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Posted by eclipse95racer, Oct 27, 2002
Appearance/Interior/Exterior - All interior and exterior tech discussions; body and paint, conversions, lighting, washing, waxing, etc.
Part of the solution was a "tube chassis" to totally eliminate flex. This includes welding angles in every position possible. It is quite difficult to copy a Spyder frame, since I dont have body shop experience or the patience to take my fenders apart (as well as my entire dash). At this moment, there is litterally no more flex. The door jams now seperate as much as a non-cut GSX when lifted from the middle.
The other part requires some ingenuity with weather stripping and latching devices. What you see in my pictures isnt the complete product. At current state, it looks quite a bit different. The major leakage came from the makeshift lexan sunroof. Mixing lexan and metal with a weak bond will cause vibration/leakage. I'm working on it at the moment. Trying to keep the budge under $500.
At current state it will only leak if you leave a hose running on top of the roof, and it will only leak throught a crack in the silicone holding the lexan roof in place (which I have changed since). It is bone dry through all the weather stripping points, including windows.
The roof is quite cumbersome since it is 2" wider than a Supra, and 6" longer as well. It weighs 30lbs exactly, but still fits in the trunk.
I timed myself at 8 minutes to remove the roof and stowe it in the rear. The car feels like a rock with the roof on, with all the structurizing. Everything is painted and looks quite profesional. Will take more pictures when it is completely done.
and sawall to cut it.
I used a fine metal blade. and went really slow.. It was fine.
hm... well the cage is under 75 lbs. i dont really consider this a bad add of weight. because it is nice to have.
the unibody cross tie is probably around 10 lbs. it is made from all aluminum and bolted to the car.
So at the most I would say 85-95 lbs.
Which you have to also consider the weight of the roof that was subtracted. The roof + Power Moonroof. Im not sure exactly what this weighed, I beleive dre weighed his. Im thinking in the ball park of 35 lbs?
my replacement roof (the targa) is made out of fiberglass. which weighs around 8 lbs. tops.
So overall added weight equals out to 70-75 lbs
with most of the weight being the cage. which soon I hope to have the car "fast" enough to actually require it.
Yeah right. That's like building a whole new car......
whats with your sig?
i look in your gallery, and:
Jesus Christ that car looks as good as that Supra kit that cost 13,000 dollars from Japan. Man that is nice.
now thatys what im talkin about, looks sick man
two - words > BAD ASS!!
only bad thing is that it's RS
where did you get it painted at and how much $ was it?
that car looks sick man. the black is so glossy. thats hot.
Dennis. As much as I hate to do this...I hate SHOW cars, but I gots to give your car a lot of respect. It's not overdone, and it is in good taste. Keep it looking clean.
dude that is pretty sick man nice,,, to bad it is an rs though all well
Hey love the car, just wanna know what size rims you need with that kit? Once again sick ride.
Dennis, Brother you should know I've always LOVED your car it doesnt matter if your car is an RS
Nice looking for sure!!
damn, your car looks awesome!!!
sorry for my poor photo editing capabilites but is this what you are talking about doing?...its just the basic idea
this would take quite a long time! anyhoo. its a cool idea
I was told to either make it fast or targa it... not both... but what if I want both?????
<<<<<<<<spoiled little princess here!!!!!
.....I say go for it