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fiberglass tubs

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by Jackson, May 14, 2003.

  1. Jackson

    Jackson

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    advantages: light, won't rust
    disadvantages: more damage when "rubed" on rocks/trees, harder/more expensive to repair

    Anything else worth mentioning?
     
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    Wiring/grounding issues.
     
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    ooooh, yea - didn't think of that one. That could prove to be an issue. Thanks.
     
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    Don't be mislead by anyone when they say you can "just bolt it on". Since fiberglass is weaker structurally, you need to seriously consider making structural improvements (like a sub-frame) for the body. You need more than 12 body mounts for fiberglass. I assume that this is a consideration only for vehicles that may be driven on public roads - it may not apply to "trail only" rigs.

    I built one of my cruisers with fiberglass. I was very disappointed with my Malotte tub. It was littered with "blowouts" (air gaps between the gel coat and the resin) that made me very angry when finding a few of them after a very expensive paint job.

    You may also be spending a lot of time cutting holes in the firewall and dash to fit all of your original equiptment accessories.

    If I were to do it all over again, I would stick with metal. It will allow you to finish your project much faster.

    ...Just my opinion
    If I were to do it again
     
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    Don't be mislead by anyone when they say you can "just bolt it on". Since fiberglass is weaker structurally, you need to seriously consider making structural improvements (like a sub-frame) for the body. You need more than 12 body mounts for fiberglass. I assume that this is a consideration only for vehicles that may be driven on public roads - it may not apply to "trail only" rigs.

    I built one of my cruisers with fiberglass. I was very disappointed with my Malotte tub. It was littered with "blowouts" (air gaps between the gel coat and the resin) that made me very angry when finding a few of them after a very expensive paint job.

    You may also be spending a lot of time cutting holes in the firewall and dash to fit all of your original equiptment accessories.

    If I were to do it all over again, I would stick with metal. It will allow you to finish your project much faster.

    ...Just my opinion
    If I were to do it again