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DIY 2nd Gen Fiberglass Body Kit & Hood Scoop

Hey, I'm thinking of fabricating a body kit for my '88 Prelude this summer. It has a lot of rust on it, but I'm a university student and don't have money for a real nice car that's worth spending money on. I would enjoy having the car look a bit nicer, look faster nn all, but mostly I just want to do this work on it for the sake of actually just doing it and learning how. The first thing with this car is that I don't want to spend a lot of money on it. I am more than willing to improvise and do a "farm fix" as long as I can keep it looking fairly decent. So yah, with price in mind, here's what I'm thinking of.

I would like to fab up a hood scoop, the actual style I'm still drawing out and working through in my head, but the technique is what I'm curious about. I want to make it a functional hood scoop, i.e. I don't want it to just be a chunk of fiberglass on my hood. Maybe it won't boost performance, but I plan to cut out a hole in the hood under the scoop so that it won't be completely for show. I've read a lot about molds and waxes and resins and all that, but what I'm wondering about is the use of say, long haired fiberglass body filler. I'm going to be using a bit of that anyways to patch a hole in my passenger door that some old lady put in it. Would it be possible do like, make a general frame for the scoop out of cardboard, cover it with say, saran wrap, and then just brush on many coats of the filler? And would the saran wrap peel off or just adhere to the inside wall of the scoop? I don't mind either of those, as long as it doesn't get all chewed up and start spitting pieces into my engine bay. Time is not really an issue, I have a solid 4 months before my projects need to be completed for the year.

Second idea body related concerns a body kit. Again, same general concept except this time using styrofoam as a base. I would have to coat the styrofoam with something from what I've read, but how would the bodyfiller work in this application? Just paint on a whole bunch of coats, pull it off of the mold and attach it?

Let me know about any ideas or thoughts you may have regarding these two projects, I'm eager to learn all that I can and figure I might as well learn on an old rusty car before I have a car that I'm too scared of making a little mistake on. So yah, thanks for any advice you may have.

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Re: DIY 2nd Gen Fiberglass Body Kit & Hood Scoop

First, depending on where you are located in the world, 88 Preludes are considered as 3rd gens. With that saying, making an air scoop on your hood is useless. Air is drawn in from the front of the car via the intake tubing...an open space on top of your hood will cause so much problems.

...on making your own body kit - i dont suggest it with the methods you said. Styrofoam isn't a good material to attach to the outside of your car. You're better off practicing on using bondo and getting rid of the rust that you say is on the car. Even though you're not really "getting rid of the rust," you can always practice body work on a project car.

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Re: DIY 2nd Gen Fiberglass Body Kit & Hood Scoop

Yah, I realized I typed the wrong generation right after I posted it. So what you're saying is that putting a hole in the top of my hood would actually cause problems? If it was just passive, not really beneficial or detrimental, I would be okay with that, but it would straight up cause trouble?

And I wasn't thinking of attaching the styrofoam itself, I was more thinking of sanding the styrofoam to shape, then coating on about 1/4 - 1/2 inch of fiberglass as a stand-alone kit? And this is a project car in the sense that I'm going to spend the summer working on it, both rust repair as well as doing fun stuff just for the fact I enjoy doing this kind of work. I bought it this fall to get me around for hopefully a couple more years, but it has enough rust on it that death is inevitable in the next 4 years for sure. So yah, would I be able to layer on the fiberglass till it was thick enough and then bolt/screw it on to the car?
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