How to Fabricate Automotive Fiberglass & Carbon Fiber Partsby Jeffery Zurschmeide
Fiberglass and composite parts are commonly used in many collector cars, hot rods, Corvettes, and even late-model vehicles. Body panels, interior components, and engine parts are fabricated from fiberglass and composite materials (plastic molded or carbon fiber). While other fiberglass and composite material books have been published, few are focused on fabricating and repairing automotive parts, and this book concentrates on completing common and advanced projects at home in the garage.
The reader is shown how to use glass strand mat, woven fiberglass cloth, carbon fiber cloth, and hybrid fabrics for particular applications. The strength of these mats and ideal uses are covered in detail. Also shown is how to correctly mix the typical resins (polyester, epoxy), hardeners, and gels. Core materials, such as wood, foam, and honeycomb Nomex, are often used to add strength to various parts. All the relevant tools, including mixing containers, holding containers, saws, scissors, files, and shaping tools, are discussed. Constructing patterns to exacting standards from wood, Formica, aluminum, and other materials is essential and covered in detail.
Whether repairing existing components, fabricating new ones, building a race car, or restoring a classic, this is the one book to guide the reader through each critical stage.
Meet the Author
Jeff Zurschmeide is a freelance automotive journalist and the author of four other titles from CarTech Books. His work appears regularly in Forever MX-5, MazdaSport, and Subiesport magazines, as well as newspapers and magazines nationwide.
Dan Burrill is a freelance writer and photographer specializing in kit cars, hot rods, and customs. His work appears regularly in Kit Car Builder and several other magazines. Dan is a former editor of Kit Car Illustrated, and he specializes in technical articles.
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Author Daniel Burrill, with expert assistance from Jeffrey Zurschmeide, has provided a well organized, step-by-step guide to fabricating automotive fiberglass and carbon fiber parts. There are a multitude of illustrated color photos in combination with a well-written narrative to give the novice or the expert all the information that is needed to accomplish the job at hand. By reading and studying this book, virtually anyone with a can-do spirit and some common sense, would be able to manufacture custom parts, repair stock components, create accurate fiberglass or carbon fiber molds, effectively and efficiently apply resin and gel coat, and construct carbon fiber parts. Mr. Burrill began his relationship with fiberglass at the tender age of 10 years old. Thankfully for us readers, he brings his many years of experience in working with fiberglass and carbon fiber, in addition to working on hot rods and kit cars to bear in creating this informative guide. Should you wish to work with fiberglass and/or carbon fiber with the automotive project in your garage, your shop needs Mr. Burrill's how-to fiberglass and carbon fiber book as an essential tool to achieving the results you seek.