Testarossa Replica Build.
#11
Looking good.

Thanks for moving the pics, and you have a lovely assistant....she's a "keeper"!

A mate that supports your "hobby" is a definate plus...one who gets out there and helps you with it....that's a "keeper"!

Looking forward to your future progress.


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#12
Thats for sure, she gets right in the middle of it with me.
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#13
It's very rare to meet girls like that.
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#14
Here i'm mapping a location to start with on the hinge, it took about 3 different tries to get it in the right place. This hinge allows the lid to rotate up at a 90 degree angle to the car so if any work needs to be done on the engine it can be easily accessed. The hinge frame itself can be removed, after welding the pieces together it simply bolts in in case the rear glass ever has to be replaced.
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Now that the deck lid hinges i'm moving on to the front fender well openings. they are very Narrow and tall. Due to them being so narrow the tires are really short so they fit side to side, however this makes it to where there is almost 6 inches from the top of the tire to the fender lip.
so this is the side view of a real testarossa vs the replica. and before and after reshaping the openings.
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Now I need to adjust the front ride height, I pulled the coil springs and cut them 1.5 coils. The height looks better after doing this. I left a little room in case I want to go to a larger diameter wheel later on.
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this is what I did for a hood grille. When I got the Testarossa it had ABS plastic cut to shape and screwed in. It looked great from like a hundred feet.... i was roaming the salvage and I came across a 2001 BMW 740il. I looked at the hood, it had a grille and although way to big it had nice lines, Not vertical like the TR but horizontal. Not completely accurate but an aluminum grille has to be better then the plastic. I took it home and the curve matched so I marked it to my hood opening and cut it out. It also has 3 supports in the grille that make perfect mounting brackets.
it will be painted textured black in final paint same as the rest of the grilles.
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the next thing I did was deal with the miss shaped rear quarter panels. Once again they looked good from a distance but they were curved in instead of curving out. I am going to put split rockers on it so the shape was all wrong. I cut out the rear radiator opening and it allowed me to align it correctly. I then put polyurethane foam sheet down, shaped it and fiber glassed it.

Again, the work continues. The Polyurethane sheets are from home depot. It needed it for sure. Now the quarters have the correct curve to them. I used ABS sheet heated and bent to shape to put on the cut part, it is just to hold the shape while I fiberglass.
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