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Old February 16th, 2012, 02:57 PM   #101
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Anyone on here good at fiberglass work? I need some help making a fiberglass mold, these will be big molds for bedside/fenders. any help would be great! even just some tips would be good I have not messed with fiberglass that much. I want to make prerunner fenders and bedsides. there is one company that makes some but I dont like them at all. plus the bedsides are stock size and I want to stretch this around 20"

Plus if I make a mold If I rip one off I can just make another. I have searched every way possible. even fabing ranger bedsides but nothing will get me exactly what I want unless I custom make them myself.
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Anyone on here good at fiberglass work? I need some help making a fiberglass mold, these will be big molds for bedside/fenders. any help would be great! even just some tips would be good I have not messed with fiberglass that much. I want to make prerunner fenders and bedsides. there is one company that makes some but I dont like them at all. plus the bedsides are stock size and I want to stretch this around 20"

Plus if I make a mold If I rip one off I can just make another. I have searched every way possible. even fabing ranger bedsides but nothing will get me exactly what I want unless I custom make them myself.
What all are you curious about? I worked in a shop were we made many a fiberglass mold by hand. I was a machinist on the other side of the building but i got to help out now and then. They built basic plywood boxes and mocked up the inside to create the shape (very similar to plastic molds but only creating a cavity or core). They used a lot of mahagony and wood bondo and would shave and tweak the mold by hand (surforms, files, etc.).

If you were creating a cavity you would have to spend some time getting the inside smooth before actually using it. But for fenders you could probably get away with creating a core and could leave the mold with some imperfections. Wax it up and lay your fiberglass down. Just make sure you don't create any pockets or backdraft that will prevent it from coming off the core. I contemplated the same thing for a few projects but never actually went through with it.

If you have more questions or want some pictures i know i could get you some. I still know a lot of people that work there.
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What all are you curious about? I worked in a shop were we made many a fiberglass mold by hand. I was a machinist on the other side of the building but i got to help out now and then. They built basic plywood boxes and mocked up the inside to create the shape (very similar to plastic molds but only creating a cavity or core). They used a lot of mahagony and wood bondo and would shave and tweak the mold by hand (surforms, files, etc.).

If you were creating a cavity you would have to spend some time getting the inside smooth before actually using it. But for fenders you could probably get away with creating a core and could leave the mold with some imperfections. Wax it up and lay your fiberglass down. Just make sure you don't create any pockets or backdraft that will prevent it from coming off the core. I contemplated the same thing for a few projects but never actually went through with it.

If you have more questions or want some pictures i know i could get you some. I still know a lot of people that work there.
Thanks for the info... My plan is to make my own front fenders along with bedsides. I want to stretch the rear of the bronco and would like to have the same body lines just longer. Plus I can cut out and flare the wheel wells a certian way.
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Old February 20th, 2012, 06:38 PM   #105
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Should be getting started pretty soon. Tube should be in next week along with all my blingy blingy rod ends.
Thanks to Matt Messer with Trail Gear! The Dana 60 has won the battle over IFS, I can not beat it for the amount of $$$ I will have into a linked 60

Hopefully I will have some pics soon, I am ready to get started....
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I can give you some input. My father in law had a fiberglass canoe company that I worked at part time for a few years. Do you have donor steel fenders to use as templates? If so, we can take it from there.
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Old February 20th, 2012, 07:35 PM   #107
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I can give you some input. My father in law had a fiberglass canoe company that I worked at part time for a few years. Do you have donor steel fenders to use as templates? If so, we can take it from there.
Yes, I have the ones on the truck which are in good condition to get a template.
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Old February 20th, 2012, 09:26 PM   #108
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I would half-ass stretch the stock stuff, lube them up and lay a mold around them. No, I am not volunteering to help, I am a stand back and drink beer kind of guy when I'm in other peoples garages.

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Old February 20th, 2012, 09:32 PM   #109
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Curious to see how the 1/4s turn out, I just picked up another set of 1/4's and my plan was to take those and cut my current ones out and use the piece between the wheel opening and the door pillar to lengthen them for a stretch.
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Old February 20th, 2012, 09:36 PM   #110
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I would half-ass stretch the stock stuff, lube them up and lay a mold around them. No, I am not volunteering to help, I am a stand back and drink beer kind of guy when I'm in other peoples garages.

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Do this but don't half ass it. The nicer you make them the nicer the finished product will be. Of course how nice depends on how nice you want them to be but why go through all the work to not have them look great.
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Old February 20th, 2012, 09:51 PM   #111
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sheet metal mold with double sided tape should do the trick
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Old February 20th, 2012, 11:41 PM   #112
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New rod ends came in today..... Thanks to Trail-Gear.
These guys are great, super fast shiping and Great customer service!!!!

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Old February 29th, 2012, 10:56 AM   #114
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Went and picked up the tubing yesterday!!!

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I need some tube lol
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im working on that!

what size is the square tube dj
4x2x11gauge. I might have some extra of the 4x2 I got a ton of it...
Did you guys get in on that order? I know I dropped a lot off for Ricky.
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Old February 29th, 2012, 12:29 PM   #119
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I told u its cool man lol
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