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#1 -Dab-of-Oppo-

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 02:37 PM

Fancied a bit of an upgrade on my Twintex coolant tank cover I bought when I first got the car so this morning I knocked up a different one using an off cut of carbon fibre I had lying around. It's 1mm thick 3k CF in a 2/2 twill and backed with glass cloth. UV stable gelcoat and resin was used so it should stand the test of time. I finished the edges with a push fit automotive edging trim and riveted a terry clip to the underside to help keep it in place. 

 

Minimal effort required for this easy DIY so quite pleased with the outcome. I may be tempted to make more if the interest is there but wouldn't know what to ask for them. Perhaps give me an idea of what you would be prepared to pay so I can assess if it's worth my while?  

 

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 02:43 PM

Oooo would definitely like one of them. Looks good. £15 sitting here if it's good enough ?



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Posted 15 January 2014 - 02:49 PM

Yeah id give 15 quid. Would be good to offer different colour edging id like blue for my europa car! Looks cracking much better than my vinyl covered home made one! Dan

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 03:42 PM

A much thinner and simplified version used to go for 13: (no longer sold i believe)

http://homepage.ntlw...ales1.htm#cover

So 15 to 20 would be in the fair range.

 

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 04:46 PM

Yeah I would happy send £15 for one.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 05:05 PM

count me in for £15 if it for a n/a type



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Posted 15 January 2014 - 07:37 PM

Looks really smart Graham. If you want to model an n/a one your welcome to come and use mine :)

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 07:43 PM

Is this:

 

http://www.carbuilde...c-edge-trim-5mm

 

the edging trim you used? :)



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Posted 15 January 2014 - 07:48 PM

looks good,would it not be better to superglue or similar  the clip on instead of a rivet as it spoils the clean look..imo..:)



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Posted 15 January 2014 - 07:52 PM

Is this:

 

http://www.carbuilde...c-edge-trim-5mm

 

the edging trim you used? :)

 

Don't think it came from there but yes that looks exactly like what I used. I see they do blue as well.



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Posted 15 January 2014 - 07:56 PM

looks good,would it not be better to superglue or similar  the clip on instead of a rivet as it spoils the clean look..imo.. :)

 

Yeah might be an idea, I just used what was to hand and didn't think it looked to bad with it showing. Could probably do without one altogether especially if you added some sort of support / spacer under the threaded neck of the bottle so it would clamp it in place when the lid is screwed down.



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Posted 15 January 2014 - 08:38 PM

Looks great i would have one @15

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 10:59 PM

I'm in at 15 with the red trim.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 11:10 PM

And people bitched about the point and cost of the other one :lol: fickle bunch

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 11:48 PM

looks smart



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 01:32 PM

looks good,would it not be better to superglue or similar  the clip on instead of a rivet as it spoils the clean look..imo.. :)

 

Could use a black rivet or a stick on zip tie holder and then just zip tie it on to a hose with a permanent or removable zip tie.

 

Looks really good though and better than the original flimsy one I have. Black plastidipped my coolant tank cover to make that tie in as well as it was all faded.



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 01:35 PM

Looks really good though and better than the original flimsy one I have. 

 

What do you do with it that means it needs to be stronger? :unsure:



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 02:05 PM

Doesn't need to be stronger - just meant it will hold it's shape whereas my rrr.2r one is not flat any more. That said it doesn't rattle about on the tank so that's good.



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 02:21 PM

Does it need to be flat? Oh yeah, no it doesn't :lol:

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 07:33 PM

Id take on of these for an n/a. The one I have made made up is a bit naff. Used self adhesive velcro to hold in place which works well.





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