2003 Challenge, but I saw that car. Did it come more than once?

It’s a beautiful car. What happened to it?

STM317
STM317 SuperDork
8/24/18 6:48 p.m.

The cowl hood turned into engine cover is brilliant.

Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA SuperDork
8/24/18 7:25 p.m.

...as is the flow-through radiator duct at the front.

 

TIGMOTORSPORTS
TIGMOTORSPORTS Dork
8/25/18 6:19 a.m.

"Work of Art"

jmc14
jmc14 Reader
8/25/18 7:45 a.m.
kb58 said:
 

 

They're being waaaaay too modest. That's like saying, there's only $473 worth of metal in this Ferrari. Yeah, well that's not where the work is. Raw materials are about 1% of the effort, and anyone who's made a mold understand there are 100's of hours in getting it just right. ONCE you have a good mold, yeah, it's pretty easy to punch out parts, but all the work happens before the first one can be made.

Totally agree!   That being said I have over $1000  in just body filler, primer, and sanding supplies in creating the plug for my Cheetah Roadster.  

captdownshift
captdownshift PowerDork
8/25/18 12:21 p.m.

The fiberglass hood, doors and hatch going onto the 323 aren't going to be nearly as pretty. 

jj
jj HalfDork
8/29/18 8:41 a.m.

I wish there were more write-ups on making fiberglass body panels.  I would like to try this one day for my project.

singleslammer
singleslammer PowerDork
8/29/18 8:56 a.m.

In reply to jj :

In this day and age, I think vacuum forming might make more sense. That is what I plan to try on any lightened panels I try to make. 

jj
jj HalfDork
8/29/18 10:36 a.m.
singleslammer said:

In reply to jj :

In this day and age, I think vacuum forming might make more sense. That is what I plan to try on any lightened panels I try to make. 

Is that the same as vacuum bagging?  I know you can vacuum bag fiberglass the same way as CF.

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