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    It's interesting that some of the high temp stuff I've looked at says you can cure upwards of 700 - basically to service temps. There's a long drawn out lowering of the heat and such for the cool off period.

    Pleased with the results on the little cap piece (one blemish from the vac port). It doesn't seem to have separated from the aluminum (as much? - much smaller surface area and it's curved so maybe I just don't feel the delimitation?).

    I like the bronze tint, too.



    Have to laugh at the dust on the front piece. That's next.

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    Header shields are done - now just have to trim a touch, clean them up and put the heat shield stuff in them.

    Two layers of carbon Super 77'd to the foam layer:



    Main foam layer is 1/4" (6mm) thick and the other one above is 1/8" (3mm)



    All wetted out and waiting to set.



    Came out nicely - lots of space around the headers.



    Comparison between the first non heat proof cover and the new one - lots more protection.



    Don't know why this piece didn't brown like the other two - thinking maybe the others are wrapping aluminum so maybe it's picking up something from that? Dunno.



    Starting the top shield. The thick layer first, wrapped across everything.



    Integrated button holes and washers into the edging strips. These will hold the aluminum clamping pieces in place too.



    Here's the edging strip laid in place.



    Getting the carbon cut and fitted. The thin fiberglass veil between the layers makes edging really easy. Once again, wish I'd known about this stuff years ago.

    You can see the two aluminum clamping pieces here - they got hidden between the two layers and that capping strip.



    Wetted out.



    Edging worked like I hoped.



    Close up of the mounting bolt and washer in the edging strip.



    They clip together like the first set did. Yes!



    Top shot of the top piece.



    Lots of room in here.



    The top piece came out of the oven this morning. A bit of trim work, put the heat shielding on the insides of the shields and that's done.

    Headers are headed out tomorrow to get ceramic coated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K-fab View Post
    Headers are headed out tomorrow to get ceramic coated.
    Good, that will really help.
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    Header shields are finished - got the heat shielding in place, things all trimmed and such. They're ready to bolt in once the headers get back from ceramic coating.





    Next is some back end panelling. I don't like the fully open/exposed look so it's time to dress up the pig.

    This area needs something covering it. At first I was thinking aluminum with a cover of carbon but after making the panels I realized that I've knocked out a couple of decent molds (they need some additional flanges for feeding the resin added - that comes a bit later).



    CAD work in action:



    CAD to aluminum. The bump is so I have a clean full access to the belt.



    Installed - very pleased.



    Once I got the big panel set up I started on the oil res cover (actually I started here and then quickly realized that I needed to do the main piece first). I had a mental visual, with a stepped lip where the two pieces fit together. It looked good in my mind's eye. Doesn't look so good in real life.

    Where they come together looks cobbled and doesn't blend well at all. Didn't really see this until I snapped a pic and started studying it.

    This wouldn't be a proper Mini-Raptor project if I didn't make at least one thing twice.

    The res cover gets redone and will blend into the back panel at the bend instead of having that little lip with a really bad blend lip. You can only go so far in cardboard (it's flimsy) so I took the CAD piece, made an aluminum piece and now that's gonna be the pattern maker for the next mold. It's not that complicated and I know which bends to do first this time (never fails... ALWAYS one bend that gets in the way of everyone else).



    Even got the two molds primed and ready for a bit of sanding and then molding but alas, the small one will end up in the rubbish bin.

    The three pieces you see in the large panel will become perforated inserts that fit into the carbon. They'll get pulled off the mold, stuck in the mill and filled with holes. They should drop right back into the carbon and fit like a glove. I did this with the lid on the glove box in the center console and it worked perfectly. I'm also going to be trying out some stiffening strips on the panel - will have ribs that run through it for stiffness. I'm starting to introduce new techniques and processes as I get this stuff figured out.



    Hopefully I get a shop day today - not sure what Robyn has in store for us other than dinner with friends later the afternoon.
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    I like your paint booth/trash can! ��
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    I hear carbon fiber is addictive.......
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    Rubbish bin....is this guy an Aussie?
    "Speed is time-time is speed"-Dennis Hopper

    Quote Originally Posted by TALON View Post
    did you use a special bigfoot camera or something ,you know all blurry could be a tree stump kinda thing .
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdkw1 View Post
    I hear carbon fiber is addictive.......
    Yeah, it, billet anything (especially anodized) and titanium are a disease.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bullnerd View Post
    Rubbish bin....is this guy an Aussie?
    LOL - nah, but I have a lot of Aussie influence. Let's go snag a pint and get pissed (and then find cholla).
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    Quote Originally Posted by K-fab View Post
    Let's go snag a pint and get pissed (and then find cholla).
    Just as long as it gets videoed for posterity's sake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullnerd View Post
    Rubbish bin....is this guy an Aussie?
    Technically it’s a “wheelie bin” ���������� so where you wheelie bin mate!! Hiding out the back with that slab by urself ya scab.!
    Ride it like you Stole IT!!!
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