Thursday, July 1, 2010

Fiberglass ?

Last night we recorded episode 20 of our podcast, - Friction in the static. And Ive been thinking about part of the discussion we had, that dealt with an editorial from Rob Fortier, of Rod and Custom magazine.  
In short, he states that he has come round, (for a variety of reasons) in his thinking about using a fiberglass body for a project car. Previously, he would have recoiled in horror at such a thought. But now, although he stops just short of an outright embrace of the concept, he is seriously considering using just such a body for a new build he wants to do. 
Now, the virtual choir of decent(ers) that is sure to make their vocal presence known not withstanding, I have to say I dont think this is a horrible idea. Certainly using steel is in my book always preferable, but given this day and age who of us can afford to spend the THOUSANDS of dollars for something like this:

Go to Brookville, and be prepared to cut a check for upwards of 10 grand or more. And just forget trying to find an original car. You dont have enough body parts or children to sell to afford something like that.

No. Look - there is a historical precedent already in place to make a traditional argument stick with regards the use of fiberglass. I speak of course of Ed "big daddy" Roth. 
You think half the cars he constructed could have been built (even today) out of steel? I suppose so, but its certainly not practical. Ed realized that to do the kind of outlandish crazy type of cars he wanted to do he needed to work in a medium that would allow him the creative latitude to build say, an Orbitron.

If you ask me, apart from the problems with some companies short cutting the fit and finish of their molds, using fiberglass isnt just "ok" in todays world. Its damn near a necessity.  
End of the day, Id rather see 10 glass (hot rod) cars than one more tuner turd, or donk dickhead roll past the shop. Anyway, enough of that, Im burning perfectly good porn surfing time! Later amigos! 

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