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Default Top Scoop

I painted the drivers side top scoop to match the body to see if I might like it in body color instead of black. After placing the satin black parts back on the car I decided to stick with my original plan and go satin black.

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Old 01-02-2017, 06:57 PM
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Default Lower Scoops

Tomorrow is back to work so I got a full day in on the Sterling.

Started the day painting the back of my seat shells and under side of my rear visor in satin black. This was just brush applied Rustoleum from a quart can. This is the same paint I always use for the under side of dune buggies. It paints on easy, and touch ups blend very nicely.

Spent the rest of the day (about 6 hours) finishing my lower scoop for the drivers side and a little touch up on the passenger side scoop. Got both into primer as well so next step is a wet sand, polish and make a mold.

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Old 01-02-2017, 11:52 PM
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I'm digging the scoops and the color. Keep it up!
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Old 01-04-2017, 08:26 PM
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Default Side Scoop Molds & Parts

Got the side scoop plugs wet sanded, waxed and pva'ed. Waxed and pva'ed the 2 top scoop molds.

Brushed on my tooling gel on the lower scoops and in the upper scoop molds. Next step is making the molds for the lower scoops and making a left and right top scoop. Top scoops will be made with tooling gel since I had it mixed already, No point in wasting it since they get primed and painted anyway.

Its a cool night here in Tampa Bay so its taking a couple of hours for my gelcoat to kick. I could have mixed it a little hotter but its been a while since I have done this so I didn't want to screw up. I gave myself plenty of time by using a slower catalyst.

I'll head back up to my shop and get everything laid up in just a bit.

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Old 01-04-2017, 11:00 PM
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Got the molds laid up and laid up 2 new top side scoops tonight.

Pull and trim up tomorrow and maybe lay up new lower scoops in the new molds.

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You make it look easy
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You make it look easy
Thanks David! I hate to say it but it is pretty easy. Time consuming yes, difficult, not so much.

The time is spent making the plug which you are well into finding out with your new dash. The key will be to spend as much time as necessary making the plug as nice as possible. By the time you are done you will have a couple hundred hours into making your first finished part. That's why I kept my dash design simple and used much of what was already there. As is was, I still had 30 to 40 hours in making the plug and about 25 in making the mold (3pc). The dash layup is another 10 by the time I pull and trim the part.

You are going to have to have a lot to think about when making your dash plug. You always have to keep in mind how am I going to get this thing out of a mold. That's where the experience really makes the difference. Make sure you get advice from guys like Brett as you move forward.

So yes, making a quick mold of a little air scoop on the Sterling is pretty easy. But, by the time I pull and trim up my first parts (lower scoops), I will still have about 16 hours into them. And keep in mind, I cheated, I started with the scoops I bought from the Sterling site. I stuck them down and piled on the filler to reshape them into my own design. If I had to start from scratch, I'd say add a few more hours each side.
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I never thought about it in terms of hours spent, but now you say it I can easily see how the hours have piled up on mine and I'm only just at the starting point to make the plug.
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Old 01-06-2017, 01:39 PM
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New top scoops pulled from the molds and one part trimmed up and ready to be installed.

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The lower scoops are all trimmed up and ready to start making some parts.
Here you can see the difference between the part I started with (purchased from Sterling site) and the new mold.

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New molds attached to some plywood with a goob of body filler to make it easier to lay up new parts.

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The side pod was covered with clear packaging tape to make getting the plug off the pod easy. A few wacks with a rubber hammer and a good tug and off she comes!

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A little light sanding and its as good as new and ready for my new scoop.
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